Rod Perry wins PGA Professional National Championship, tops qualifiers for PGA Championship

  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 11:50 PM

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Rod Perry won the PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday at Sunriver Resort, shooting a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory.

The 39-year-old Perry, the PGA head pro at Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Fla., had four birdies and a bogey on the Crosswater Club course to finish at 10-under 277. He earned $75,000, spots in six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period and topped the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship in August at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.

Ryan Polzin finished second at 7 under, closing with a double bogey for a 71. The 33-year-old Polzin is the PGA head pro at Royal Oaks in Houston.

Perry opened with an 8-under 63 on the Meadows course and added rounds of 72 and 73 at Crosswater to enter the final day a stroke behind leaders Mark Sheftic and Chip Sullivan.

Perry rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 15th with a birdie on the par-5 16th, holing a 12-footer minutes after Polzin pulled even with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th.

Polzin hooked his drive on the par-4 18th into deep grass left of the fairway, took an unplayable lie and ended up with the double bogey. Perry parred the final two holes, two-putting from 20 feet on No. 18.

Jeff Sorenson had a 71 to finish third at 5 under. The 34-year-old Sorenson is a PGA teaching professional at Columbia Golf Club in Minneapolis.

Sullivan, the 2007 winner at Sunriver, and Sheftic each shot 76 to tie for fourth at 4 under with three-time champion Mike Small (72) and JC Anderson (67).

The 38-year-old Sheftic is a PGA teaching pro at Merion in Ardmore, Pa.; the 48-year-old Sullivan is the PGA director of golf at Hanging Rock in Salem, Va.; the 47-year-old Small is the golf coach at the University of Illinois; and the 51-year-old Anderson is a PGA teaching pro at Mid-Rivers Golf Complex in St. Peters, Mo.

Kirk Hanefeld earned a spot in the PGA Championship at the age of 57, closing with a 73 to tie for ninth at 1 under. The two-time Senior PGA Professional National Championship winner is the PGA director of instruction at Renaissance in Haverhill, Mass.

The final three spots in the PGA Championship were decided in a six-player playoff.

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