Sean Miller/Gabe Wheeler Capture Final Tournament of 2022
Miller/Wheeler separate from pack to win season finale of 2022.
NICHOLASVILLE, KY (November 1, 2022) – A five-way tie to start the final round of the Pro-Pro Series Championship presented by Golf Pro Payments slowly evolved into a victorious conclusion to 2022 for Sean Miller and Gabe Wheeler. The Associate Professionals from The Club at Olde Stone and Country Club of Paducah prevailed at Keene Trace Golf Club – Keene Run by two strokes to close competition within the Kentucky PGA for the year.
Miller/Wheeler started the day at -6 with four other teams, but the low team round of the event with 64 (-8) cleared a path for them to win over three teams, as Brad Maynard, PGA/Daniel Iceman III, PGA, Vincent Prather, PGA/Jeremy Martin and Dan Utley, PGA/Tom Walters, PGA finished as the runners-up.
Under-par scores were taken from Miller/Wheeler on nine holes on Tuesday, including an eagle from Wheeler on the par-five 17th. Even with bogey being the score taken for the team on two holes, their plethora of birdies made those blemishes of no consequence. They ended the tournament with a score of 130 (-14) which pocketed them a $1,200 check that they will split.
Chandler Morgan picked up his first career individual victory on the Section circuit after maintaining his overnight lead into the final round. He topped the final standings by two strokes with a second straight day in red figures leading to a tournament score of 140 (-4). Tom Walters, PGA finished runner-up to him after posting 67 (-5) on Tuesday which was the low individual round of the tournament.
Bruce Oldendick, PGA also protected his round one lead to convert with a victory in the low senior professional competition. With 143 (-1), he topped Kirk Schooley, PGA by one stroke to polish off another exceptional season and what will be his third straight year winning the ROLEX Senior Player of the Year title.
NOTES & STATS
- There were four eagles made on Tuesday. Robert Costello, PGA and Steve Cox, PGA made the only big birds on the par-five 2nd and 8th holes, respectively. Wheeler and Steve Shafer, PGA made the other two eagles on the par-five 17th.
- Hole 17 was the easiest of the day thanks to their eagles and fifteen birdies. Its stroke-to-par average was -0.12.
- Harder times were found a couple holes earlier on the par-three 15th as that was Keene Run’s hardest hole. +0.76 was its tally.
- The front nine was close to a half-stroke easier than the back nine. Holes 1-9 averaged 37.82 strokes (+1.82) while holes 10-18 yielded 38.21 (+2.21).
- Tuesday’s scoring average was 76.03 (+4.03), more than a stroke easier than Champions Trace’s 77.24 (+5.24) on Monday.
The Kentucky PGA extends its thanks to General Manager Tyler Van Hoose and the entire staff at Keene Trace Golf Club for their assistance in staging this tournament. Additionally, the KPGA offers its appreciation to Golf Pro Payments for their support of this event and all Section activities throughout the year.
This event closes the Kentucky PGA’s season for 2022. The Section’s ROLEX Players of the Year will be confirmed in the coming days and recognized shortly thereafter.
About the Kentucky PGA:
The Kentucky PGA Section (KPGA) is one of forty-one Sections across the country representing the PGA of America and its Members. It is also one of three organizations encompassed within Golf House Kentucky, which also includes the Kentucky Golf Association (KGA) and Kentucky Golf Foundation (KGF). The KPGA contains more than 275 Members and more than 30 Associates working in various roles across Kentucky; all of whom share the goal of bettering the game and its players. The KPGA and its Members assist with the organization of many chief growth-of-the-game initiatives including PGA HOPE and PGA Jr. League among others. The Section also operates more than thirty tournaments throughout the golf season, including the three State Open championships and qualifiers for the Barbasol Championship.
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