2012 PGA Winter Championships

bob sowards
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With his PGA Match Play victory to round out the 2012 season, Bob Sowards now owns four career titles in the PGA Winter Championships.
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PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Saturday, February 04, 2012 | 10:40 p.m.

2012 PGA Winter Championships
The PGA Winter Championships is a six-event series for PGA members played over the first six weeks of 2012 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.  They are resented by Premier Golf, United Rentals and Hospital for Special Surgery and supported by Jacobsen, Golf Pride and Dryrainge. Click here for series overview.

PGA Match Play Championship
Feb. 6-11

Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, birdied the second extra hole on Saturday to win the 49th annual PGA Match Play Championship and get a measure of revenge from his opponent in the finals, Danny Balin of Rockville, Md., who edged him for the PGA Stroke Play Championship crown one week earlier. Final story. Click here for complete coverage.

PGA Stroke Play Championship
Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Danny Balin of Rockville, Md., opened his bid for 2012 PGA Professional Player of the Year by winning the 59th annual PGA Stroke Play Championship. An assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., Balin, 29, went from three down after 54 holes to win by three with a closing round of 67. Click here for complete coverage.

PGA Women's Stroke Play Championship
Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Joy Bonhurst of Kensington, Md., won the 13th annual PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship despite bogeying the 18th hole three times within the last half-hour of the tournament. Bonhurst outlasted Carla Wasienko of Rockville, Md., in a playoff after they tied at 225. Click here for complete coverage.

PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship
Jan. 16-19

Kevin Morris and Frank Bensel won the PGA Senior-Junior Championship for the third time since the tournament was changed to a pick-your-partner event in 2005. Bensel, 43, of Jupiter, Fla., and Purchase, N.Y., birdied five of his first six holes en route to the unprecedented victory. Bensel and Morris, 60, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., finished at 28-under 260 on three courses over four days to win by a stroke. Click here for complete coverage.

PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship
Jan. 9-11

Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., and Ed Sabo of Tequesta, Fla., two former PGA Senior Professional Players of the Year, were the biggest winners in the 28th annual PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship. Skinner, 51, head professional at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., was low for the two youngest age groups, 50-54 and 55-59, with 11-under-par 205. Click here for complete coverage.

PGA Quarter Century Championship
Jan. 4-5

Jerry Tucker and Steve Heckel, who gave Tucker his first job in golf, were the big winners in the 58th annual PGA Quarter Century Club Championship. Tucker, 62, co-founder of the Treasure Coast Senior Tour based in Stuart, Fla., shot a pair of 68s for 136 to set the pace among professionals in the age groups under-50 through 60-64. All have been members of the PGA of America for at least 25 years. Click here for complete coverage.