Tim Cantwell & Jason Martin Win PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship

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Tim Cantwell & Jason Martin Win PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship

By Craig Dolch
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If you finish ahead of Bob Sowards and Ben Kern in a team PGA Winter Championship, you’re going to have a good week.

Jason Martin from Naples and Tim Cantwell, Palm Beach Gardens, did exactly the same thing on February 1. They shot 9-under 62 to fend off a challenge from Kern and Sowards and win the Senior-Junior Team Championship at PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie.


Jason Martin, PGA, hit his shot from the second tee in the third round at the 54th PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek, Austin, Texas.
Martin and Cantwell, who met at Seminole Golf Club 20 years ago, shot a total of 36-under 250 to share the $10,000 first prize. After winning the championship in the previous two years, Kern (252) was two shots behind Cantwell and Martin (36-under 250).
“It amazes me how low the scores are in this tournament,” said Martin, the PGA Director of Golf at Old Collier Golf Club in Naples. “We did a good job of staying in the present and being focused. When you’re playing well, it’s easier to stay in the present.”
“We covered each other really well,” said Cantwell, a PGA Teaching Professional at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens and a caddie at Seminole. “Jason holed a chip on the 11th hole, and that was big for us. We birdied the next two holes after that to keep the lead.”
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Sowards and Kern began the day five shots behind leaders Cantwell & Martin. But, they quickly birdied the first four holes before Kern got hot. They birdied 15, 16 & 17 to pull within one shot of the leaders. Cantwell birdied the 17th to give them a cushion.

“We just didn’t make enough birdies the previous two days,” said Sowards, the PGA Director of Instruction at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in Powell, Ohio, who had won his last three starts at PGA Golf Club. “I knew we needed to shoot something in the 50s today to have a chance, but it wasn’t enough.”

Said Kern, the PGA Director of Golf at Georgetown Country Club in Texas: “We didn’t quite have the firepower we’ve had over the last couple of years. It was still a great tournament for us. We are the main focus of the tournament. It’s nice to be on top and have everybody chase you. That makes you a better player.”
Cantwell, 52 years old, has been playing some great golf in recent times. He won last year’s South Florida PGA Section Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico this spring.

Tim Cantwell, PGA, hit his shot from tenth tee at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor.
Mick Smith, Summit, Wisconsin, and Jamie Christianson, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, shot 64. They were third at 33-under 253, one shot ahead of Sonny Skinner, Georgia, Rob McClellan, Butler, Pennsylvania, Chad Proehl, Urbandale, Iowa, Jay Giannetto, Marshalltown, Pennsylvania.

GolfPass, On Location presents the PGA Winter Championships. The Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship will be played on February 5, on the Ryder or Dye courses. Sowards & Kern are the defending champions.

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