PGA Professional Rick Schuller Defends Title at Middle Atlantic PGA Tournament of Champions
Hot Springs, Va. – Rick Schuller, PGA (Chester, Va.) of Swaders Sports Park claimed victory once again at the 2012 MAPGA Tournament of Champions with a two day total of 139 (67-72) on The Homestead’s Cascades course. This was Schuller’s 5th Tournament of Champions title. Coming in a very close second place with a two-round total of 141 were Chip Sullivan, PGA (Troutville, Va.) of Hanging Rock CC and Centreville, Va. native Brendan McGrath, PGA of Chantilly National G & CC. With this T-2nd finish, Sullivan now leads the MAPGA Player of the Year Points race by 292.50 points.
In his first round, Schuller opened with a fantastic 2-under par score of 33 on the Cascade’s front nine. He continued to play steady on the back nine adding one more birdie to his card and finishing at 3-under par for the day. The next day proved to be a little more challenging for Schuller. His front nine score consisted of two bogeys and two birdies for an even par score of 35. Then he ran into a couple speed bumps on holes #13 and #18 where he bogeyed; finishing the round at 2-over par. With this win Schuller moved into fourth place on the MAPGA Player of the Year points list.
Two Senior Divisions were represented at the MAPGA Tournament of Champions – 50yrs+ and 60yrs+. Winning the 50+ division and coming off of a great showing at the Senior Open of Virginia was Bud Lintelman, PGA (Purcellville, Va) of Westpark Golf Club who shot even par for the tournament. Roger Hatcher, PGA (Manassas, Va.) of Golf Tour Trailers at 1757 Club was the outright victor in the 60+ division; winning by five shots over PGA Life Member Glen Miller of Herndon, Va.
The only female in the field, PGA Apprentice Ashley Grier (Hagerstown, Md.) of Beaver Creek CC made a very impressive showing by finishing sixth in the Regular Division. Grier’s finish earned her 200 points in the Women’s Player of the Year Points race and will most likely secure her current first place position.
Supported by the PGA Tour, the MAPGA Tournament of Champions is a 36-hole stroke play event showcasing some of the best PGA Professionals in the Mid-Atlantic Region. To qualify for the event, MAPGA Professionals must have won at an eligible MAPGA sanctioned event or garnered points on any MAPGA Player of the Year Point schedule (Section, Senior, Assistant, etc.).