Brian Kern wins U.S. Senior Challenge by Two Shots
Senior Division winner Brian Kern <br>(Sun Country Golf Photo)
Senior Division winner Brian Kern
(Sun Country Golf Photo)

SANDIA PARK, NM (June 7, 2018) - Brian Kern combined rounds of 75-74-77 to finish 10-over and as the two shot winner of the U.S. Senior Challenge hosted by Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course.

In the final round Kern birdied only three-times, on Nos. 2, 10 and 15, but those three birdies proved to be provide just enough separation.

Kevin Sivage and Frank Ramey shared second at 12-over, John Hornbeck was third at 13-over while Jonathan Valuck took fifth at 14-over.

In the Super Senior Senior race Jeff Burda ran away with things carding a 3-over showing for the week to win by nine shots. Burda opened with tallies of 75-74 before saving his best for last in the form of a 2-under 70 that included a hole-in-one on the 182 yard par-3 4th and three birdies that offset a triple-bogey and a bogey.

Bev Hargraves was a distant second at 12-over and in third it was Charlie Horn at 14-over.

The team title was won by the 8-under New Mexico Red squad comprised of Pat Fogerty, Jack Slayton, Anton Salome and Kevin Sivage.

Results: U.S. Senior Challenge
1TXBrian KernEl Paso, TX50075-74-77=226
T2NMKevin SivageAlbuquerque, NM30080-77-71=228
T2ARFrank RameyLittle Rock, AR30076-72-80=228
4WYJohn HornbeckSaratoga, WY20076-72-81=229
5OKJon ValuckOklahoma City, OK20078-78-74=230

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ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Challenge

The U.S. Senior Challenge is the nation's only senior amateur event conducted in a state-team format.

Originally encompassing 15 states in 1985, the U.S. Senior Challenge now consists of teams and players from 37 states. Each member state is led by a State Captain selected and approved by the Board of Directors.

The championship is played each year at Gross Stroke play and includes participants 55 years of age and over with a maximum handicap of 4.

Teams consist of 4 men including the State Captain who selects the players. The field is limited to the first 30 teams entered.

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