Beach Leads By One Over McCormick Entering Final Round of Fall Finale
West Caldwell, N.J. - Section Championship winner Alex Beach of Ridgewood shot a second round 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark McCormick.
Beach is looking to secure his first OMEGA Player of the Year Award Presented by Dunning Golf, while McCormick is bidding for his fourth major. McCormick won the 2001 and 2010 Charity Clambake, as well as the 2008 NJ State Open.
Richard Terga of Mountain Ridge shot a second round 73 to fall three shots behind Beach. Terga is seeking his first major title.
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Alex Beach Wins the 88th New Jersey PGA Championship
Edison, N.J. - Alex Beach can now call himself a multiple New Jersey PGA major winner.
The 27-year-old battled from four-strokes behind to win his second major and first New Jersey PGA Professional Championship at Plainfield Country Club Thursday afternoon by two-strokes over Sam Kang.
“I’m thrilled but kind of surprised and shocked,” Beach said. “I had no idea where I stood. I didn’t look at a scoreboard all day. To find out Sam was right there and I came out on top feels good.”
Beach has finished inside the top-10 in 10 of his 17 events this season. He has four victories this year including a win with runner-up Sam Kang at the Pro Pro Championship.
In May, Beach won the Assistant Event at Plainfield for the second consecutive year.
“I came into this with confidence,” Beach said. “I love this golf course. I’ve had a lot of success here before.”
Beach began his final round with a bogey and double-bogey, but reeled off four birdies in his final five holes to shoot a 3-under 69.
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“It was a grind,” the Ridgewood Assistant said. “This is one of those rounds where you have to stay in it mentally.”
With the win, Beach is now the No. 1 ranked player in the Omega Player of the Year standings over Dan Kinn.
Beach, along with the top 11 finishers, have now qualified for the PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort in June 2017.
Below are the 11 qualifiers:
1. Alex Beach
2. Sam Kang
T3. Pat Fillian
T3. Dan Kinn
T5. Brett Jones
T5. Bill Britton
T7. Kevin Maciorowski
T7. Vince Ramagli
T7. Frank Esposito
10. Craig Smith
T11. Marc Issler (Won in playoff)