NAPLES, FL – Patrick Rada, PGA Assistant Professional at McArthur Golf Club is our 2017 E-Z-GO South Florida Open presented by Vertical Groove Golf Champion. Rada entered today’s final round just two shots behind second round leader and Senior Division Champion Gene Fieger, PGA Director of Golf at The Club at Pelican Bay. The final round was contested on the Cypress Course at Bonita Bay Club Naples.
This victory marks Rada’s second South Florida PGA win this year. Earlier this summer he and Kevin Murphy, PGA Head Golf Professional at McArthur Golf Club were victorious after a three hole sudden death playoff at the Pro-Assistant Championship.
Rada has played many great tournament rounds but never under these circumstances against some of south Florida’s best players. Heading into today’s final round he knew he had to put up a low number if he was going to have a chance to win, and that he did. Rada’s 65 was the lowest eighteen hole score this week, and his 203 (-13) three day total was good enough to edge out his nearest competitor Alan Morin, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls of the Palm Beaches by three strokes.
“I played really well all week, I struck the ball well and made a lot of great putts,” stated Rada. “Today I got off to a great start making birdie on my first hole. Then on the back nine I went birdie, par, eagle, birdie and finished out the round with a par to shot one of my lowest tournament rounds ever.”
Rada’s key to success this week was “staying in the moment”. Rada was one of forty-nine players who made the second round cut in this week’s championship.
The 2017 E-Z-GO South Florida Open was presented by Vertical Groove Golf and supported by GolfBuddy, JaniKing, Precise Yardage Book and TurfHound.
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