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Feenstra Wins Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship
Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle beat Scott Erdmann of Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore., on the first playoff hole to win the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship.
Feenstra and Erdmann finished 54 holes at Illahe Hills in Salem, Ore., in 10-under 206. Those two players will be joined in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship by Ryan Benzel of Pro Golf Discount - Lynnwood (Lynnwood, Wash.), Corey Prugh of Manito G&CC (Spokane), Luke Bennett of Semiahmoo G&CC (Blaine, Wash.), Tom Sovay of GC at Redmond Ridge (Mukilteo, Wash.), Joe Carranza of The Members Club at Aldarra (Falls City, Wash.), Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC (Blaine), Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC (Kent, Wash.) and Brad Faller of The Reserve Vineyards (Aloha, Ore.).
The PGA Professional National Championship will be held June 24-27, 2012, in Seaside, Calif. It will feature a field of 312 contestants representing the PGA of America's 41 sections.
In 2012, the National Championship field will compete on the par-72, 7,104-yard Bayonet and par-72, 7,024-yard Black Horse courses. The complex is named in honor of two U.S. Army divisions at the former Fort Ord. Bayonet opened in 1954 and Black Horse in 1964. The final two rounds will be conducted on Bayonet.
All four rounds of the PGA Professional National Championship - which will have a total purse of $550,000 - will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 players and ties. The low 20 scorers in 2012 will earn berths into the 94th PGA Championship, which will be held August 9-12 at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional National Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional National Championships and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.