DAYTON, OH – Bob Sowards, PGA claimed the 78th Southern Ohio PGA Senior Professional Championship title presented by Cadillac.
“I just love to compete,” reflected Sowards about his experience on the course this week. “My attitude is I have fun when I win – so it was very fun this week and it’s been fun the last six years in this event. It’s just an honor to have my name on this trophy.”
Bob Sowards added another record to his list in the Southern Ohio PGA Section – six consecutive wins in as many years of eligibility at the SOPGA Senior Professional Championship. The Director of Instruction at Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club has a passion for competing and it shines through when the pressure is on.
“My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible,” noted Sowards about his strategy to defend the title. “I know I can go low. I didn’t really miss any shots; I didn’t give myself any chances to make bogey.”
Sowards’ opening round was highlighted by a 77-yard hole out on the 14th hole. That eagle helped him earn a share of the lead overnight. Heading into the final round, Sowards was in familiar territory where he knew it would be a battle with longtime friend and competitor Sam Arnold. He started to break away with two birdies in the opening three holes, which Arnold answered with a couple birdies of his own before the pair made the turn. Sowards continued sticking to his plan of hitting as many greens as possible, giving himself opportunities to go low. Four birdies in the final nine holes and he successfully defended the SOPGA Senior Professional Championship title finishing the tournament eight-under-par 136.
“Sam – he’s always brought out the best in me,” noted Sowards reflecting on his competitive relationship with Sam Arnold, PGA. “We’ve battled for 20+ years. He’s gotten the best of me & I’ve gotten the best of him but it’s always a treat battling him.
Arnold, PGA General Manager at Vineyard Golf Course in Cincinnati, wasn’t letting the championship go easily. Opening the tournament with a three-under-par 69, he put himself in a great spot looking to claim his first win. With 13 pars in the final round, he finished the tournament 69-71 four-under-par to punch his ticket back to the national PGA Senior Professional Championship set to be played in October.
Based on his finish at previous championships, Sowards is exempt into the 2023 event.
Joining Sowards and Arnold in in the field at the 2023 PGA Senior Professional Championship are; Dan Gage, PGA Director of Golf at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club; Tim Krapfel, PGA Head Professional at Bel-Wood Country Club; Zach Fink, PGA General Manager at Beckett Ridge Golf Club and Chad Ammer, PGA Assistant Professional at Maketewah Country Club.
Pat Delaney, PGA, Brian Jones, PGA, Barry Hinckley, PGA, Larry King, PGA and Tom Bach, PGA earned spots as alternates from the Southern Ohio Section.
The 2023 PGA Professional Championship is scheduled to be played October 26-29, 2023 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.
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The 2023 Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac.
Thanks to the team at Walnut Grove Country Club for their commitment to hosting the 78th Southern Ohio PGA Senior Professional Championship.
1 Bob Sowards Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club 69-67–136 -8 $1,150.00
2 Sam Arnold Vineyard Golf Course 69-71–140 -4 $950.00
T3 Dan Gage Wedgewood Golf & Country Club 73-72–145 +1 $700.00
T3 Tim Krapfel Bel-Wood Country Club 72-73–145 +1 $700.00
T5 Chad Ammer Maketewah Country Club 74-72–146 +2 $505.00
T5 Zachary Fink Beckett Ridge Country Club 73-73–146 +2 $505.00
T7 Brian Jones Kenwood Country Club 74-73–147 +3 $310.00
T7 Pat Delaney Reid Memorial Park Golf Course 73-74–147 +3 $310.00
T7 Barry Hinckley Jefferson Golf & Country Club 74-73–147 +3 $310.00
10 Larry King Tri County Golf Ranch 75-73–148 +4 $220.00
T11 Tom Bach Heatherwoode Golf Club 74-75–149 +5 $90.00
T11 John Gordon Oxford Country Club 72-77–149 +5 $90.00
T13 Bob Stephens Sycamore Creek Country Club 77-73–150 +6
T13 Chris Black Valley View Golf Club 75-75–150 +6
15 Mike Kaido Zanesville Country Club 72-79–151 +7
T16 Jack Pawelkoski PGA Life Member 80-72–152 +8
T16 Dave Bahr Maketewah Country Club 78-74–152 +8
T16 Steven Klick Beavercreek Golf Club 76-76–152 +8
T19 Rodney Royster Westerville Golf Center 76-77–153 +9
T19 Craig Goldsberry PGA Life Member 74-79–153 +9
21 Ken Corliss The Golf Club of Dublin 74-80–154 +10
T22 Cory George PGA Life Member 77-78–155 +11
T22 Ray Finnearty PGA Life Member 77-78–155 +11
T22 Scott Spence The Lakes Golf & Country Club 76-79–155 +11
25 Tommy Hilliard PGA Life Member 76-80–156 +12
26 Paul Hollenbaugh New Albany Country Club – North/East 79-78–157 +13
27 Paul Hobart PGA Life Member 83-76–159 +15
28 Glenn Johnson York Golf Club 76-84–160 +16
T29 Randy Neufarth PGA Life Member 83-78–161 +17
T29 Jon Decker Medallion Club – Meadows 80-81–161 +17
T29 Brian Tyra Walnut Grove Country Club 75-86–161 +17
T32 Mike Thomas Sharon Woods Golf Course 87-75–162 +18
T32 Alex Brickley Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club 84-78–162 +18
34 Brian Kelly Ohio State Golf Club 87-84–171 +27