Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pleasant Hughes Remains in the Lead after 36 Holes at the 89th Middle Atlantic PGA Championship

(Richmond, Va.) – Even the rain and a one hour weather delay couldn’t cool off Pleasant Hughes, PGA as he remains in the lead at the 2014 Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship at the Country Club of Virginia. After playing his first round on the par 72 Tuckahoe Creek Course, Hughes, an assistant professional at Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland, shot a 3-under par 69 on the James River Course and now sits at 10-under par for the event.  Hughes played the front nine holes at even par, but finished his round by making birdie on three out of the last five holes.  He takes a four stroke lead heading into the final round. The cut fell at 152 for two rounds, with 62 Professionals making to the final round.

Faber Jamerson, PGA General Manager at Falling River Country Club in Appomattox, Virginia, is four shots back of Hughes.  Jamerson, the 2013 MAPGA Player of the Year, shot a second round score of 4-under par 68 to get to 6-under par for the tournament.  Low round of the day goes to Craig Callens, who is quite familiar with this course as he is the Assistant Professional at the Country Club of Virginia.  Callens shot an impressive 5-under par 67 on the James River Course and is in eighth place heading into the final round.  Defending champion Dirk Schultz, PGA from Beaver Creek Country Club in Hagerstown, Maryland, shot a second round score of 3-under par 69 and is currently tied for third place at 4-under par.

Contested at Richmond’s Country Club of Virginia, the MAPGA Professional Championship is the premier event of the MAPGA and is a 54-hole stroke play competition. There are 153 PGA Professionals from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., taking part in the biggest event in the Section and a purse of $47,000. The 11 low finishers plus exempt former champions Wayne DeFrancesco, David Hutsell, and Chip Sullivan all advance to the PGA Professional National Championship. For more information about the tournament, click on the following link:

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