Gibb punches ticket to Senior PGA Championship

AUSTIN, Tex. — The coming year is shaping up to be a big one for Judd Gibb on the golf course.

Gibb, the Lakeside Golf Course pro and a Fort Dodge resident, earned a spot in the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship after placing 22nd here this weekend following four rounds of action.

A final round 4-under 68 helped Gibb card a 5-under total at both Barton Creek Fazio Foothills and Barton Creek Coore Crenshaw courses.

Scott Hebert was the overall winner at 16-under. The Top-35 scorers earned berths into the Senior PGA event.

Gibb carded birdies on four of the nine holes on the front and had pars on the other 15 holes, shooting a 32-36.

He had six one-putt holes and hit 10 fairways during the round.

“The final round was solid,” Gibb said. “I was 3-under through five and really didn’t have any stress.”

He opened the tournament with a 4-under in the first round, recording five birdies, but a 5-over in the second left in looking up at the leaderboard in 63rd position. Gibb recovered, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round with five birdies.

“It was an up-and-down week,” Gibb said. “After my second round 75, I wasn’t feeling so well but the Bermuda grass greens are always an extra challenge for me.

“Twenty years ago when I spent winters in Florida, it was not an issue, but my winters have been spent watching basketball for quite some time now.”

Along with earning an exemption into the Senior PGA Championship, Gibb has also secured spots in the PGA Professional Championship and John Deere Classic next year. The PGA Professional Championship will be held back here April 26-29 and the John Deere Classic is July 6-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

“It’s been a good year, probably as good as I’ve played since the early 2000s,” he said. “But to do it at 50 is more enjoyable than at 30. I certainly have a lot of things to look forward to next year.”