"It feels great to win, especially having my dad on the bag," said Dempsey, moments after he sank the final putt. "This is a belated Father's Day gift of sorts to my dad for walking thirty-six holes with me today.
"Without the support of my wife (McCall) and my family I wouldn't be here today. I was really frustrated with my game two weeks ago after a poor round, and she talked me through it, and look what happened."
Dempsey, who earned first team All-SEC honors in 2005 for the Rebels, carded rounds of 67-65-67-65 for a four-day total of 24-under par 264 and a one stroke victory over Australians Andrew Tschudin and Bronson La'Cassie. Tschudin and La'Cassie finished the week at 23-under par 265.
Dempsey collected a career best $33,566 for his first career win, while Tschudin and La'Cassie took home $13,762 for their runner-up finishes.
The Hooters Tour takes six weeks off before swinging back into action Aug. 6-12 in Choctaw, Miss., for The Pearl River Resort Classic at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.
SUNRIVER, Ore. – Former Ole Miss men's golfer Chip Sullivan of Troutville, Va., won the PGA Professional National Championship by four strokes on Sunday.
Sullivan had five birdies and four bogeys for a final round 2-under 70 on the Crosswater Gold Club course, giving him a 6-under 281 total at Sunriver Resort.
The low 20 scores earned a berth at the 89th PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 6-12.
Sullivan, who finished tied for 16th at last year's PGA Professional, played in the 2006 PGA Championship, but missed the cut.
Since turning professional in 1987, Sullivan has won more than 80 PGA-sanctioned events.
As a standout for the Rebels, Sullivan's accomplishments included winning the 1986 SEC individual title, beating among others in the field, 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms. Sullivan earned All-SEC first team honors in 1986, and was a member of the 1984 SEC Champion Team.
Two former Rebel golfers get big wins
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