Rommann wins Section CPC, Boyd uses ace to snare final qualifying spot

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By Ken MacLeod

After a four-hour plus delay due to lightning and flooding, Trent Rommann hit his tee shot to 10 feet on the par-3 15th hole, leading to a birdie that propelled him to victory in the South Central PGA Club Professional Championship Tuesday at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

Rommann, an assistant professional at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, was tied at 6-under with Blake Bowman of Pryor, a regional representative for Yamaha Golf Cars, when play resumed about 6:20 p.m. after golfers had been called off the course just after 2 p.m. due to lightning in the area. A torrential rain came in about 4 p.m. and just being able to get back to the 15th tee was problematic for a time as floodwaters poured through the course.

Torrential rain brought floodwaters delaying play.

Rommann finished at 6-under for 54 holes, while Bowman bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to drop back to 4-under, where he finished tied with Kyley Tetley of the Golf Studio in Bixby and Jeff Combe, director of golf at Tulsa Country Club.

Those four each earned spots in the 2018 Club Professional Championship June 17-20 at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. The fifth and final spot came down to a playoff between four of the section’s most decorated pros in host professional Tim Fleming, Cary Cozby of Southern Hills Country Club, Mark Fuller of Surrey Hills Country Club and Michael Boyd, who has a golf school at The Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow.

Trent Rommann

Boyd seized the last spot with a birdie on the first playoff hole to earn his fourth trip to the CPC. He has never been one of the top 20 finishers in that event who earn berths in the PGA Championship, and has never played in a major championship despite a career that included a stint on the PGA Tour.

“This is my best route to playing in a major,” said Boyd. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It didn’t look like it was going to happen today,”

Boyd was pessimistic after his third shot on the par-5 13th hole hit a cart path and sailed out of bounds, leading to a double bogey. Two holes later, however, he swung an 8-iron on the 153-yard 15th and watched the shot land just short and plop into the hole for his second career hole-in-one in competition and sixth overall.

“I was still trying, but I thought I was just playing for grins after the double bogey,” Boyd said. “Then I make a hole-in-one and I’m back in it. Golf’s a funny game.”

While Boyd, Combe, Tetley and Rommann have all played in the national event previously, it will be a new experience for Bowman, who was the 36-hole leader at 7-under but couldn’t find his swing after the long layoff.

“It was my goal coming in here and I’m really excited,” Bowman said. “The only other national event I’ve played in was the 2007 U.S. Amateur, and it’s kind of weird because that event was also in California and qualifying was in Oklahoma City. I told my wife I took that as an omen.”

Tetley shot the day’s low round of 67 to move up to 4-under on the par-71 Perry Maxwell-designed course. Combe and Rommann each closed with a 71, while Boyd shot 72 and Bowman 74.

Rommann has nearly advanced to the PGA Championship in a previous CPC appearance, chipping in on the final hole to reach a seven-man playoff for the final spots which he didn’t win. This time he hopes he’s one shot better.

In the playoff for those who finished at 2-under to determine the order for alternates, Fleming is first alternate followed by Cozby, Fuller and Brent Wilcoxen of Jenks.

