Birmingham, AL (March 18, 2019) – Spring has sprung in Birmingham and the 2019 Alabama – NW Florida PGA tournament season is officially underway with the playing of the 2019 Golf Max Stroke Play – Series Event No. 1.

Fifty-one players teed off at 10:00 AM in a shotgun start at Inverness Country Club.  A cooler start to the day was followed by sunny skies and a stiff breeze, which proved to be a challenge for many players.  Mike Genovese, Life Member, and Eric Williamson, PGA Director of Golf at Shoal Creek Club, both fired 2-under par rounds of 69 after the 18-hole competition. Ultimately, it would be Genovese who took home the title in a one-hole playoff.

The playoff took place at the drivable par-4 eighteenth hole.  With a gallery of about 15 looking on, both players took a crack at driving the green.  Genovese finished in the greenside bunker short about 50 feet from the hole while Williamson left himself with a tough pitch over two bunkers to a tight hole location.  Genovese navigated the awkward stance successfully and put his ball to about five feet while Williamson did the same with a nifty spinning wedge shot that finished to four feet. Genovese drained his left-to-right slider while Williamson lipped-out his putt to extend the playoff.

The Alabama – NW Florida PGA would like to extend its sincerest thanks to PGA Director of Golf, Troy Raybon, and the rest of the Inverness staff for hosting a great event to kick off the season.  Also, a big thank you to Rich Santagata, Jr. and Golf Max for sponsoring the first Alabama – NW Florida PGA Stroke Play Series Event of 2019.

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The Alabama – NW Florida PGA is one of 41 Sections that make up the PGA of America.  Our Section is headquartered in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham, Alabama at Ballantrae Golf Club. Established in 1969, the Section consists of over 400 Members and Associates in the state of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.  The Section exists to support its Members who are the driving force to growing the sport and business of golf.