Frank Esposito Jr.
2014 Senior PGA Professional
Senior PGA Professional National Championship
Frank Esposito Jr., PGA Head Professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, made a downhill 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to seal a four-stroke victory and capture his first national championship. He also earned the Leo Fraser Trophy and a check of $20,000 in the $285,000 Championship.
James Mason of Dillard, Georgia, who came within two strokes of the lead before a closing bogey, finished with a 70 to share runner-up at 276 with Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah (69) and Rick Schuller of Chester, Va. (70). Jerry Haas of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the men's head golf coach at Wake Forest University, was fifth at 277 after a 70.
The Senior PGA Professional National Championship is one of the Association's more popular national member events. Since its debut in 1989, the participants have included several players who have gone on to outstanding Tour careers, including Jim Albus (runner-up in 1990) and Tom Wargo (runner-up in 1992). The 264-player field features PGA Professionals at least 50 years of age, as of the Championship, who have qualified through one of the 41 PGA Sections.
"Winning this is great, it really is," said Esposito, whose last victory at PGA Golf Club came in the 2010 PGA Stroke Play Championship. "I didn't know what to expect, and it means a lot to me, especially out here.
The low 35 finishers earned a berth in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 21-24, 2015, at French Lick (Indiana) Resort.
For Championship records, see the online PGA Media Guide.