Scott Hebert, whose hometown of Traverse City, Mich. is where the legendary Walter Hagen spent his final years, capped a 41st PGA Professional National Championship with a back-nine charge that the great “Haig” would have applauded. The 39- year-old Hebert, PGA head professional at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, Mich., rallied from a three-stroke deficit with birdies on five of his first seven holes of the back nine. It was the momentum he needed for a closing 4- under-par 68 and a one-stroke victory over Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga.

Hebert had endured a personal drama a week earlier with the premature birth of his daughter, but was noticeably calm and composed as he crafted a memorable final round for a winning total of 12-under-par 276 on the 7,043-yard, Jack Nicklaus-signature Great Waters layout.

Skinner, 47, the PGA director of golf post at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., finished with a 69 after his potential tying birdie putt ran past the 18th hole.

Hebert pitched from 30 yards behind the green to eight feet past the flagstick, then lagged to tap-in range for the victory, the Walter Hagen Cup and became the fourth Michigan PGA Section member to win the National Championship.

Kyle Flinton of Oklahoma City, Okla., who shared the third-round lead, came home with a 72 to finish third at 280. Ryan Benzel of Bothell,Wash., who tied for runner-up last year, had a 67 to share fourth with two-time Champion Tim Thelen of College Station, Texas, who closed with a 69.

Hebert added his name to previous Michigan PGA members who captured the National Championship – Buddy Whitten of  Grand Rapids (1979), John Traub of Rochester Hills (1980) and Jeffrey Roth of Flint (1993).