There has to be a friendly neighborhood wager in place before Grant Sturgeon and Brian Gaffney head off next month to play in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
I’m guessing the membership at both historic clubs will come up with something original.
Sturgeon battled his swing all day, but the Winged Foot assistant prevented a blow up in the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship and secured a spot by finishing in a tie for third. The Port Chester resident was tied for the lead with Deepdale assistant Ben Polland after three rounds, but he lost ground with a 4-over 74 that left him at even par for the championship.
Fresh Meadow head pro Matt Dobyns won the event with a birdie on the final hole. All three players are part of the Metropolitan Section. Sturgeon will be playing in the season’s final major for a second time. He made the cut in 2009 at Hazeltine National and finished tied for 76th.
Gaffney earned a spot with a birdie on the first playoff hole. The head pro at Quaker Ridge Golf Club hit his approach inside four feet and watched the other four participants come up short. He closed with a 73, rolling in a birdie on the 18th hole to finish the championship tied for 20th with a 4-over 286 total. Gaffney has made three previous appearances in the PGA Championship.
Paramount Country Club head pro Steve Scott finished with a 3-over 73 and slipped into a tie for 31st. GlenArbor director of instruction Rob Labritz carded a 2-over 72 and wound up tied for 39th.
(Photos of Sturgeon, top, and Gaffney courtesy of the PGA of America)