Riverside, Iowa – Iowa PGA Member Chad Proehl has won the 2018 Iowa PGA Senior Player of the Year. Proehl accumulated 1,397.50 points to win his first Iowa PGA Senior Player of the Year award of his career.
“I’m very honored and humbled to win the Senior Player of the Year,” said Proehl. “It means the world to me that my name goes on this award. The Iowa PGA Section is as good as any section in the country. I’m very proud to be a part of this group of professionals.”
Proehl’ season was highlighted by three appearances in PGA TOUR Champions events. He earned a sponsor’s exemption for the 2019 Principal Charity Classic where he finished T54. He also qualified for the 3M Championship, where he finished T71, and the Sanford International where he finished T70. Proehl also earned an exemption into the 2018 John Deere Classic as a result of his 2017 Iowa PGA Professional Championship victory.
The 2016 Iowa PGA Player of the also qualified for the 52nd PGA Professional National Championship, which takes place April 28 – May 1, with a third-place finish at the 2018 Iowa PGA Professional Championship. He also qualified for the 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship where he finished T29 to advance to the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, taking place May 21-26, 2019.
Proehl played in 11 Iowa PGA events finishing at the top of the Senior Division in six events. He also finished atop the Open Division at three events. Proehl finished in the top-five at 10 events this season and his T29 performance at the 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship was just enough to edge fellow Iowa PGA Member, John Bermel, to win the 2018 Iowa PGA Senior Player of the Year.
“The Senior Division has always been strong,” said Proehl. “It has been such a special and exciting year for me personally. I can’t wait for next year and whatever holds. I would like to thank all of the sponsors throughout the year as well as the City of Waukee, Jody Henkenius, Matt Jermier and the whole staff at Sugar Creek Golf Course. I would also like to thank my wife Shari for her unconditional support.”