Club Pros Battle For CPC Crown


The 34th PGA Club Professional Championship gets underway Thursday at the Crosswater Country Club in Sunriver, Ore.
The event features the top 156 PGA professional competing for a $300,000 purse.
Tim Thelan, an assistant professional at Baywood Country Club in Pasaden Tex., won last years tournament by birdieing the fourth hole of a five-hole playoff at the Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Okla.
Thelans playoff was won of three staged on Sunday afternoon, all of which consisted of a five-hole composite-score shootout. The playoffs were mandated after persistent rain and lightning Sunday morning forced tournament officials to cancel the fourth round.
Thelan was tied with Mark Brown, the head professional at Tam OShanter Club in Brookville, N.Y., through 54 holes. Both men parred the first three holes of the playoff before Thelan birdied the fourth. He then parred the fifth extra hole to secure the title.
The par-72 7,470-yard Crosswater Club course is the longest ever to host a PGA of America Championship of any kind. It is also the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host The CPC.
The event will be telecasted only on The Golf Channel, beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST Thursday, June 21.