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          *** PGA - PGA Professional National Championship Preview ***
                             From The Sports Network
 
 Dates: Sunday, June 22nd through Wednesday, June 25th
 Sites: The Dunes Golf & Beach Club/Grande Dunes Resort Club, Myrtle Beach, SC
 Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Sr (1948) - The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
                    Roger Rulewich (2001) - Grande Dunes Resort
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,286 (The Dunes)
 Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 426 Yds   10 - Par 4 376 Yds
               2 - Par 4 440 Yds   11 - Par 4 435 Yds
               3 - Par 4 455 Yds   12 - Par 3 190 Yds
               4 - Par 5 529 Yds   13 - Par 5 640 Yds
               5 - Par 3 212 Yds   14 - Par 3 176 Yds
               6 - Par 4 437 Yds   15 - Par 4 450 Yds
               7 - Par 4 430 Yds   16 - Par 5 539 Yds
               8 - Par 5 538 Yds   17 - Par 4 370 Yds
               9 - Par 3 195 Yds   18 - Par 4 448 Yds
                   -------------        -------------
                    36 3,662 Yds         36 3,624 Yds
 
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,191 (Grande Dunes)
 Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 452 Yds   10 - Par 4 428 Yds
               2 - Par 3 190 Yds   11 - Par 3 175 Yds
               3 - Par 4 446 Yds   12 - Par 4 415 Yds
               4 - Par 5 546 Yds   13 - Par 5 536 Yds
               5 - Par 4 427 Yds   14 - Par 3 185 Yds
               6 - Par 4 364 Yds   15 - Par 4 449 Yds
               7 - Par 5 542 Yds   16 - Par 4 420 Yds
               8 - Par 3 184 Yds   17 - Par 5 539 Yds
               9 - Par 4 450 Yds   18 - Par 4 443 Yds
                   -------------        -------------
                    36 3,601 Yds         36 3,590 Yds
 
 Annual: 47th
 Television: Golf Channel - Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (ET),
                          - Monday -- 3:30-6 p.m. (ET),
                          - Tuesday -- 3:30-6:30 p.m. (ET),
                          - Wednesday -- 2-5 p.m. (ET)
 Defending Champion: Rod Perry
 Runner Up: Ryan Polzin
 Tournament Record: 271 (Darrell Kestner, 1996)
 54-Hole Record: 202 (Scott Erdmann, 2011)
 36-Hole Record: 131 (Sean Dougherty, 2011)
 18-Hole Record: 63 (Eddie Famula, 1971; Danny Balin, 2011; Rod Perry, 2013)
 9-Hole Record: 29 (Eddie Famula, 1971)
 Total Purse: $550,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $75,000; 2nd Place - $48,000; 3rd Place - $34,000
 
                             2013 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score             Player                 Score
 ------                -----             ------                 -----
 Rod Perry              277              Chip Sullivan           283
 Ryan Polzin            280              Mark Sheftic            283
 Jeff Sorenson          282              Bob Sowards             285
 JC Anderson            283              Five players at         286
 Mike Small             283
 
               Past PGA Professional National Championship Winners
               ---------------------------------------------------
 
 Year  Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
 ----  ----------------------------
 2013  Rod Perry (277) -- Ryan Polzin
 2012  Matt Dobyns (275) -- Rod Perry, Kelly Mitchum
 2011  *David Hutsell (274) -- Scott Erdmann, Faber Jamerson
 2010  Mike Small (278) -- Sonny Skinner
 2009  Mike Small (277) -- Steve Schneiter
 2008  Scott Hebert (289) -- Sonny Skinner
 2007  Chip Sullivan (281) -- Mike Small, Ryan Benzel
 2006  *Ron Philo Jr (278) -- Alan Schulte
 2005  Mike Small (289) -- Travis Long
 2004  Bob Sowards (276) -- Mike Small
 2003  Tim Thelen (282) -- Steve Schneiter
 2002  Barry Evans (281) -- Mike Gilmore
 2001  Wayne DeFrancesco (278) -- Tim Thelen, Don Berry, Mark Brown, John Aber
 2000  *#Tim Thelen (214) -- Mark Brown
 1999  Jeff Freeman (287) -- Milan Swilor, Christopher Toulson, Brett Upper
 1998  Mike Burke Jr (281) -- Bob Gaus
 1997  Bruce Zabriski (281) -- Steve Schneiter, Jay Overton, Mike Burke Jr
 1996  Darrell Kestner (271) -- Dan Bateman
 1995  Steve Schneiter (278) -- John DeForest, Bob Ford
 1994  *Sammy Rachels (284) -- Darrell Kestner, Ron McDougal
 1993  Jeffrey Roth (275) -- John Lee
 1992  Ron McDougal (273) -- Sammy Rachels
 1991  Larry Gilbert (267) -- Gene Fieger, Ron McDougal
 1990  Brett Upper (275) -- Gibby Gilbert, Larry Gilbert
 1989  Bruce Fleisher (277) -- Jeff Thomsen
 1988  *Robert Boyd (287) -- Rick Morton
 1987  Jay Lumpkin (279) -- Jeff Roth, Bob Menne, Gibby Gilbert
 1986  Bob Lendzion (284) -- Bob Betley
 1985  Ed Dougherty (277) -- Jim White
 1984  *Bill Schumaker (284) -- Gary Ostrega
 1983  Larry Webb (283) -- Bob Ford
 1982  Larry Gilbert (284) -- Steve Benson
 1981  *Larry Gilbert (285) -- Don Padgett II
 1980  John Traub (283) -- Jim Albus
 1979  *Buddy Whitten (278) -- Jack Lewis
 1978  *John Gentile (276) -- Jim Ferree
 1977  Laurie Hammer (282) -- Steve Benson
 1976  Bob Galloway (280) -- George Lanning, Larry Gilbert, Jim Ferriell
 1975  *Roger Watson (279) -- David Jimenez
 1974  *Roger Watson (284) -- Sam Snead
 1973  Rives McBee (282) -- Stan Brian
 1972  Don Massengale (280) -- Bob Bruno
 1971  Sam Snead (275) -- Jerry Steelsmith, Ron Letellier
 1970  Rex Baxter (285) -- Ernie George, Bob Duden
 1969  Bob Rosburg (275) -- Jimmy Wright
 1968  Howell Fraser (272) -- Chuck Malchaski, Bob Rosburg
 
