The annual PING Southwest Section PGA Section Championship was hosted by the Chase Golf Club @ Coyote Springs in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 54 hole Championship was a difficult test of golf over the 7,117 yard par 72 course designed Jack Nicklaus.
It was a four way match coming down to the final hole, and as the last putt was holed found Brandon Smith the Head Golf Professional at the Ventana Canyon Golf Club on top of the leader board. Smith said, “After making my par putt on the last hole, I was not sure if I had even won.”
Smith not only won, but took home $5,000.00 for winning the Championship and an exemption into the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Smith commented on the fact of how important it was to him winning the Section Championship, but also to have an opportunity to play in the PGA TOUR event next year was exciting.
The 7-under par total, shooting rounds of 69-69-71=209 gave Smith a one stroke victory over two time defending champion Dean Vomacka 69-69-72=210, Marty Jertson 69-71-70=210 from PING Golf, Inc. and teaching Professional Mike Malaska 67-70-73=210 representing Superstition Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.