SCOTT WEMPE CAPTURES MIDWEST PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; WEMPE EARNS BERTH IN 53rd PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – August 14, 2019 – Scott Wempe of Manhattan, Ks., winner of the Midwest PGA Professional Championship, August 13th at Firekeeper Golf Course will lead four Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 53rd PGA Professional Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.

Wempe turned in a winning total of 4-under-par, 212, to capture the Midwest PGA Professional Champion title. Jeremy Dear of Kansas City, Ks. was runner-up, finishing at 214. They are joined by Rob Wilkin of Overland Park, Ks. and Austin Jarchow of Greenwood, Mo.

The PGA Professional Championship and 41 PGA Section Championships feature a total purse of more than $1.5 million. The PGA Professional Championship purse is $550,000, distributed among those who make the cut in the 312-player field. Golf Channel will televise all four rounds of the national Championship.

If eligibility is met and maintained, the low 20 scorers in 2020 will earn berths into the 102nd PGA Championship, May 14-17, at Harding Park Golf Club, San Francisco, California.

In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional Championships and exemptions into six PGA TOUR events over a 12-month period.

Established in 1968, the PGA Professional Championship roster of Champions includes the following premier TOUR professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, and Bruce Fleisher.

The PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, NIKE and TaylorMade Golf.  Presenting partners are Golf Channel and the PGA TOUR. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.

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