Aliso Viejo’s Michael Block wins Southern California PGA Professional Championsh…


Aliso Viejo's Michael Block watches this tee shot during the 93rd Southern California PGA Professional Championship, Sept. 11-13, at  Bermuda Dunes Country Club. Photo courtesy of Southern California Professional Golf Association
Aliso Viejo’s Michael Block watches this tee shot during the 93rd Southern California PGA Professional Championship, Sept. 11-13, at  Bermuda Dunes Country Club. Photo courtesy of Southern California Professional Golf Association

Aliso Viejo’s Michael Block erased a three-stroke deficit to win the 93rd Southern California PGA Professional Championship, Sept. 11-13, at  Bermuda Dunes Country Club in Bermuda Dunes.

Block, a professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, trailed leader Paul Devine of Pauma Valley Country Club and Brian Smock of Coronado Golf Course by three strokes after the first two rounds, but scorched the field with a final-round score of 67 to capture the title by two strokes over Alan Scheer of Steele Canyon Golf Club.

In the final round, Block had a tough break early on the second hole when a putt ricocheted off the hole liner, costing an early stroke. Block then carded four birdies to finish out the front nine. Making the turn, Devine had a two-shot lead over Block, but Block added two more birdies to gain a 1-stroke lead heading to the 18th tee box.

Block birdied the final hole with a gallery of spectators looking on and etched his name into the record books as the 2017 Champion.

“I played well and I knew that today I needed to go out and have a great round,” said Block. “I had to reach deep to catch Brian (Smock) and Paul (Devine), especially because they are such great players and they had a three shot lead on me. I also knew I needed birdies in order to make it happen.”

By virtue of his victory, Block qualified for the PGA Professional Championship, scheduled for June 17-20, 2018, at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Ca.



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