COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 29, 2022) – Ricky Denny, PGA and amateur Ben Herman card a team score of eight-under-par 64 to win the 2022 GOLFTEC SOPGA Pro-Scratch supported by Mizuno Golf and Precision Pro Golf at Columbus Country Club. 

Ricky Denny, PGA Assistant Professional at Jamaica Run Golf Course invited amateur Ben Herman to be his partner for the annual team Pro-Am event hosted at Columbus Country Club. The duo started the day strong and steady going two-under-par on their first six holes. A bogey on the seventh was no issue for them as Herman helped close out the first nine with two birdies. The pair continued their birdie streak on the 10th and 11th holes then added three more birdies to post a final team score of eight-under-par 64. 

Sean Arthur, PGA Director of Golf at Hamilton Elks Golf Course and his amateur partner Justin Epure made a sprint to claim the lead but finished two strokes short with seven birdies and a bogey on the card to post a final score of six-under-par 66. Anthony Andrews, PGA with partner Joe Ruzick and Joe Moore, PGA with partner Caleb Westfall both held the clubhouse lead throughout the day finishing at five-under-par 67, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Denny and Herman. Five teams rounded out the GOLFTEC SOPGA Pro-Scratch top-five at four-under-par 68. To view the full GOLFTEC SOPGA Pro-Scratch team leaderboard, click here

In addition to the team contest, Southern Ohio PGA Professionals had the chance to compete in the 18-hole individual stroke play contest as well. Mike Thomas, PGA Assistant Professional at The Vineyard Golf Course finished at the top of the Main Professional Contest leaderboard with a score of two-under-par 70. Andy Montgomery, PGA Director of Golf at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Center finished one stroke back and in solo second place with a score of one-under-par 71. The Main Professional leaderboard top-five was rounded out with five players finishing at even-par 72. To view the Main Professional leaderboard, click here.

The Senior Professionals Contest was claimed by Tim Krapfel, PGA Head Professional at Bel-Wood Country Club. He carded a clean scorecard with four birdies to post a final score of four-under-par 68 – the lowest score of the day. The top-five players on the Senior Professional leaderboard was rounded out by five players carding scores of one-over-par or better. To view the Senior Professional leaderboard, click here.

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Seven Southern Ohio PGA Professionals competed in the field while representing the four GOLFTEC locations located within the Section in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton. Thank you to the 2022 SOPGA Pro-Scratch title partner for their support of Southern Ohio PGA professionals! 

Thank you to Mizuno Golf for their support of Southern Ohio PGA professionals and amateurs alike this season. Mizuno representative Tim Botschner provided players the opportunity to hit the new Mizuno driver in the Mizuno Driver Challenge hosted on the range at Columbus Country Club. Congratulations to amateurs Matt Dabbelt and Greg Lemenchick on winning a new Mizuno driver! 

Thank you to Precision Pro Golf for their support of Southern Ohio PGA Professionals and amateurs, also, this season. Justin Guenther represented Precision Pro Golf on the range at Columbus Country Club while providing players the opportunity to test out the new NX10 rangefinder. On the course, amateur Ben Herman won the Precision Pro Closest to the Hole Challenge by sticking his tee shot to two feet and six inches on the ninth hole green. 

Thank you Ryan Coll, PGA Director of Golf; Garrett Wisniewski, PGA Assistant Professional; Chase Wilson, PGA Director of Instruction and their team at Columbus Country Club for hosting the 2022 GOLFTEC SOPGA Pro-Scratch supported by Mizuno Golf and Precision Pro Golf.