By CINDY CROSBY
Local golfer Mark Tomedolskey has qualified to play in the 2021 Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship scheduled to be played May 25-30, 2021 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Tomedolskey made the cut after a stellar performance in the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship held October 15-18 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where he finished 33rd in a field of 264 professionals and captured one of the coveted 35 top spots. The 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship was supported by the Golf Channel and John Deere.
Tomedolskey posted scores of 75, 67, 70, 78 for a total of 290. Omar Uresti captured the championship of the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship with a gem of a performance and set the 72-hole scoring record of 18-under-par 269. Uresti earned a first-place prize of $26,000 from a total purse of $318,000 and became the fourth player to win both a PGA Professional Championship (2017) and a Senior PGA Professional national title.
Tomedolskey was humble in his success and is already looking forward to the trip west in the spring. “The long and short of it is I’m comfortable competing against the best in the country in the PGA America, but competing against guys on tour who play for a living — not so much,” joked Tomedolskey. “But it is great that a select few get to rub shoulders occasionally with the best in the world. It will be a lot of fun and the family will see the sights out west for a couple of weeks.”
In May, Tomedolskey will join the elite field of players at Southern Hills Country Club which is recognized among the top 100 courses in the world and has been the host to 15 major championships since 1946. The 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will mark the fifth PGA of America Championship at the historic venue and first since the 2007 PGA Championship.
Tomedolskey serves as the director of golf at Cherokee Plantation.
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