Brown, Weinhart Earn Low PGA Club Professional Honors at KitchenAid Senior PGA
Low PGA Club Professionals Tim Weinhart, Mark Brown & KitchenAid Senior PGA Champion Steve Stricker.
Tim Weinhart thought it was over. His chances for Low PGA Club Professional now gone.
So, he went to the local In-N-Out Burger to grab some lunch and catch the final round of the 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
It was there, too, in the midst of the restaurant’s famous Double-Double, that he was going to need to head back to PGA Frisco.
After a wild ride on the 72nd hole of the 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship—which included a extremely rare ricochet on the fly— Mark Brown, PGA, opened the door during the final round on May 28 to jointly share Corebridge Financial PGA Team Low Club Professional Honors with Weinhart.
Thanks to some divine intervention along Panther Creek — or maybe it was Weinhart’s magic Double-Double — they also both became the first Low PGA Club Professionals entered into the Fields Ranch East at PGA Frisco history books.
On his final hole, Brown had a two-shot lead over both Weinhart and Northern Texas PGA Section Vice President Cameron Doan, who hit the first shot ever in competition at Fields Ranch on May 25. A double bogey on No. 17 would end his chance for a three-way tie.
Meanwhile, a different kind of double would absolutely make Weinhart’s day.
First, Brown outdrove Ernie Els off the No. 18 tee, straight down the middle of the fairway of the par 5, 548-yard finishing hole. Sitting between a 5-iron and 6-iron, Brown chose the 5-iron, only to find the creek’s ravine.
After a drop, Brown’s wedge from 95 yards to the 18th green looked spot on, only to land directly on Ricardo Gonzalez’s ball. The two balls ricocheted hard in opposite directions. Brown had the worst of their luck as he rolled off the green onto the fringe.
Gonzalez was able to place his ball back where it started; Brown had to play his ball where it lay.
A chip and two putts later, Brown and Weinhart unexpectedly found themselves knotted together in the first major championship at Fields Ranch East, as Brown dropped two shots to 6-over.
A day before, Brown’s wife, Debbie, reminded him that they needed new kitchen appliances. After all, the ones he won at the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship for finishing as co-PGA Low Club Professional were sold in a house sale when they moved from New York to Hobe Sound, Florida.
For earning Low Club Pro honors at Fields Ranch East, both Brown and Weinhart will be able to upgrade their homes with brand new KitchenAid appliances. In addition, each earned $6,450 for their T-55 finish.
Among the major champions they finished ahead of were two-time U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and 1997 PGA Champion Davis Love III and 2016 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champion Rocco Mediate.
Weinhart got in the 156-player field as the next-to-last alternate into the 36-member Corebridge PGA Team of PGA Professionals. A total of 11 PGA Members made the cut and played the weekend.
“I didn't expect to be here, for sure,” Weinhart said while holding the crystal Corebridge Financial PGA Team Low Club Professional trophy. “I was really ecstatic when I got in on Monday. I'm very humbled, very proud.”
Brown, the PGA Teaching Professional at the Yacht & Country Club in Stuart, Florida, and Weinhart, the PGA Director of Instruction at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Georgia, were celebrated outside the Fields Ranch clubhouse live on Golf Channel.
“Anytime you can get Low Club Professional at a major championship is awesome,” said Brown. “It means the world, and it's kind of the goal coming here — make the cut and then try to get Low Club Pro.
“To represent all the PGA Professionals out there, any one of them could fill our shoes right now. It’s a dream come true.”
Weinhart will go back to Heritage Golf Links with a full-slate of lessons to teach, the day after competing in a major championship. Brown heads to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Tuesday qualifier for the Principal Charity Classic PGA Tour Champions event.
The two PGA Members finished at 6-over, 294 for the week, tied for 55th overall in the most prestigious championship in senior golf.
This is the second time Brown tied for Low Club Professional honors in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Four years ago, he shared the stage with Bob Sowards, PGA at Oak Hill Country Club.