Luke Sestero, PGA Assistant Professional at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, Idaho, and his teammate Brett Nagel, PGA Director of Instruction at The Club at SpurWing in Meridian, Idaho, posted a bold final round 3-under-par score of 67 to overtake the leaders and capture the 2019 TaylorMade Rocky Mountain Section PGA Pro-Pro Shootout presented by adidas Golf and supported by JC Golf Accessories, The PGA TOUR, OMEGA and Bushnell Golf. The duo fired rounds of 67-63-67=197 to finish at 13-under-par, just a single stroke ahead of front runners Jason Jacobsen, PGA Head Professional at Idaho Falls (Idaho) Country Club and his partner Ryan Nielson, PGA Head Professional at Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna, Idaho. The conditions at the venerable Pinecrest Golf Course in Idaho Falls, Idaho, were amazing considering the horrendous weather on day 1. The field was grateful to get in the final round before a second day deluge struck the area.
Coming from behind was the order of the day in the Senior Division as well. Duffy McFarland, PGA Director of Golf at Teton Lakes Golf Course in Rexburg, Idaho, with his partner PGA Life Member Fred Luthy from Boise, Idaho, overtook the overnight leaders Chad Watson, PGA Head Professional from Boise (Idaho) Ranch Golf Course and his partner Tad Holloway, PGA Head Professional from TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho. McFarland and Luthy fired rounds of 70-62-66=198 to finish at 12-under-par and a 3-shot victory.
The first two rounds of the 54-hole Shootout were played on Monday, May 20th and the formats were four-ball stroke play and scramble. The final round concluded on Tuesday, May 21st and the format was modified alternate shot. Forty 2-person professional teams competed in regular and senior divisions from the Rocky Mountain Section PGA for a purse of $23,500.
The Rocky Mountain Section PGA would like to thank John Johnson, Territory Sales Manager of TaylorMade for the Title sponsorship. Appreciation is also extended to presenting sponsor Jeff Smith from adidas Golf, and supporting sponsors Bushnell Golf representative Charley Carlson, Greg Jenkins from JC Golf Accessories, The PGA TOUR and OMEGA for supporting this event. The Rocky Mountain PGA sincerely thanks host PGA Professional Tim Reinke, his hospitable staff and the city of Idaho Falls for hosting the championship.
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