If you would have asked Ben Kern how he felt about his game and what his chances were of winning the Southern Chapter Championship at Randolph Golf Course, you would have got a humble, positive response. However, even Ben was probably a little surprised winning the championship by an amazing 9 shots. Growing up and playing Randolph as a junior golfer certainly gave him a slight edge, but when you shoot rounds of 66-67-64=197 for a 19-under par total that’s flat-out golfing your ball.
Kerns performance produced only two bogies over the 54 hole competition, including 31 pars and incredible 21 birdies with 9 of them in the final round. The par 72 Randolph Golf Course tips out at 6,862 yards, however it was not able to defend itself over Kerns 350 yard missile like drives that found the fairway more often than not and his putts finding the bottom of the hole as if it was a bucket.
Kern is an Assistant Golf Professional at Blanchard Golf Course on Davis Monthan AFB. He became eligible with the PGA and Southern Chapter at the beginning of the year and has been a dominant force in Section and Chapter tournament events. He managed to win the 2012 Southern Chapter PGA Player of Year by amassing the most points over this year’s tournament events. Congratulations is not only in store for his golf game, as Kern just recently married Jessica Bell, and will be moving out of the country for the next few years.
Finishing with a strong 10-under par performance as runner-up, Head Golf Professional at Ventana Canyon Brandon Smith, shot rounds of 70-67-69=206. In a tie for third was Brent Newcomb, Head Golf Professional from The Stone Canyon Club, and Skyline Country Club’s Head Golf Professional, Chris Dompier, posting 6-under par totals of 210. The three time Champion Rich Elias and the 2010-2011 winner Mike Russell tied for fifth place at 3-under par 213.