DAYTON, OH (August 15, 2022)Joe Moore, PGA holds the 36-hole lead at one-under-par in the 77th Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex. 

Moore, the Head Professional at Beavercreek Golf Club in Beavercreek, OH, arrived eager to hit the course and go low at the 77th Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship. Beginning on Miami Valley Golf Club’s first hole, Moore gave himself a good start opening with a birdie. A tough double bogey later in the round didn’t phase Moore as he followed it with a birdie. A bogey on the 18th saw him close the first round at one-over-par 72. Sitting two strokes off the leader and tied in fourth place, Moore headed to the tenth tee box for round two. He fought early in the round to stay at even-par through the first nine holes and carded two birdies in the back nine to post a round of two-under-par, 69 and earn his spot at the top of the leaderboard at one-under-par 141. 

Sitting just one stroke off the overnight lead at 142, three players are preparing their game plans to chase the Championship title in Tuesday’s final round. Jeff Olson, PGA General Manager at the Golf Club of Dublin, opened his tournament at two-over-par 73. Finishing the final nine holes of the day at two-under-par, he landed himself at even-par and in the final pairing for the final round. Sam Arnold, PGA General Manager at The Vineyard Golf Course, rounds out the final pairing after a consistent day of even-par 142. Arnold’s mental toughness allowed him to answer every bogey on his card with a birdie or better through 36-holes. Andy Montgomery, PGA Director of Golf at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Center and Scioto Reserve Country Club, carded four birdies in the opening round to hold the 18-hole lead. His second round score of one-over-par 72 moved him one spot back and in the final round’s second to last group. 

Ben Chandler, PGA Assistant Professional at Little Miami Golf Center, rounds out the top-five after carding six birdies on the day to finish one-over-par at 143. Six players also still in the hunt for the Championship sit at four-over-par 146 or better heading into the final round.   

The top-30 players (including ties) advanced to the final round beginning Tuesday, August 16 at 8:00 AM. The top-five finishers in the 77th SOPGA Professional Championship will qualify for the 2023 PGA Professional National Championship. Four alternate player spots are also available to the top players. Bob Sowards, PGA, Director of Instruction at Kinsale Golf & Fitness Center, and Wyatt Worthington, PGA Teaching Professional at The Golf Depot at Central Park  have both earned exemptions into the 2023 PGA Professional Championship based on their finish in previous championships.

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The 2022 Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car, and Rolex. It is also made possible thanks to supporting partners Titleist FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Callaway, NBC Golf Channel and the PGA Tour. 

Thanks to the team at Miami Valley Golf Club for their commitment to hosting the 77th Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship.