|Don Berry Finishes T-4 at Senior PGA Professional Championship, Claims Senior Player of the Year Honors|
|Don Berry hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the final round for the Senior PGA Professional Championship held at PGA Golf Club on November 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Montana Pritchard_PGA of America)|
|Don Berry hits his shot on the 14th hole during the final round for the Senior PGA Professional Championship held at PGA Golf Club on November 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)|
By Chris RochefordDon Berry of Edinburgh USA was one of seven Minnesota Section qualifiers that traveled to Port St. Lucie, FL for the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship in late November.
As he usually does, Berry made it count by finishing T-4 at 9-under and qualifying for his fifth straight Senior PGA Championship; not to mention every year he has been eligible, he has qualified. The 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be played at Trump National Golf Club, Washington D.C., in Potomac Falls, Virginia on May 25-28, 2017.
Berry was fantastic all weekend. He never posted an over-par round in the four days, and his tournament was highlighted by a 5-under 67 on day two that put him in the hunt at 8-under-two shots back of the leader.
"I really hit the ball well," said Berry, who was named 2016 Senior Player of the Year following this past weekend's performance. "I hit 16 greens the first three days and 15 greens the last day. I was very consistently in good shape putting for birdies which limited my changes for bogey."
Although he couldn't best his finish from the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship in which he finished second, he embraces the competition at the top of the leaderboard with the nation's best Senior PGA Professionals.
"It's very stressful off the course, don't really get great sleep, think about it too much," stressed Berry, who finds himself in this position time and time again. "When playing, it's just a round of golf and I don't feel as anxious. Fun though."
This marks the fifth straight Senior Player of the Year title. Five straight seems to be a reoccurring theme for Berry this season as he continues to flourish in the Senior division. Berry finished 140.50 points ahead of Dale Jones of Mendakota Country Club.
Berry is chomping at the bit to get to Washington D.C. to compete against the best in the world.
"This will be my fifth in a row, really looking forward to it already," he emphasized. "The venue is going to be fun; Trump National in Washington D.C. while he is the President! I'll bet there will be a lot of energy."
"I have made the cut in 3 of the 4 years I've played in it, so I know I can compete out there," he added.
What will it take for Berry to have a chance come that final Sunday you ask?
"I just really need to putt better than I normally do. A good putting week, and I feel like I can contend or at least be part of the conversation."
Additionally to cap off 2016 he finished 7th in Senior PGA Player of the Year rankings nationally
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