SUNRIVER, Ore. Members of the Boise State University men’s golf team had all season to make a name for themselves on the golf course, but this past weekend it was head coach Kevin Burton’s turn to show what he could do with a club in his hand.
Burton played in the 40th PGA Professional National Championship at the Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater and Meadows Courses, June 21-24. The field consisted of 312 of the nation’s top club professionals that qualified into the tournament.
Finishing tied for 13th with a 289 (+2), Burton earned an exemption into the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills at Tulsa, Okla., August 9-12. The PGA Championship will mark the fifth time in his career that Burton played in a major championship.
“The Professional Championship was played on probably one of the best golf courses and under the toughest conditions I’ve ever seen,” Burton said. “It was almost like a major. It got a little ugly sometimes, but I was able to grind it out and get it done.”
Burton got off to a roaring start in round one, posting the lowest score of the day at the longer Crosswater Course with a 4-under 68. He would finish the day tied for second place and only one stroke back of the leader. With a 75 on the Meadows Course on Friday, Burton was one of 80 players to make the 36-hole cut.
The final two rounds of the tournament were each played on the Crosswater Course. With a 72 on Saturday and a 74 on Sunday, Burton finished tied for 13th, earning his place at the 89th PGA Championship.
“It’s going to be exciting to go and test my game,” Burton said. “As well as I’m playing right now, it’s going to be interesting to see how well I can do. My team has been following me closely, and hopefully they can learn a lot from my experience.