Two Oklahoma teams finish top 30 in PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2024) –  It didn’t matter that the formidable team of Bob Sowards and Ben Kern started the final round five shots out of the lead in the PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship at PGA Golf Club.

They still believed they were the ones to beat, and probably so did the rest of the field.

And they were correct. Like a racehorse that hangs off the lead before kicking it into overdrive in the stretch, Sowards and Kern combined to shoot a 12-under 60 Thursday to win by two shots over the team of PGA Tour caddie Brennan Little and Kent Graham.

“That was the definition of the tournament,” Kern said of the racing analogy. “We hung back, looked up and took off.”

It was the third Senior-Junior title for Kern and Sowards in the last four years as they finished at 30-under 257. They also won the 2022 Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship.

The only score that matched their 12-under 60 in the tournament was shot in the second round by Tim Fleming and Shannon Friday of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. They were a combined 4-under on their other three rounds to finish at 16-under and in 28th place.

The top finish by an Oklahoma team was Jim Young of Gaillardia Country Club and Jett Johnson of Quail Creek Golf & Country Club, who opened with a 62 and tied for 13th at 20-under.


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