Block outduels Broce in playoff to win PGA Professional National Championship

By Susan Jenior | Correspondent Published:

PGA PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

By Susan Jenior | Correspondent

After four days, the championship was determined by a playoff.

Jamie Broce, men's golf coach for the University of Toledo and qualifier for the PGA Professional National Championship through the Northern Ohio PGA Section qualifier, tied for first with Michael Block, the head professional at Aroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The two finished with identical four-day scores of 2-under-par 286.

Broce lost a two-hole playoff as he carded two par 4s and Block birdied the second playoff hole.

Three additional professionals qualifying through the NOPGA Section Championship finished 36th, 49th and 55th in the championship.

Rob Moss, former Kent State University golf team member and current professional at Pepper Pike Golf Club, fired a final-day 80 after an outstanding tournament that included rounds of 72-72 and 75.

Moss only had one difficult hole, the Par 5 fourth hole that carded a quadruple bogey. The rest of his round included 11 pars and one birdie.

Gary Trivisonno of Aurora, teaching professional at Windmill Lakes Golf Center in Macedonia, earned a tie for 36th with a final 8-over-par for the tournament.

Karen Paolozzi, formerly of Twinsburg and the Chagrin Valley Country Club, was only the second woman to make the cut for the PGA Professional National Championship. Paolozzi fired a final-day 74 for a 49th place finish at 10-over-par.

The top 20 professionals advance to the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 4-10.

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