Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Life's a Beach for Texan.(Final)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

NATIONAL SHOWCASE: TRUE GRIT

Sand Shot Saves Thelen on No. 18

SANTA ANA PUEBLO -- Avoiding a collapse on the final hole similar to one his nearest rival suffered nearly five hours earlier on the front side, Tim Thelen lofted a brilliant sand shot to capture the 36th annual PGA Club Professional Championship on Sunday at Twin Warriors Golf Club.

"It's awesome," said Thelen, who also won the 2000 CPC. "When I got up here and got the trophy, I got goose bumps."

Thelen, from Richmond, Texas, also got $53,000 for his 6-under-282 finish.

Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, was one stroke behind in the $400,000, 72-hole event. …

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