Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It Was a Special Run for Tower Tee's Gaus; Notebook; Club Pro Shoots Final-Round 73 at Bellerive, Finishes Ahead of 18 Golfers in the Major Tournament; SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It Was a Special Run for Tower Tee's Gaus; Notebook; Club Pro Shoots Final-Round 73 at Bellerive, Finishes Ahead of 18 Golfers in the Major Tournament; SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

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It was one of those moments, a moment he dreamed about when he took up the game of golf. And for Bob Gaus, it finally came to fruition.

The teaching pro at Tower Tee Golf Center has been at this awhile. He's played in numerous Web.com Tour events, U.S. Opens and PGAs. He's played in U.S. Amateurs and a variety of significant club- pro championships. But he never had finished one like he did Sunday at Bellerive Country Club.

He is 52, and who knows where his playing career goes from here? But as Gaus completed his 72nd hole of his Senior PGA Championship, he had a moment. He walked onto the 18th green, made par and was rewarded with a loud, warm ovation from a St. Louis gallery.

Gaus carded a closing 2-over-par 73, moving to 6 over for the championship. If it wasn't magical, it certainly was something of which to be proud. He finished ahead of 18 players, many of whom do this every week. He enjoyed the moment in the sun, and especially enjoyed sharing it.

"I had a blast this week, but it was really nice to see what fun all my friends and family had," Gaus said. "It could not have been any better."

There were some lessons to be learned, as well.

"Patience, really taking your time out there and staying in the moment, not letting everything distract you," Gaus said. "A lot of distractions when you're out here. This has been a lot of distractions this week for me, just having to deal out about a hundred tickets for friends.

"I'm picking people up before I come up and play golf. I mean, getting up at 4:30 the last three mornings has been brutal. So you talk about a test in patience that would be the main thing I would take away from this that I can pass on to my students."

BLUE JAY WAY

Jay Delsing had a heck of a round going, 3 under after 12 holes. But he suffered a triple bogey at No. 13 and a double at 15. After getting one back with his fourth birdie at 17, he closed out a 73 with a bogey at 18.

"I went to No. 13 and made triple bogey, and I actually shanked two balls," Delsing said. "I don't think I've ever shanked a ball in competition in how long have I been doing this? Twenty-nine years? So pretty crazy. I didn't really know what to expect. …

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