Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

April 11, 2013

Burgin wins regular professional division at Eller Pro-Am

CROSSVILLE — The team of Todd Jenkins, PGA, Jack Estes, Tyler Farrar and John Downs ran away with the Ervin Division crown at the 2013 Harold Eller Pro-Am presented by Adams Golf with an impressive two day total score of 27-under-par. Jenkins and company bettered second place finishers Paul Brannon, PGA, Kevin Mullins, Nick Garretson, and Bill Wedekind by eight shots.

The Eller Divison of the Pro-Am was highly contested and ended in a two-way tie for the championship. The team of Chris Dibble, PGA, John Thomas, Scott Smith and Jack Smith dueled to a 17-under-par tie with the team of Braxton Hunter, Dustin Davis, Mike Freels and Philip Lee. Three teams finished one shot back at 16-under-par.

In the regular professional division, Kelvin Burgin, PGA tamed the difficult Old Hickory Country Club by shooting a two-day total score of 4-under-par 138. Burgin cleared the field by six strokes as Euggie Jones, PGA, Loren Personett, PGA, and Jared Melson, PGA, finished tied for second at 2-over-par.

Greg Wyatt tied for sixth place at six-over-par 148 with Scott Masters and Stephen Graham.

Joey Hickman, PGA won the senior professional division by one stroke over Craig Lee, PGA with a 5-over-par two-day total of 147. Hickman trailed Lee by four strokes entering the final round before posting a closing round of 72 to seal his come-from-behind victory.

After opening with a 4-under-par 67, Tyler Farrar coasted to a three shot victory in the scratch amateur division. Farrar finished with a second round 70 to win by three strokes over Nick Garretson. Garretson posted rounds of 72 and 68 to finish the tournament at two under.

In the senior amateur division, Mike Freels and Steve Golliher battled for a shared title as both players finished the Pro-Am with a two-day total of 146 (4-over-par). Dennis McNeal, who opened with an opening round 68, finished one shot back at 147.

In the Old Hickory Member division, John Downs had an impressive second round of a net 68 to give him the victory. He had a two day net total of 143 (1-over-par). Tied for second place were Tommy Hoppes, Phil Smith and Ron Bargatze who all had a two-day net total of 147 (6-over-par).

Burgin and teammates Brandon Weaver, Bert Henderson and Marvin Manson finished fifth in above division, while Wyatt and teammates Adam Forgey, Tim Richardson and Blake Garrison tied for third with two teams at 126 in the Eller 3 Scratch division.

The Tennessee PGA would like to thank Old Hickory Country Club and host professional Joey Hickman for hosting the Harold Eller Pro-Am. Old Hickory was a gracious host and this year’s tournament would not have been as successful if it wasn’t for their help and support.

A special thanks is also extended to Scott Harriger and Adams Golf for sponsoring this year’s Harold Eller Pro-Am. Without the support of our sponsors, the Tennessee PGA’s events would not be made possible.

(Story and photo courtesy of the Tennessee PGA)

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