Champions can point to a pivotal moment that clear a path to victory. Alex Beach paved his way from the left rough on the 15th hole – the No. 1-ranked toughest hole at Belfair’s West Course Wednesday afternoon. It is destined to be video footage that Beach will never grow tired of playing.
Nursing a one-stroke lead and facing a 171-yard approach from the left rough over trees to a tucked pin position on the 474-yard, par-4, Beach decided his caddie clubbed him right. He launched a high-arching 8-iron to within four feet of the flagstick.
The 29-year-old PGA Assistant Professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, then rolled the birdie putt home, and cruised from there to capture the 52nd PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA.