Ruby Hill assistant pro wins NorCal PGA Professional Championship

Callippe Preserve instructor finishes 4th in tournament

David Solomon, assistant golf pro at Pleasanton's Ruby Hill Golf Club, took home the Northern California PGA Professional Championship earlier this month, shooting a tournament-best 4-under-par to earn a spot in next year's PGA Professional Championship in New York.

Solomon, who lives in Alamo, was the only player to finish under par in the event contested July 20-21 at Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista (Placer County).

Brian Glosser, director of instruction at Callippe Preserve Golf Course, posted a fourth-place finish in the tournament, shooting 5-over-par.

Solomon opened with a 3-under-par 69 in the first round and beat that score by one stroke in the second round, shooting a 68. He closed with 75 in the final round to finish 4-under-par overall and four strokes ahead of the field.

Mitch Lowe, a Los Gatos resident who works at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy, came in second place at even-par for the tournament on the strength of a final-round 65. CordeValle's Ray Otis finished third at 3-over-par, and Dave Carr from Teal Bend Golf Club was fifth at 6-over-par.

As the top-five finishers in the NorCal section tournament, all five men qualified for the 49th PGA Professional Championship set for June 26-29, 2016, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.

The event next June will bring together a field of 312 golfers representing the PGA of America's 41 nationwide sections, organizers said.

The four-round PGA Professional Championship will be broadcast on Golf Channel. The top 20 golfers in that tournament will earn spots in the PGA Championship, golf's final major of 2016, set at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional Championships and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.

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