Richland’s Jason Aichele fired a 2-over-par 74 in the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Wednesday.
That gave the assistant pro from Meadow Springs Country Club a four-round total of 297, or 9-over-par.
That placed him 40th overall.
The top 20 placers earned berths to the PGA Championship at Valhalla in August in Louisville, Ky.
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Aichele had three bogeys and a birdie in the final round.
“I hit it pretty solid today,” he said. “Two bogeys I had, one was flyer out of sticky grass. I didn’t make lot of putts. It looked like they were going in but they didn’t.”
Aichele said the course was set up like a major.
“It definitely was the toughest event I ever played,” he said. “I’m happy and sad too. I wanted to get there.”
Aichele still has some big Northwest tournament left this year — the Rosauer’s in Spokane, the Northwest Open at Wine Valley, and the PGA Section Championship.
“I’ll go home and take a little time off,” he said.
Well maybe after this weekend.
“I fly out (today) and have eight lessons scheduled on Friday,” he said.