Congratulations to Rob Moss and the other 8 Section PGA Professionals who qualified to compete in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship, June 22-25, 2014, at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and the Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The nine Northern Ohio PGA Professionals who qualified are: Rob Moss, Pepper Pike Club; Gary Robison, Brookside Country Club; Gary Trivisonno, Windmill Golf Center; Steve Mulcahy, Shawnee Country Club; Jeff Ritchey, Lakewood Country Club; Nick Gustin, Erie Shores Golf Course; Karen Paolozzi, Chagrin Valley Country Club; and Milton Carswell, Stone Oak Country Club.
Returning for a second time to South Carolina, the PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing The PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections. In 2014, the National Championship field will compete at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach, part of the more than 100 courses on the famed 60-mile “Grand Strand” in the Palmetto State. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club will serve as the primary course in the National Championship, including the final 36 holes. It has been designated one of the nation’s “Top 100 Courses” by GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest, and Golfweek. Designed by legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., the par-72 Dunes Golf & Beach Club extends to 7,195 yards and is the only layout in Myrtle Beach with ocean views. Grande Dunes Resort Club, designed by the Robert Rulewich Group and opened in 2001, lies in the heart of Myrtle Beach, and the par-72 layout can be extended to 7,600 yards. It was selected the 2009 National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.
The PGA Professional National Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast (all four rounds) by GOLF CHANNEL. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties. The low 20 scorers in 2014 will earn berths into the 96th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10, 2014, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional National Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional National Championships and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.
Established in 1968, The PGA Professional National Championship roster of Champions includes past and present Tour professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, and Bruce Fleisher.
The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz, and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas and Ashworth Golf, and the PGA TOUR. GOLF CHANNEL is the official media partner. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.