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Carich Says Win 'Worth the Wait'

August 17th, 2010

"I have been playing for almost 20 years - since 1992 - and I've had a couple runner-ups, but this was worth the wait," said David Carich of The Bridgewater Club on his first victory at the Indiana PGA Titleist FootJoy Club Car Professional Championship presented by Mercedes Benz and The PGA Tour. "It is an honor to win with all the great players that are in this Section," continued Carich. "It's pretty special."

Carich began the day with a three shot lead over John Andrews of IUPUI and Todd Sandow of Sycamore GC, but thought he had lost it after the 11th green. "I missed two 3-foot putts in a row at 10 and 11 and thought it was over," he said. "My putter let me down today, but I managed to make a few towards the end." At the 16th, Carich made bogey to go one down to Andrews. But at the par-3, 17th Carich's putter started working and he recovered with a birdie. Andrews hit his tee shot into the sand and could not convert the up and down. A bogey put him one down with the par-5 18th left. Both players finished with pars and the Professional Championship trophy went to Carich for the first time in his career.

Andrews finished as runner-up, and the other four players to qualify for the National Championship next year included Quinn Griffing of Donald Ross GC, Mike O'Toole of Riverside GC, Brett Melton of CC of Old Vincennes, and Ryan Ford of Pleasant Run GC who earned his spot in a playoff. The four competitors tied at 1-over played off for the final spot, but Ford won with a par at the second hole. After driving into the heather, he was able to place his approach on the green about 20 feet away and 2-putt.

See complete results here.