Blanton Tessin of Vail, Colo., earned his first victory as a golf professional Dec. 7, winning the third event of the 34th annual PGA Tournament Series. An assistant at Eagle Springs Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo., Tessin, 27, made an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under-par 68 and a two-stroke triumph at 10-under-par 134 on the Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club. He was a co-leader after the first round Monday with a 66.
Tessin marks first professional victory with triumph in event No. 3 of PGA Tournament Series
"The playing conditions were about the same both days," said Tessin, who turned professional in June 2006, and was elected to PGA of America membership last June. "But, if we had started on schedule this morning it might have been a lot different."
The start of second-round play was delayed by frost for 90 minutes. Temperatures in some parts of coastal southeast Florida had dipped to 32, the lowest ever this early in the season.
Tessin eagled the par-5 13th when he holed a 50-foot chip shot from in front of the green and closed out the round with a 12-foot par-saving putt at the par-4 18th. "I made a few putts and pretty much had control of my ball both days," Tessin said. He earned $3,100 from the $15,000 purse.
The top of the 60-member leaderboard was dominated by players more accustomed to the cold. Two players from Minnesota and one from southern Illinois tied for second at 138 and another Minnesotan, Jeff Sorenson, a first-round co-leader, was sixth at 72-138. Chris Borgan of Eagan, Minn., and Chris Peterson of Farmington, Minn., each had a 68. Mark Faulkner of Marion, Ill., posted a 69.
PGA Tournament Series – Event No. 3
PGA Golf Club - Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Ryder Course (Par-72, 6,950 yards)
Blanton Tessin, Vail, Colo., $3,100 66-68—134
Chris Borgen, Eagan, Minn., $1,433.33 68-68—136
Chris Peterson, Farmington, Minn., $1,433.33 68-68—136
Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ind., $1,433.33 67-69—136
Rick Schuller, Chester, Va., $825 69-68—137
Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minn., $735 66-72—138
Scott Ford, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. $675 71-68—139
Chris Brown, Farmers Branch, Texas, $607.50 71-69—140
Kevin Savage, Melbourne, Fla. $607.50 69-71—140
Frank Bensel, Jupiter, Fla. $479.29 73-68—141
Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y., $479.29 72-69—141
Frank Dully, Salem, Mass., $479.29 72-69—141
Travis Johns, Oswego, Ill., $479.29 71-70—141
Brian Varsey, Willoughby, Ohio, $479.29 69-72—141
Ken Martin, Wellington, Fla. $479.29 69-72—141
Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla. $479.29 68-73—141
Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga., $397.50 71-71—142
Brian Cairns, Bloomfield, Mich., $397.50 68-74—142
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