Albany's Skinner wins another PGA club pro tourney, wishes best to fellow local pro, friend Broadaway after Q-School letdown

Photo by Paul Dehner

Photo by Paul Dehner

Jekyll IslanD -- Sonny Skinner is running pretty darn good right now.

Skinner, fresh off his second career win last week on the PGA Cub Pro Tournament Series, captured yet another title Tuesday in a pairs tournament at the Traynor Golf Collection Pro-Pro Championship. Skinner, a pro at Albany's River Pointe Golf Club, teamed with John Goodwin, Master PGA professional at Godwin Creek Golf Course/US Kids Golf in Columbus, as the duo holed a staggering 17 birdies to finish first overall with a two-day total of 17-under.

"I'm just hitting the ball pretty consistently right now," Skinner told The Herald on Tuesday. "Plus, I'm putting a lot better than I normally do. That's really all there is to it."

Of course, Skinner knows golf is a game of streaks. And he said Tuesday he was "heartbroken" to find out his good friend and fellow Albany pro, Josh Broadaway, came up short in his bid for a PGA Tour card Monday when Broadaway fell out of the Top 25 on the final day of Q-School after previously ending every round before that no worse than tied for 12th.

Skinner said he was in contact with Broadaway throughout the tournament -- "I would send him texts, telling him, 'Keep up the good work, bud,' " Skinner said -- but they haven't spoken since Broadaway's nightmare final round in which he fell out on contention.

"I haven't had a chance to look at the scorecard or (analyze) his round or how he shot 6-over (in the sixth round), but I know I am heartbroken for him because I understand as good as anyone how much work goes into accomplishing a goal like that," Skinner said. "I really thought this was his time and I know he's certainly very deserving of (a PGA Tour card) because he's put in the work. The talent level is so deep at an event like that, that your game can't be off even a little.

"But he'll rebound. He'll be back. I have no doubt."

With another win under his belt, Skinner now turns his attention to completing a golf tournament today he was leading two months ago, the Georgia PGA Section Championship in Sea Island, when torrential rain forced organizers to suspend play and reschedule for a date they knew players would be available to come back and finish.

When play was called, Skinner was the overall leader at 6-under.