 * - Won in Playoff
 # - Weather shortened
 
                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------
 
                    2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013
                    ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
 Rod Perry          ---   ---   T-44  T-34  mc    T-2   Won
 Ryan Polzin        ---   ---   mc    mc    ---   ---   2nd
 Mike Small         T-2   T-41  Won   Won   T-8   4th   T-4
 JC Anderson        ---   T-69  mc    dq    mc    T-36  T-4
 Chip Sullivan      Won   mc    mc    T-6   mc    T-60  T-4
 Mark Sheftic       ---   ---   T-2   3rd   mc    ---   T-4
 Sonny Skinner      mc    2nd   T-29  2nd   T-52  ---   T-9
 Mark Brown         mc    ---   T-29  T-66  ---   T-15  T-9
 Kirk Hanefeld      ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   T-9
 Danny Balin        ---   ---   ---   4th   4th   T-15  T-18
 Robert Gaus        T-16  T-24  T-8   T-23  T-24  ---   T-18
 Kelly Mitchum      T-9   mc    ---   mc    ---   T-2   T-24
 Jeff Coston        T-37  ---   ---   T-42  T-16  6th   T-24
 Scott Hebert       T-13  Won   T-16  T-11  T-32  T-20  T-34
 Faber Jamerson     ---   ---   ---   ---   T-2   mc    T-46
 Marty Jertson      ---   ---   ---   ---   T-5   T-7   T-49
 Scott Erdmann      ---   ---   ---   ---   T-2   mc    T-49
 Jim McGovern       ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   T-65
 Matt Dobyns        ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   Won   mc
 Paul Scaletta      ---   ---   ---   ---   T-56  5th   mc
 Frank Bensel       mc    ---   T-16  T-66  T-52  T-7   mc
 Darrell Kestner    ---   ---   T-69  ---   T-37  T-13  mc
 Ron Philo Jr       T-31  mc    T-50  T-34  mc    28th  mc
 David Hutsell      T-76  ---   mc    T-6   Won   T-40  mc
 Troy Pare          mc    ---   ---   5th   mc    T-71  mc
 Stu Ingraham       T-22  mc    mc    T-9   T-48  mc    mc
 Rich Steinmetz     wd    T-54  mc    T-15  mc    mc    mc
 Steve Schneiter    ---   mc    T-2   T-55  T-12  ---   ---
 
 NOTES:
 After a runner-up performance in 2012, Rod Perry opened with a 18-hole record-
 tying 63 and stayed in contention throughout the championship to outlast the
 field and win by three shots over Ryan Polzin.
 
 Trailing by one shot heading into the final round, Perry posted four birdies
 and one lone bogey for a 3-under-par 69 and claim the 46th PGA PNC in Central
 oregon.
 
 Played at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Ore., Perry captured the first-place
 prize of $75,000 and became the first left-hander to win the National
 Championship.
 
 Polzin, who came within a stroke of the lead before a wayward drive on 18
 landed in a hazard, finished second at 280, after closing with 71. Jeff
 Sorenson was another stroke back at 282.
 
 Back in 2012, Matt Dobyns dominated the field, as he posted a 13-under-par,
 275 total to defeat Rod Perry and Kelly Mitchum by a record eight shots in his
 first appearance at this prestigious event.
 
