KIAWAH ISLAND -- Gus Ulrich parred the first playoff hole to beat Rick Morton and win the 2011 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship on Thursday at the Ocean Course. Ulrich, the director of instruction at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., shot a final-round 72 and finished the tournament at 4-under-par 212. He won $9,000.
Morton, from Jacksonville, N.C., posted a final-round 73 and won $5,775.
"It just kind of happened there towards the end." Ulrich said, "In the back of my mind, I knew that if I just hung in there, anything can happen on this golf course, especially on the back side."
In addition to Ulrich and Morton, 11 other players qualified to participate in next year's PGA Professional Championship -- Brooks Blackburn, Aiken; Kelly Mitchum, Southern Pines, N.C.; Tim Straub, Huntersville, N.C.; Burke Cromer, Irmo; Rick Lewallen, Kannapolis, N.C.; Steve Isley, Oak Island, N.C.; Charles Frost, Pineville, N.C.; Lance Reid, Denver, N.C.; Billy Anderson, Wilmington, N.C.; Don Sweeting, Pinehurst, N.C.; and Bryan Sullivan, Kitty Hawk, N.C. The top 20 from the PGA Professional Championship qualify to participate in the 2012 PGA Championship, which will be played at the Ocean Course.