Burgess takes second in Northern California Senior PGA Pro & Stroke Play Championship

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Ric Burgess, the head golf professional at Colusa Golf and Country Club, finished tied for second in the Northern California Senior Stroke Play Championship Tournament at Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club on Aug. 29 and 30. It was Burgess’ best finish since 2008, when he won the tournament for the third straight year.

The golf professional from Colusa finished the two-day tournament with a four under par 138. Burgess shot a 69 on Monday, with five birdies and three bogeys, and a 69 on Tuesday, with four birdies and two bogeys.

“I played very well. Either that, or I got very lucky,” Burgess said on Sunday.

Burgess said that this was his first time playing Whitehawk Ranch, and commented that the course played fairly long, particularly a 481-yard uphill par four.

“I did play well. I made two fairly long putts and my short game was pretty good,” Burgess said. “These guys playing are 50 years old and older, and I’m 60 now. I won’t have too many more chances to do this, and I’m proud that I got it done.”

Next up is the Senior PGA Professional Championship Nov. 17-20 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The top five finishers there will qualify for the 2017 Senior PGA Championship.

Burgess has been the PGA Head Golf Professional at Colusa Golf & Country Club since 1992. He played in the 1990 U.S. Open and the 2008 U.S. Senior Open, and did not make the cut in either. Burgess also played on the Asian Tour in 1981, and won the 2009 Senior Nor Cal Open.

Fun Fact

Burgess birdied 18 during his final round, and his former teammate at California State University, Stanislaus – Shawn McEntee – eagled the hole to place the two in a tie for second.

Burgess and McEntee were key members of the Warriors’ Division III National Championship golf team in 1979, as a senior and a junior, respectively. That year, Burgess earned First Team All-Conference, First Team NCAA All-American, and placed second individually at the championship tournament. He was selected the Far Western Conference Most Valuable Player, and culminated his career by participating in the NCAA Division I Golf Championship – one of four Warriors to reach that level. McEntee also earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named a Third Team All-American in NCAA Division III that year.

Burgess had already helped the Warriors to a national championship in 1978, earning Third Team NCAA All-American honors and 1st Team All-Conference in the process.

McEntee helped the Warriors to another championship in 1980, earning First Team All-Conference and First Team All-American honors.

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