Vail Valley golfer qualifies for PGA Professional Championship
Vail, CO Colorado
ERIE, Colorado – With the low-round score of 66 on the final day of play at last week’s Colorado PGA Professional Championship at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Adams Mountain Country Club director of golf Eric Bradley qualified for the National PGA Professional Championship in June 2010.
“Qualifying for nationals has been a goal of mine for several years,” Bradley said. “It was in my sights a couple of years ago and then I missed the opportunity to play in the tournament the past two years.”
Bradley was in 25th place through the first 36 holes of the 54-hole event.
“Before heading into the 3rd and final round, I told myself that I probably had to shoot 64 or 65 to have a chance to qualify,” he said.
It was no small feat as only two other players had shot 66 or lower during the three-day tournament. Bradley was in one of the first groups out for the day and had a steady even-par round for the first six holes. Then the putter got hot and he made three consecutive birdies to finish out the front nine.
After six more pars to start the back, he saw the leader board on No. 16 and told his playing partner Darren Szot, the head professional at Cordillera Summit Course, that with birdies the rest of the way home Bradley might qualify.
Bradley proceeded to knock in a 20-foot putt for birdie on 16, drove the par-4, 17th and made eagle, and finished with a solid par on the home hole.
After about an hour’s wait, he had finished in a tie for fourth. With only seven players earning a spot in the national tournament, Bradley’s four-way tie for fourth earned him a tip to the French Lick Resort in Indiana next June to compete with 312 other club professionals from around the country. The top-20 finishers at French Lick will earn a spot in the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc.