The MAPGA is featuring its five Professionals competing in the 2017 Kitchen-Aid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National D.C. May 25-28. In this piece, meet Tim Lewis, PGA Professional from The Pines Golf Course at Fort Eustis.
MAPGA: What does it mean to you to play in the Senior PGA Champ in your home Section?
TL: We will probably be at an advantage in getting a few more practice rounds in. It also means that travel expenses are that much less as it’s only a three-hour drive.
MAPGA: When qualifying last year, was there any added pressure knowing that the event is in the Middle Atlantic Section?
TL: No, I was just trying to climb higher up the leaderboard.
MAPGA: Tell us about your previous Senior PGA Championship experiences. If this is your first, what are you expecting it to be like?
TL: This is my first tour event, let alone being a Sr. Major. I’m expecting a big circus, lots of people with a lot of activity all on TV.
MAPGA: Describe your biggest golf accomplishment to date.
TL: My biggest accomplishment is probably winning the Virginia Senior Open in 2012. Only player to shoot under par for both rounds. I have nine career aces too.
MAPGA: Where did you grow up and how did you get your start in golf?
TL: Grew up in Northwest Indiana about 40 miles from Chicago (Go Cubs). My Dad put a club in my hand at about the age of 11-12 and I’d play with him and his work buddies early on Saturday mornings. At that age, I could never figure out why they always wanted to play so early.
MAPGA: What do you think will be some of the challenges at Trump National DC? What do you think the winning score will be?
TL: From what I hear it sounds like the green complexes are pretty severe. Need to be able to get at the hole from the proper angle. Which means our ball striking better be solid. I think last year the winning score was around 18-19 under par. I am pretty sure it won’t be that low. Without the weather being a factor, I think the score will be around 12-14 under par.
MAPGA: What are the key areas of your game for you to be successful in this tournament?
TL: Well the easy answer for all of us is putting, but it’s not that simple. In my case I think I’ve got to be able to handle all the attention that isn’t golf, the circus I call it as I mentioned above.
MAPGA: Why did you decide to become a PGA Member? What does the MAPGA mean to you?
TL: If your going to be in the golf business then you’ve got to be a PGA member. It never crossed my mind not becoming a PGA Member. The MAPGA is education, employment, tournament golf, and all things PGA of America.