Minnesota Section PGA Professional Championship

By Maggie Sutton





Dale Jones has been a class A member of the Minnesota Section for 27 years, yet it took him until this year’s Section PGA Professional Championship to get his first Section Stroke Play win. The two-day event was held on Tuesday, August 24-Wednesday, August 25, 2020 at Somerby Golf Club in Byron, MN.

Jones ended up winning wire-to-wire after making a birdie on the first playoff hole needed to break the first place tie between him and Brent Sndyer. Jones shot a 67-73 for a two-round total 140, 4 strokes under par.

The 8 Section Players that will compete in the 2021 National PGA Professional Championship are Dale Jones of Mendakota Country Club, Brent Snyder of Troy Burne Golf Club, Jeff Sorenson of the Minikahda Club, Derek Holmes of PXG Minneapolis, Luke Benoit of Interlachen Country Club, Kris Koretsch of Fargo Country Club, Bill Israelson of Vintage Golf Course, and Eric Rolland of Augsburg College. Israelson and Rolland made the field after a playoff for the last two spots with Don Berry and Grant Shafranski.

Final     R1        R2        Total

1          Dale Jones  Mendakota CC                     -4         67         73         140

2          Brent Snyder  Troy Burne GC                  -4         69         71         140

3          Jeff Sorenson  The Minikahda Club         -3         72         69         141

4          Derek Holmes  PXG Minneapolis             -2         71         71         142

T5        Luke Benoit  Interlachen CC                     -1         73         70         143

T5        Kris Kroetsch  Fargo CC                           -1         72         71         143

T7        Grant Shafranski  North Oaks GC            E          73         71         144

T7        Bill Israelson  Vintage GC                         E          73         71         144

T7        Don Berry  Edinburgh USA GC                 E          72         72         144

T7        Eric Rolland  Augsburg College                 E          69         75         144