Breen Wins TN Sr. Professional Championship
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After two days of beautiful weather at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, Bill Breen, PGA of Harpeth Valley Golf Center secured his fourth Tennessee PGA win in a row this year at the Tennessee Senior PGA Professional Championship.
Round one of the tournament brought clear skies and plenty of birdies to go around. Breen clocked in four birdies and only a single bogey on the 18th hole to make his round one score three-under, 69. Oak Ridge Country Club Professional Glenn Hudson, PGA and Ted Rhodes Golf Course Professional Audie Johnson, PGA tied one stroke behind Breen at two-under, 70. Hudson sunk two eagles and two birdies to bring him to the runner up position. Johnson finished the round with four birdies securing his number two spot on the leaderboard. There was a three way tie for fourth place between Bear Trace at Tims Ford Professional Jared Melson, PGA, The Honors Course Professional Henrik Simonsen, PGA and Vanderbilt Legends Club Professional Buddy Harston, PGA. Melson finished the day with two birdies, Simonsen with four birdies, and Harston with seven birdies to put the trio at one-under, 71.
With the top six players all within a stroke of each other, the competition was high for the second round. Breen kept his momentum high and had three early birdies in a row on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th hole. Melson played it steady with all pars and a single birdie on the front nine but he fought hard and sunk three birdies on the back nine to finish runner up at four-under, 140. Fairways & Greens Golf Professional Walt Chapman, PGA had a bit of a rough start with a bogey on the first hole but that was his only one as he finished at third place with four birdies at two-under, 142. Johnson fought hard to stay in the top six with three birdies and finished at fourth place with one-under, 143.
Fox Den Country Club Professional Jake Reeves, PGA was determined to get a top spot as well and went from seventh place to a tie for fifth with Simonsen after three birdies in the second round. Simonsen finished the day with two birdies for the pair to finish even at 144. Breen had another three birdies in a row on the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes totaling eight birdies for the round which put him in the top spot at eleven-under, 133.
This year, the top 6 finishers will represent the TNPGA at the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Good luck to Breen, Melson, Chapman, Johnson, Reeves, and Simonson at the National Championship.