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Keffer Wins Section Championship
Geoff Keffer knew he had his work cut out for himself coming into the final round of the 2016 Colorado PGA Professional Championship at Cherry Creek Country Club on Wednesday. Keffer was two-shots behind Caine Fitzgerald, the current leader of the Dow Finsterwald Player of the Year race who just happened to have won the 2012 Colorado PGA Professional Championship; the last time it was held at Cherry Creek Country Club.
Keffer did his work during the final round by firing a tournament best five-under-par 67 to earn a comeback victory and his first ever title in the Colorado PGA Professional Championship.
“This is our biggest tournament and was the only one missing from my playing resume in the section,” noted Keffer. “To be able to add my name to the trophy and be in the same club as all those great champions and people means everything.”
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Northern Wins Colorado Senior PGA Professional Championship
Colorado Springs Professional Fires 10-under 134
Mike Northern, PGA Life Member, followed up a stellar first round with an even better second round to win the 2016 Colorado Senior PGA Professional Championship on Tuesday in Lafayette, CO. Northern, a four-time Dow Finsterwald Player of the Year fired back-to-back rounds of 67 to finish at 10-under-par 134.
“This was really good for me!” noted Northern following his victory. “I haven’t won anything in a long time.”
Northern posted a bogey free round on Tuesday and made five birdies including a closing four-under-par 32. “I saw the scores at the turn and knew somebody was going to post a decent score so I knew I had to go out and keep going,” Mike said. “I thought to myself, why can’t that be me?”
Northern relied on his normally strong iron game over the two rounds but it was his wedge game that made a difference. “My irons are usually the strength of my game and they were good this week but I really hit my wedges well this week.”
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Core-Drevecky Named Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year, Patterson PGA Teacher of the Year
12 Recipients to be Honored November Awards Gala
Leslie Core-Drevecky, the PGA Head Professional at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado has been named the 2016 Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year. The highest honor given annually by the Colorado PGA, the Golf Professionals of the Year award goes to a member for overall performance including leadership, service and promotion of the game of golf.
Steve Patterson, PGA Instructor from Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colorado was named the 2016 Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year for his “outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.”
Core-Drevecky and Patterson lead a contingent of 11 PGA Professionals and one non-member (see list below) that comprises the 2016 Colorado PGA Special Awards class, which will be honored on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, CO. Additionally, the Players of the Year and Charles “Vic” Kline Awards will be awarded that evening.
The 12 recipients of the 2016 Colorado PGA Special Awards includes:
- Golf Professional of the Year: Leslie Core-Drevecky, PGA – Murphy Creek Golf Course, Aurora, CO
- Teacher of the Year: Steve Patterson, PGA – Hiwan Golf Club, Evergreen, CO
- Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Brad Gannaway, PGA – Colorado Springs Country Club, Colorado Springs, CO
- Bill Strausbaugh Award: Dale Smigelsky, PGA – Collindale Golf Course, Ft. Collins, CO
- Horton Smith Award: Mark Bacheldor, PGA – UCCS PGA-PGM, Colorado Springs, CO
- Warren Smith Award: Craig Parzybok, PGA – Fox Hollow Golf Course, Lakewood, CO
- Player Development Award: Trent Wearner, PGA – Trent Wearner Golf Academy, Englewood, CO
- Youth Player Development Award: Katie Milstead, PGA – The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch, Denver, CO
- Private Merchandiser of the Year: Greg Bryan, PGA – Roaring Fork Club, Basalt, CO
- Resort Merchandiser of the Year: Rich Parker, PGA – Kissing Camels Club, Colorado Springs, CO
- Public Merchandiser of the Year: Mark Pfingston, PGA – The Golf Club at Bear Dance, Larkspur, CO
- President’s Award: Ed Mate – Colorado Golf Association, Denver, CO
Colorado PGA HOPE Program to Benefit from LIFT23 Partnership
The Colorado PGA and the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation are happy to announce a new partnership with Lift 23. LIFT23, a premium sock and apparel company, is partnering with Colorado PGA REACH, the philanthropic arm of Colorado PGA, to promote and support the Supporting Our Military pillar of Colorado PGA REACH.