Sean Dougherty, the head golf professional at Milburn Country Club, shot a five-over-par 76 today in the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship in Hershey, Pa., and ended up tied for eighth in the 72-hole tournament for club professionals.
The 32-year-old Kansas City golf professional had led the tournament after 36 holes, setting a new tournament record with a two-round score of 12-under 131. The previous record had been held by Sam Snead, set in 1971. His 72-hole score was 279, six shots off the pace.
David Hudsell, PGA director of instruction at Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Md., won this year’s 44th annual Professional National championship in a two-hole playoff with Faber Jameson, PGA general manger at Falling River Country Club in Appomattox, Va.. Hudsell and Jameson were tied after 72-hole regulation along with Scott Erdmann, all at 11-under 274. Erdmann, the leader after 54 holes, is the assistant golf professional at Lake Oswego Country Club in Oregon.
The top 20 finishers and ties in the tournament qualify for the PGA Championship August 11-14 at the Atlantic Athletic Club. By finishing tied for eighth, Dougherty earned a spot in the field for the PGA Championship.