Sowards tops money list, Balin best scorer in PGA Tournament Series

The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 | 9:37 p.m.

Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, made the most of his winter visit to South Florida prior to the holidays, capturing one event along with the season money title in the 35th PGA Tournament Series.

Conducted at PGA Golf Club and PGA Country Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the 43-year-old PGA teaching professional at New Albany (Ohio) Country Club, earned $5,663.75 from a total purse of $47,749.98. Sowards won the opening event in the schedule, and posted a season scoring average of 70.75 based on 12 rounds. He finished runner-up to David Hutsell of Baltimore, Md., in the 2011 PGA Professional Player of the Year race.

Balin, a 29-year-old PGA assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., finished as the leader in scoring average at 69.25, based on eight rounds and won the fourth event in the schedule. Balin, a resident of Rockville, Md., was third in the money list, earning $4,770.

The 35th PGA Tournament Series ran from Nov. 27 through Dec. 15, attracting 191 total participants representing 21 states.

Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., who won a second consecutive Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Award, finished runner-up in the money list with $4,787.50, and third in scoring (72.00). Skinner is the PGA head professional at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga.

Other Tournament Series event winners were Craig Stevens of Dallas, Ga., Hutsell and Mike Emery of Canton, Ohio.

The top 10 in each statistical category:

2011 PGA Tournament Series
Final Money Leaders
1. Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio $5,663.75
2. Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga. $4,787.50
3. Danny Balin, Rockville, Md. $4,770.00
4. Rob McClellan, Butler, Pa. $3,032.50
5. David Hutsell, Baltimore, Md. $2,851.66
6. Ryan Garrity, Jupiter, Fla. $2,345.00
7. Craig Stevens, Dallas, Ga. $2,340.00
8. Patrick Rada, Wilmington, N.C. $2,339.16
9. Mike Emery, Canton, Ohio $2,253.75
10. Frank Bensel, Purchase, N.Y. $1,760.00
Final Scoring Average Leaders (Min. of six rounds)
Player/Residence Avg. Rounds
1. Danny Balin, Rockville, Md. 69.25 8 rounds
2. Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio 70.75 12 rounds
3. Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga. 72.00 12 rounds
4. Rob McClellan, Butler, Pa. 72.75 12 rounds
5. Patrick Rada, Wilmington, N.C. 73.25 12 rounds
6. Ken Martin, Wellington, Fla. 74.50 12 rounds
7. Mike Emery, Canton, Ohio 74.83 12 rounds
8. Frank Dully, Salem, Mass. 75.00 10 rounds
9. Dwayne Randall, Findley Lake, N.Y. 75.50 12 rounds
10. Jonathan Reigstad, Arden Hills, Minn. 75.75 8 rounds

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