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Faber Jamerson, PGA General Manager of Falling River Country Club in Appomattox, Virginia Wins the 87th Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship
Williamsburg, Va. – PGA Head Professional Faber Jamerson of Falling River Country Club (Appomattox, Va.) played a steady final round to win the 87th Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA. This is the first Section Professional Championship win for Jamerson who is also a three-time State Open of Virginia Champion. This win secures Jamerson’s advancement to the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship (PNC) which will be held at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon in June. Joining Jamerson in Oregon will be fellow MAPGA Professionals and past PNC Champions Wayne DeFrancesco (Columbia, Md.), David Hutsell (Lutherville, Md.) and Chip Sullivan (Troutville, Va.). In addition, the next lowest ten players in the field earn advancement into the 2013 PNC.
Starting his final round in third place at 5-under par, Jamerson was paired in the final group along with fellow Virginian Chip Sullivan and Defending Champion David Hutsell. Sullivan, who started the round at 6-under par, finished his front nine at 1-under par, taking him to 7-under and an outright lead of the tournament. Jamerson, matched Sullivan’s 1-under par on the front nine taking him to just one stroke off the lead. For Hutsell, an unfortunate triple bogey on hole #3 and bogeys on holes #5, #6 and #8 would put him out of contention after being tied with Sullivan to start the day.
The back nine became the judgment nine for both Sullivan and Jamerson. After birdies on holes #11 and #12, Sullivan gained a three shot lead over Jamerson who then gained a shot back by making a birdie on hole #14 where Sullivan made par. A challenging par 5, hole 15 was the game changer for both players. Sulllivan found the water hazard near the green and this created a domino effect of poor shots for Sullivan who made double bogey. Jamerson hit an offline second shot on #15 that placed him next to an immovable obstruction. Fortunately Jamerson was entitled to relief from the obstruction without taking a penalty stroke. His third shot landed two feet from the hole and he tapped in for the birdie. The lead went to Jamerson who was now one shot up on Sullivan with three holes to play. “I didn’t really know that I was in the lead at the time,” said Jamerson, “I just kept trying to make pars and get the putts to fall.”
On the 16th hole, a 458 yard par 4, Jamerson made a steady par and Sullivan bogeyed to give Jamerson a two shot lead. Then on the par 3, 17th hole, Jamerson’s tee shot landed a little long forcing him to make an up and down to save par. His chip-shot landed five feet from the hole and he just missed the par putt to shrink his lead to one stroke over Sullivan who pared #17. Coming down #18, Jamerson and Sullivan hit their tee shots in the fairway. Jamerson was first to hit and placed his second shot about 18 feet to the right of the flagstick. Sullivan followed by hitting his approach shot to 15 feet, just past the flagstick.
Both players studied their birdie putts carefully. Jamerson, with the longer putt, played first. Jamerson made a smooth stroke with the right amount of speed yet the putt fell slightly to the right of the hole giving him a short 2 foot putt for par. Sullivan’s 15 foot birdie putt just skimmed the edge and he finished with a tap-in for par. To put the icing on the cake, Jamerson holed is short par putt, grabbed his ball from the hole and stood up with an ear-to-ear grin.
“It feels great to win the MAPGA Professional Championship and earn a chance to play again at the National level,” stated Jamerson when asked how this win felt after finishing runner-up in the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship.
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