Two desert golf professionals take the first step towards the 2023 PGA Championship

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Two desert golf professionals took the first step towards potentially playing in the 2023 PGA Tour Championship on Wednesday, advancing to the Southern California PGA section championship at Laguna Niguel.

Nate Williams of Plantation Golf Club in La Quinta and Michael Mendoza of Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage are among 12 golfers to win a spot at the PGA Professional Championship in Santa Fe, NM, next year. The top 20 golfers from this tournament will earn seats at the 2023 PGA Championship in Rochester, NY

Williams finished tied for fifth in the three-day 54-hole tournament at El Niguel Country Club with a 7-over 223 total. That included a 4-over 76 in Wednesday’s final round. Williams’ tournament included a hole in one on the 14th hole in the opening round. Williams won $3,950.

Mendoza finished another chance at 224 to tie for seventh. That included a 75 on Wednesday. Mendoza takes home $2,683.

Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Country Club in Mission Viejo won the 2022 SCPGA section championship on Wednesday.

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Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, the current SCPGA Player of the Year with PGA Championship and US Open appearances to his credit, won the section title with a total of 214, five strokes more than Steven Holmes of Westlake Golf Course in Westlake Village. In addition to one of 12 PGA Professional Championship seats and $14,000 of the $100,000 scholarship, Block receives a seat at American Express 2023, the PGA Tour event held in January in La Quinta.

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