Friday, August 22, 2014

Thomsen pulls away for RMSPGA section title

At Black Bull in Montana

     Boise’s Jeff Thomsen is 60, but the former Arizona State University All-American and Twin Falls High School golf star still plays solid golf.

     Thomsen won his eighth Rocky Mountain Section PGA Section Professional Championship Tuesday, Aug. 19 on the par-72, 7,209-yard Black Bull Golf Course in Bozeman, Mt.

     Last year’s RMSPGA Senior Champion made it look easy in capturing his first outright sectional title in five years.

     His 7-under-par 65 in Monday’s first round tied the competitive course record at the private Black Bull course. He followed it with a 4-under-par 68 in Tuesday’s final round to finish 65-68 for 11-under-par 133 and a healthy six-stroke victory. First-place prize was $5,000.

     Tying for second place at 139 for $2,667 apiece were Zach Abels of Twin Falls, Paul-David Milton of Driggs and Brad Martin of Elko, Nev.

     Those three and Thomsen qualified from RMSPGA for the 48th PGA Professional National Championship next June 28-July 1 at The Philadelphia Cricket Club in Pennsylvania.

     Thomsen played in 55 PGA Tour events from 1979-82 and competed in the 1990 and 1998 PGA Championship golf tournaments. He has been the RMSPGA Player of the Year eight times, the first in 1987 and the last time in 2005.

     Three Wood River Valley pros were in the field of 49 pros finishing 36 Black Bull holes.

     Valley Club director of instruction Tommy Sanderson, 67, tied for 27th with scores of 78-75 for 9-over-par 153. The Wyoming native was the RMSPGA Senior Player of the Year in 1999 and Section Senior champion in 2001.

     In 34th place was Lucas Brick of The Valley Club at 78-78 for 12-over-par 156. Right behind in 35th was Dominick Conti of Sun Valley Golf Club at 78-79 for 13-over-par 157.

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