Jamie Elliott, teaching pro at the Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas, emerged as the champion of the Northern Texas PGA Professional Championship when Stuart Deane of Sinclair's Golf Training Center in Euless was unable to stay around for a delayed playoff.
Playing in the group ahead of Elliott, Deane birdied the final two holes to close with a four-under-par 68 at TPC Craig Ranch in mcKinney to finish at 138 for the clubhouse lead, but then Elliott birdied the par 5 closing hole for a closing 69 to match him.
Before a playoff could be held to decide the winner, inclement weather forced a suspension of play. That's when Deane informed officials that he had a plane to catch as he had an appointment to work with PGA Tour professional the next morning at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. So he forfeited his chance and settled for $1,800 as the runnerup. Elliott took home $3,000 for his fourth NTPGA major title.
Joining Elliott and Deane as qualifiers for the PGA Professional National Championship, scheduled June 26-29, 2011 at the Hershey (PA) Country Club, will be John Sikes of Hollytree Country Club in Tyler, Clint Avara of Creekview Golf Club in Crandall, Cameron Doan of Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas, Kevin Golding of the Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Joshua Havard of Country View Golf Course in Lancaster and Perry Arthur of Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson.
The NTPGA Professional Championship was presented by Titliest, FootJoy, Club Car and Mercedes-Benz and supported by the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the PGA Tour.