Fleming, Woodward, Kane to represent Oklahoma in Professional National Championship

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SUNRIVER, Oregon – Nestled on the eastern flank of the Deschutes River and at the base of the Cascade Range, Sunriver Resort’s 3,100 acres have been familiar territory for nearly three decades to many of golf’s premier performers. Those that have walked the fairways before know that there are hidden challenges at Crosswater Club and Meadows Golf Course, which lie at an elevation of 4,164 feet.

Those partner layouts are host to the 46th PGA Professional National Championship
presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, June 23-26, the showcase event for the PGA Professionals. It is the third National Championship at the scenic Central Oregon locale, following visits in 2001 and 2007. A 312-player field representing 45 states and 41 PGA Sections will bid to hoist a 17 1/2-pound crystal, the Walter Hagen Cup, the prize named after the player and PGA of America charter member who spent a career elevating the golf profession.

Representing the South Central Section PGA are Tim Fleming, director of golf at Oklahoma City G&CC; Jim Woodward, teaching professional at Oak Tree National GC; Trent Rommann, assistant professional at Crestview CC in Wichita and Jim Kane of Edmond.

The first two rounds of the National Championship will be conducted on the par-72, 7,530-yard Crosswater Club designed by Bob Cupp in 1995, and the par-71, 6,969-yard Meadows Course, which was crafted by John Federspiel in 1969, and redesigned by John Fought in 1999. The final two rounds will be conducted at Crosswater Club, past site of the JELD-WEN Tradition (2007-10), a major championship on the Champions Tour.

The perks for the Championship field are many, including the low 20 scorers advancing to
the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. In
addition, eight of the 10 members of the United States PGA Cup Team that will face Great Britain & Ireland, Sept. 20-22, at Slaley Hall in Northumberland, England, will be determined at Crosswater Club. The remaining two players for the U.S. Team, the result of a two-year points system, will be determined after the PGA Championship.

The PGA Professional National Championship features a total purse of $550,000, and is
supported by Titleist/FootJoy, Callaway Golf, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas and Ashworth Golf and the PGA Tour. Golf Channel will broadcast the Championship live Sunday, June 23 through Wednesday, Jun 26. PGA.com will also provide complete coverage of the National Championship.

Established in 1968, the PGA Professional National Championship roster of Champions
includes past and present Tour professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert and Bruce Fleisher.

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