PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Tim Fleming, director of golf at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, came up short in his bid to represent the state club professionals at the 2021 Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship next May 25-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
Fleming, long one of the state’s top club pros, made the cut at the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship which concluded Oct. 18 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but did not finish among the top 38 golfers who were awarded spots in the field for the Senior PGA Championship. He tied for 60th at 7-over par, four shots back of those who made the field. Fleming shot rounds of 71-72-76-75.
He was 25 shots behind winner Omar Uresti, a long-time competitor on the PGA Tour and a former winner of the PGA Professional Championship. Ureti’s 18-under total was six shots better than his nearest competitor and set off a firestorm of criticism on Twitter that he should not be eligible to play against club professionals. Uresti, a 51-year-old PGA Life Member from Austin, Texas, earned a first-place prize of $26,000 from a total purse of $318,000 and became the fourth player to win both a PGA Professional Championship (2017) and a Senior PGA Professional national title.
Three other Oklahoma pros qualified for the event. Jeff Combe of Tulsa, Corey Burd of Owasso and Tim Graves of Edmond, did not make the 36-hole cut.
PGA Golf Club has now hosted 13 Senior PGA Professional Championships since 2001. Most observers on site were wondering if there has been a more dominant effort.
“It will take probably a few more strokes under par once we all return here next April (25-28) for the PGA Professional Championship,” said Uresti, who will be part of the 360-player field. “I’m just happy to have had this kind of week here.”