Timber Banks Pro Kevin Savage ready for PGA Professional Championship

By Niko Tamurian | CNYCentral.com

312 of the best golf club professionals will tee it up at Turning Stone Resort for the PGA Professional Championship starting on Sunday. Of those 312, 20 will qualify for the actual PGA Championship at Baltusrol Club in Springfield, New Jersey in August.

Four of those 312 are Central New York professionals.

There's Dennis Colligan from Cazenovia Golf Club, Mark Tucker from Cazenovia Country Club, Dan Ward from Ithaca and Kevin Savage from Timber Banks.

Savage is no stranger to the big stage, especially at Turning Stone, he played at the former Turning Stone Resort Championship and once worked at the pristine course.

Kevin knows it will be tough to win, or even to finish in the top 20 spots, but it's something he's had plenty of time to focus on

"Our qualifier was last summer, so it's something you're striving for" Savage told me.

"You try to win, finishing top-20 is definitely a secondary goal but I mean just to get to the first cut it goes from 312 to 90 so you can't make a mistake" Savage adds.

The first two rounds of the tournament are played at Turning Stone's Kaluyat Course, the final rounds will be played at Atunyote which has hosted the PGA Tournament and the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge.

Savage told me one of his biggest motivating factors are the people he works with at Timber Banks, not just co-workers but the membership that he helps to improve on a daily basis.

The event runs June 26-29.


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