Fleming captures berth in 2020 Senior PGA Championship
AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 6, 2019) – The Michigan PGA Section’s Scott Hebert charged from behind to capture the 31st Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Fazio Foothills Course.
With the win, Hebert added his name to a short list. He joined Steve Schneiter (1995, 2016) and Bob Sowards (2004, 2018) as the only players with a victory in both the PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Championships.
“Those two guys are legends,” said Hebert, the PGA Head Professional at Traverse City (Michigan) Golf and Country Club. “It was magical yesterday and it started back up on the back nine today.”
Hebert’s four-day score of 16-under 270 (70-70-63-67) matched a Championship record for lowest 72-hole total. He finished four strokes clear of Jerry Haas of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jeff Hart of Solana Beach, California, and Frank Bensel Jr. of Jupiter, Florida.
Each of the top five earned an exemption into the final stage of the 2019 PGA Tour Champions National Finals. The top eight, including ties, automatically qualified for next year’s Championship, to be held Oct. 15-18, 2020, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
With the victory, Hebert earned the Leo Fraser Trophy and $21,500 of the $300,000 purse. He also leads a contingent of 35 players heading to Harbor Shores Resort to compete in the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship May 21-24.
One of those players earning a spot in the 2020 Senior PGA Championship is Tim Fleming of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Fleming shot a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish at 4-under 282, tied for 29th overall.
The 2021 Senior PGA Championship will be held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.