 Trailing by two shots after the opening day, Dobyns assumed control with his
 second straight 68, en route to breaking Sam Snead's 41-year margin of victory
 record of five strokes.
 
 Played on the Black Horse and Bayonet courses in Monterrey, California, Dobyns
 averaged just over 26 putts per round as he posted four consecutive sub-par
 rounds. Dobyns was the only player to accomplish that feat.
 
 Leading by six shots heading into the final day, Dobyns culminated his record-
 setting performance with a four-foot birdie on the last hole. With the win,
 Dobyns became the eighth player in history to win in his first attempt.
 
 In 2011, David Hutsell birdied the second playoff hole to capture the PGA
 Professional National Championship over Faber Jamerson and Scott Erdmann on the
 East Course at Hershey Country Club.
 
 Trailing  Erdmann by four shots heading into the final round, Hutsell moved up
 the leaderboard quickly with birdies on one and five, and then an eagle on six
 continued  his  charge. His birdie on  the 17th in regulation and his two-putt
 par  from  50 feet  on the  last enabled  the Baltimore  resident to reach the
 playoff.  Hutsell's closing  68, his  fourth straight  sub-par round,  was the
 second-best score of the day.
 
 On  the first hole  of the extra session, the 18th, Hutsell and Jamerson split
 the  fairway,  while Erdmann drove  into the  right rough. Erdmann knocked his
 second  shot  into a  greenside bunker  and failed  to get  up and down. While
 Jamerson  two-putted from 30 feet, Hutsell, who hit his second over the green,
 was able to convert from three feet to extend the playoff. Heading back to the
 17th for the second extra hole, Hutsell drove in the right rough,  but Jamerson
 hooked  his tee  shot  left, up  against  a tree.  After chipping  out  left-
 handed into the  fairway, Jamerson  came up short with his third  and  finished
 with  a double-bogey.  Hutsell was equal  to the task and knocked  his approach
 just  six feet away and made the putt for birdie and the
 win.
 
 Danny  Balin had  the round of the  day, climbing 30 places to finish alone in
 fourth.  After opening with rounds of 75-68-70, the Rockville, Maryland native
 set  a new course  record on the difficult East Course, with a brilliant round
 of  63. His score tied the tournament record set by Eddie Famula in 1971.
 
 Not only did Mike Small become the first three-time champion of this event,
 he also joined a select list of players who have successfully defend his title
 with a victory in 2010. Small equaled the feat of Larry Gilbert (1981-82) and
 Roger Watson (1974-75) as the only players to post back-to-back wins in this
 championship.
 
 After posting a course-record 65 on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort
 in the third round, Small owned a four-stroke advantage heading into the final
 day of play. His lead was short-lived, as he opened the last day with five
 bogeys in his first 11 holes. Small, who also won this championship in 2005,
 steadied himself with three birdies and four pars in the closing seven holes to
 register a three-shot win over Sonny Skinner. After a birdie on 15, Skinner was
 actually tied with Small, however he failed to get up and down from a bunker on
 the 16th for par, ending his comeback attempt. Skinner also finished second in
 2008. 2009 runner-up Mark Sheftic closed with a round of 70 and placed third.
 
 The PGA Professional National Championship features 312 players representing 42
 states, the District of Columbia and 41 PGA Sections. The field is limited to
 those PGA members who are eligibly employed as PGA Professionals and in certain
 pre-established membership classifications. The PGA of America reserves the
 right to determine whether or not any applicant is so employed and to reject
 any applicant who does not meet the requirements. No player will be eligible if
 he or she has played in more than 10 combined Adams Golf Pro Tour (Pro and
 Winter Series), Asian, Australia/New Zealand Tour, Champions Tour, Dakotas
 Tour, eGolf Professional Tour, European Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour,
 European Tour, Gateway Pro Tours, Golfweek National Pro Tour, Hooters Tours
 (Winter Series and Carolina Series), NGA Pro Tour, JPGA Senior Tour, JPGA Tour,
 Ladies European Tour (LET), LPGA Futures Tour (Symetra Tour), LPGA Tour, LPGT,
 PGA Tour, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour LatinoAmerica, The Safari Tour, The
 Sunshine Tour, and/or Web.com Tour events.
 
 During the first two days of play, the contestants will be competing on both
 the The Dunes Golf and Beach Club and the Grande Dunes Resort Club. The final
 two rounds will be staged on The Dunes course.
 
 Presented to the PGA Professional National Champion, the Walter Hagen Cup is
 named after the legendary golfer, five-time PGA Champion and one of the 35
 original founders of The PGA of America. The PGA Professional National Champion
 receives a replica of the crystal Walter Hagen Cup, which stands 14? inches
 high, 12 inches wide and weighs 17 1/2 pounds.
 
 The 2015 championship will be staged in Pennsylvania at Philadelphia Cricket
 Club on the Wissahickon and Militia Hill Courses.
 
 
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