Williamsville, NY, August 24th, 2021 – The Country Club of Buffalo hosted the 70th edition of the WNYPGA Section Professional Championship on Monday and Tuesday, August 23rd and 24th. Club Professionals across Buffalo, Rochester and Erie, PA competed over 36-holes to try and be named the Section Champion and also earn a berth into the 55th PGA Professional National Championship in April of 2022. Head course superintendent, Anthony Tosh, had the course in championship condition both days which led to a wonderful test of golf.
Defending Champion Rob Krajewski (Glen Oak GC) headed into the week as the favorite, as the leading Professional on the WNYPGA ROLEX Player of the Year Points list, and he did not disappoint. Rob ended up the wire-to-wire winner over the two days, winning by two shots over host Professional Jay Sutherland (2016 Section Champion) and Kirk Stauffer (5-time Section Champion) from Chautauqua GC. Heading down the stretch, Rob eagled the par 5, 13th hole, to take the two-shot lead and never looked back. Rob finished at 4-over par, 144.
Krajewski, Stauffer, and Sutherland will all represent the WNYPGA Section in the 55th PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP April 17-20, 2022 OMNI Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Foothills & Coore Crenshaw Courses) Austin, Texas. The local Club Professionals will compete against the top PGA Professionals across the country and try to play their way into the 2022 PGA Championship.
1 Rob Krajewski Glen Oak GC 71-73–144 +4
T2 Kirk Stauffer Chautauqua Golf Club 73-73–146 +6
T2 J.A. Sutherland CC of Buffalo 73-73–146 +6
4 Tyler Smith Oak Hill CC 73-74–147 +7
5 Dave Coleman Penfield CC 73-75–148 +8
6 Jon Hoecker Brook-Lea CC 74-75–149 +9
7 Steve Barber Locust Hill CC 78-72–150 +10
T8 Tim Fries Glen Oak GC 77-76–153 +13
T8 Rob Horak Midvale CC 73-80–153 +13
T8 Neil Reidy Cobblestone Creek CC 72-81–153 +13
T11 Mike Sweazy Wild Wood CC 79-76–155 +15
T11 Michael O’Connor The Ridge GC 76-79–155 +15
T13 Ryan Swanson Pinehurst G.C. 81-75–156 +16
T13 Cody Endress Brookfield CC 76-80–156 +16
T15 Sean Moffat The Kahkwa Club 85-72–157 +17
T15 Rod Blair The Park CC 79-78–157 +17
T15 Cory Blanchard CC of Buffalo 78-79–157 +17
A huge thank you to host Professional Jay Sutherland and the entire membership at The Country Club of Buffalo. The 71st Section Championship will be held in 2022 at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY.