The MAPGA is featuring its five PGA Professionals competing in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. This article features Ricky Touma, of Burning Tree Club.
MAPGA: What does it mean to you to play in the Sr. PGA Champ in your home Section?
RT: To play in a Major Championship is a dream come true. To have the event in your own section is beyond any dream. It’s going to be amazing to play in front of family and members of Burning Tree Club.
MAPGA: When qualifying last year, was there any added pressure knowing that the event was
in the Middle Atlantic Section?
RT: There was a lot of added pressure for me. I have been lucky enough to play in 2 US Senior Opens and because my mother was sick, my father couldn’t travel to watch. So, I felt this was a chance for them to be able to come out.
MAPGA: Tell us about your previous Sr. PGA Championship experiences. If this is your first, what are you expecting it to be like?
RT: This will be my First Senior PGA Championship. It’s such an honor to qualify for a PGA of America event. This is our event!! It’s going to be a very demanding setup, but should be fun playing near home.
MAPGA: Describe your biggest golf accomplishment to date.
RT: The first thing that comes to mind is playing in three Senior Major Championships in my first three years of eligibility
MAPGA: Where did you grow up and how did you get your start in golf?
RT: I grew up in Maryland, my father started me in golf. I think about it all the time. If he didn’t take the time all those early years there is no way I could have gotten to this point. My Mother just passed away, and I can’t think of a better way to lift our spirits with being together at a Major Championship.
MAPGA: What do you think will be some of the challenges at Trump National DC? What do you think the winning score will be?
RT: Well at any Major Championship the set up is much more difficult than a PGA Professional is used to. I really have not played the course yet, but I know it’s long and usually soft. The winning score total guess, 13-under.
MAPGA: What are the key areas of your game for you to be successful in this tournament?
RT: My mental game is probably my biggest asset. I love that type of atmosphere. It can be overwhelming if you don’t know how to handle it. Things that could help me are it’s a premium to keep the ball in the fairway and I love to putt fast greens.
MAPGA: Why did you decide to become a PGA Member? What does the MAPGA mean to you?
RT: I decided to become a PGA member because I loved being around golf, and I love that I can make golf a great experience for someone every day. The MAPGA is such a great Section. It’s always been run professionally. It’s been a privilege to be part of.