Under other circumstances, Seattle’s Ryan Benzel might have been
huffy about missing his return flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.
But Benzel, the head professional at Mill Creek Country Club, was
still feeling a bit chipper after his finish at the 41st PGA
Professional National Championship at the Reynolds Plantation in
Benzel ripped up the Great Waters Course with a 5-under-par 67 in
the final round of the national championship for club professionals,
moving up to a tie for fourth (281).
In two appearances in this tournament, he’s posted a pair of
top-four finishes, including his runner-up debut at the 2007 PGA
Professional National Championship at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver,
He backed that up Sunday by moving up 12 spots on the leaderboard
with his 67, which tied David Long for the best round of the day,
earning him another spot in the PGA Championship, set for Oakland Hills
GC near Detroit in August (the top 20 from the PGA club professional
tournament automatically qualify).