The team from Suburban Club, consisting of PGA head professional Mark Helffrich, Brian Stander, Jasson Seiden and Joe Eaton, has advanced from the McGladrey Team Championship Middle Atlantic PGA sectional qualifier to the 2009 McGladrey Team Championship finals at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C., Oct. 26-28.
The format for the MAPGA McGladrey sectional qualifier was the best two net balls of the four, with 75 percent handicap allowance. The same format will be used at the national finals.
Suburban Club fired 16 birdies and three net eagles on the Yorktown course at Williamsburg National for a total score of 124, 20 under par. Suburban Club then went on to win in the playoff against the first place team from the Jamestown course consisting of Shenandoah Valley Golf Club’s head PGA professional Richard Runyon, Lantz Russell, Doug Spooner and Stu Shaeffer. In regulation play the team from Shenandoah had 18 birdies to finish at 18 under par 126.
The two teams faced one another in an exhilarating aggregate two-hole playoff using the first hole from each course. The format for the playoff was the best three balls, net, taking strokes as they fell on the score card. After the first hole, the teams were tied with three net pars each. During the second hole, team Suburban produced some fantastic shots and notched a victory over Shenandoah Valley.
“Our team was nervous during the playoff and I just wanted to calm them down," Helffrich said. "We had some great play out there from everyone, especially Brian, who had two net eagles, even though he was in his pocket seven times. I never would have thought I would win, we would win, this thing.”
There were a total of 35 teams at the sectional championship from 32 clubs in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Each team advanced from a local qualifying stage to this qualifier, but only one advances to the national championship where they will face off against 40 other teams, one from each PGA section in America.
For results for each MAPGA Professional’s team, click here.
MAPGA Press Release
Posted Sept. 2, 2009