Russell Grove of North Idaho College on Thursday won the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship by five strokes over 2007 champion Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley Country Club.
Jerrel Grow of Pronghorn Golf Course (Bend, Ore.) finished third.
Grove shot a final-round 67 to finish at 15 under in the 54-hole event at the Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho. Thornton shot rounds of 67, 68 and 71 to finish at 10-under par.
The top seven professionals earned a spot and advanced directly to the PGA Professional Championship, presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz USA and Omega, at Bayonet Black Horse, Seaside, Calif., on June 17-20.
In addition to Grove, Thornton, and Grow, Trevor Fox of The GC at Black Rock (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho); Bob Rannow of Sandpines (Florence, Ore.); John Cassidy of The Home Course (Dupont); and Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC (Seattle) earned spots.
Additionally, the low 20 scores at the 2018 PGA Professional Championship will earn a place in the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive CC, St. Louis on Aug. 16-19.