South Central Section Club Professional Championship

Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

1 United States Trent Rommann  Crestview CC E F -6 66 70 71 207
T2 United States Kyley Tetley  Cedar Ridge CC -4 F -4 73 69 67 209
T2 United States Blake Bowman +3 F -4 70 65 74 209
T2 Jeff Combe  Tulsa CC E F -4 72 66 71 209
T5 United States Michael Boyd  Club at Indian Springs +1 F -2 68 71 72 211
ALTERNATES – IN ORDER (4)
T5 Tim Fleming  Oklahoma City G&CC E F -2 72 68 71 211
T5 United States Cary Cozby  Southern Hills CC – Champ E F -2 73 67 71 211
T5 United States Mark Fuller  Surrey Hills E F -2 71 69 71 211
T5 United States Brent Wilcoxen  South Lakes -4 F -2 72 72 67 211
DID NOT QUALIFY
10 United States Jim Woodward +1 F -1 69 71 72 212
11 Kyle Emerson  Oklahoma City G&CC +1 F E 71 70 72 213
T12 United States Jim Young  River Oaks GC -1 F +1 69 75 70 214
T12 United States Kyle Flinton  Quail Creek G & CC +1 F +1 70 72 72 214
T12 United States Steven Hausmann  Hausmann Golf +3 F +1 71 69 74 214
T15 Tim Graves  Coffee Creek GC +1 F +2 72 71 72 215
T15 United States Lee Johnson  Hidden Lakes E F +2 74 70 71 215
17 Kevin Moberg  Summit Golf Brands -2 F +3 71 76 69 216
18 United States Mike Hansen  Duncan G&T Club E F +4 72 74 71 217
T19 United States Jarod Lundy  Winter Creek GC -1 F +5 75 73 70 218
T19 Matt Davis  The Greens CC +1 F +5 73 73 72 218
T21 James Kane +1 F +6 72 75 72 219
T21 United States Jeff Klappenbach  Kickingbird GC +3 F +6 72 73 74 219
T23 United States Jon Burton  Hardscrabble CC +4 F +7 72 73 75 220
T23 Derrick Vest  Patriot GC +4 F +7 74 71 75 220
T25 Brian Soerensen  Kickingbird GC +3 F +8 74 73 74 221
T25 Nick Bryan  Alotian Club E F +8 76 74 71 221
T25 United States Malachi Murphy  Winter Creek GC E F +8 75 75 71 221
28 United States Philip Holley  Hot Springs CC +2 F +9 77 72 73 222
T29 Aaron Kristopeit  Lincoln Park GC +4 F +10 75 73 75 223
T29 United States Kirt Mowery  Golf Club of Oklahoma +7 F +10 72 73 78 223
T29 Derek Franco  Twin Hills Golf & CC +2 F +10 79 71 73 223
T32 Mark Trudeau  Oak Tree National +5 F +11 73 75 76 224
T32 United States Bruce Baxley  Searcy CC +4 F +11 77 72 75 224
T32 United States Darren Watts  Lake Hefner GC +3 F +11 76 74 74 224
T32 Mark Budler  Muskogee CC +1 F +11 78 74 72 224
T36 Mark Wiley  Diamante GC & CC +7 F +12 73 74 78 225
T36 United States Joey Martinez  Belmar GC +4 F +12 72 78 75 225
T38 United States Brent Cryer  The Greens CC +9 F +13 70 76 80 226
T38 Edward Roethlisberger  Ponca City +3 F +13 79 73 74 226
T40 Brad Fulton  Oklahoma City G&CC +7 F +14 76 73 78 227
T40 United States Garrett Diel  Belmar GC +4 F +14 79 73 75 227
42 Corey Burd  Bailey Ranch Golf Club +9 F +15 80 68 80 228
T43 Devin Davenport  Oak Tree National +10 F +16 72 76 81 229
T43 Ben Causgrove  Trosper Park +9 F +16 78 71 80 229
T43 United States Jeff Tucker  Surrey Hills +4 F +16 76 78 75 229
T46 United States Barry Howard  Hot Springs CC +7 F +17 78 74 78 230
T46 United States Mike Stewart  Hidden Trails CC +6 F +17 79 74 77 230
T48 Colin O’Bryan  MacDonald Park GC +8 F +20 73 81 79 233
T48 Brent Mistler  The Greens CC +5 F +20 76 81 76 233
50 United States Steve Blaske  Tex Consolver GC +10 F +22 76 78 81 235
51 United States Troy Hendricks  Auburn Hills Municipal +12 F +26 80 76 83 239
DID NOT FINISH
WD Dj Ransom  Pinnacle CC +13
WD Aaron Speaker  Hillcrest +14
WD Steve Ramsey  Dornick Hills G&CC +15
WD Neely Robertson  Pleasant Valley CC +16
WD Zachary Armstrong  The Trails +17
WD Kristen Palmer  Pinnacle CC +19
WD Terry Wiles  Kickingbird GC +21
WD Wade Walker  Hidden Trails CC +24
WD Greg Bray  Terradyne CC
WD Ryan Rody  Gaillardia CC

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