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JULY 24, 2018 - PALM COAST, FL - The 2018 North Florida PGA Professional Championship has a new winner!
Congratulations to Matt Borchert for earning the top spot on the leaderboard at Hammock Beach Resort. Weather conditions on Tuesday were a little more scattered in comparison to Monday. A rain delay was a possibility due to lightening reported about 10 miles out. Luckily, there was no weather interruption and the pace of play could continue as normal.

Along with the winner who won with 5-under par, seven players qualify for the 2019 PGA Professional Championship. At 1 over-par, Kevin Crawford and Zack Vervaecke land T7 spots on the leaderboard.  Three players finished the tournament with 1 under-par and at T4; David Damesworth, Dylan Malafronte, and Gregory McClimans. Two players finished with 2 under-par; David Hronek and Roman O'Rourke ending at T2 on the leaderboard.

The first alternate qualifier is Santiago Cavanaugh and second alternate is John Garrison. Due to Rod Perry and Ron Philo's exemptions as past champions into the PGA Professional Championship, two more alternative spots were available.  A hole-by-hole playoff starting on the 10th Hole was conducted between Jonathan Mansfield, Mark Rummings, and Bradley Lusenhop.  Mansfield was eliminated on the first hole.  Rummings went on to make par on 11 and Lusenhop a bogey, resulting in Rummings as third alternate and Lusenhop as fourth.  

Up next for Borchert is the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in August.  Borchert will be heading to St. Louis, MO after finishing the PGA Professional Championship at T12 and earning a qualifier spot.  When asked how he felt after today's round, Borchert said, "I feel terrific. It's been awhile since I've won a tournament, about a year now.  I'm glad I didn't do the normal 'Borchert Head in the Sand' after hitting a double on my 13th and 14th hole and definitely need to keep working on my putting, but all in all feel pretty good about my game."  Borchert is excited for the PGA Championship in August, especially for his family being able to experience the tournament with him.

Next in Section events is the NFPGA Pro-Scratch on August 6 at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.  Deadline to register is August 1, click here to sign up today!

For the full leaderboard, visit BlueGolf.

Matt Borchert and trophy
Matt Borchert with the NFPGA Professional Championship trophy.

July 23, 2018 - PALM COAST, FL - The 2018 North Florida PGA Professional Championship's first round was held on the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.  Despite a weekend of on-and-off thunderstorms, the weather conditions were clear and warm for the 87 player field.

Course set at par 72 seemed to present a challenge to most of the players, with a course average of 78.  A few players were able to finish the day at even par or lower and find themselves near the top of the leaderboard.  Even par were the likes of David Damesworth, Ron Philo, Daren Johnson, Rod Perry, Jim Garrison, and Stephen Arnold.  Damesworth described the course as "tough with the wind always blowing from the ocean and hole locations. But the greens were firm and I just need to grind it out for tomorrow."

Six players currently sit at one under-par 71 including Jake Etherton, Christian Bartolucci, Spencer Smith, Dylan Malafronte, Roman O'Rourke, and Donny Lee.  Bartolucci found the course to be "fantastic" and will focus on hitting some balls to prevent the scrambling around the greens.  "I'll just sharpen everything up. Tomorrow's going to be a different story and I'll just take it shot by shot and see what happens."

Three players scored two under-par 70; Bob Wallace, Bradley Lusenhop, and Santiago Cavanaugh.  Cavanaugh expressed his time on the course today as "a lot of fun, the golf course is in phenomenal shape, and today I just tried to keep the ball up in play.  All around very playable."

At the top of the leaderboard with 3 under-par 69 sits Matt Borchert, Greg McClimans, and Charles Raulerson.  Raulerson described the course as "real fair, nice set up, pins were accessible, and greens were fantastic."  Borchert echoed this satisfaction today with a simple, "great course, great event."  When asked on what he will look to improve for Round 2, Borchert said, "I'm not going to practice at all. So hopefully, mentally, I can figure out something in my head that'll help me shoot five shots lower."

For the current leaderboard, visit BlueGolf.

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Matt Borchert tees off Hole #1 at the NFPGA Professional Championship.
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Santiago Cavanagh watches his shot from the first tee at the NFPGA Professional Championship
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Rod Perry tees off on Hole #1 at the NFPGA Professional Championship.
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Spencer Smith watches his shot on the first tee at the NFPGA Professional Championship.
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