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Barry Evans of West Virginia snagged the chance to tee it up in the season's final major. (Photo: PGA of America)
Barry Evans of West Virginia snagged the chance to tee it up in the season's final major. (Photo: PGA of America)

Top 20 finishers clinch spots in the PGA Championship

One of the great perks available at the PGA Professional National Championship is that the 20 highest finishers receive automatic berths in the PGA Championship. Ron Philo Jr. will lead the 2006 contingent to Medinah Country Club in August.

Bob Denney, PGA of America

VERONA, N.Y. -- PGA Professional National Champion Ron Philo Jr. of Westchester, N.Y., will head a 20-member delegation earning berths in the 88th PGA Championship, Aug. 17-20, at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

Philo, 40, the PGA head professional at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y., will be competing in his seventh PGA Championship. Philo captured his first national title June 25, by defeating Alan Schulte of Fishers, Ind., in a three-hole playoff after first finishing with a final-round 4-under-par 68 for a 10-under 278 in the 39th PGA Professional National Championship at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.

The following PGA Professionals will join Philo in the 88th PGA Championship:

Schulte; Lee Rinker, Jupiter, Fla.; Mike Small, Champaign, Ill.; Chris Starkjohann, Cardiff By The Sea, Calif.; Craig Thomas, Oceanside, N.Y.; Kelly Mitchum, Southern Pines, N.C.; Jeff Cranford, La Quinta, Calif.; Jeff Coston, Blaine, Wash.; Donald Yrene, Scottsdale, Ariz.; John Aber, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jim Kane, Lawrence, Kan.; Barry Evans, Charleston, W.Va.; Chris Wiemers, Omaha, Neb.; Jerry Haas, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah; Chip Sullivan, Troutville, Va.; Greg Bisconti, South Salem, N.Y.; Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; and Tim Weinhart, Buford, Ga.

How the Top 20 PGA Professionals fared in the 39th PGA Professional National Championship:

PlayerHome FacilityScores
1. Ron Philo Jr.Metropolis Country Club
White Plains, N.Y.
68-71-71-68-278*
2. Alan SchulteThe Hawthorns G&CC
Fishers, Ind.
67-69-71-71-278
3. Lee RinkerEmerald Dunes Golf Club
West Palm Beach, Fla.
76-66-68-70-280
4. Mike SmallUniversity of Illinois
Champaign, Ill.
69-68-70-74-281
5. Chris StarkjohannHodges Golf Center
Escondido, Calif.
69-70-71-72-282
T6. Craig ThomasThe Muttontown Club
E. Norwich, N.Y.
69-71-73-70-283
T6. Kelly MitchumPinehurst Resort & CC
Pinehurst, N.C.
71-69-72-71-283
T8. Jeff CranfordThe Palms GC
La Quinta, Calif.
71-69-73-71-284
T8. Jeff CostonSemiahmoo Golf Resort
Blaine, Wash.
77-65-70-72-284
T8. Don YreneThe Golf Club of
Scottsdale, Ariz.
70-69-72-73-284
T8. John AberAllegheny Country Club
Sewickley, Pa.
71-70-69-74-284
T12. Jim KaneOak Tree Country Club
Edmond, Okla.
70-73-72-70-285
T12. Barry EvansBerry Hills CC
Charleston, W. Va.
71-70-73-71-285
T12. Chris WiemersEagle Run Golf Course
Omaha, Neb.
74-66-73-72-285
T12. Jerry HaasOld Town GC
Winston-Salem, N.C.
71-73-68-73-285
T16. Steve SchneiterSchneiter's Pebble Brook
Golf Links
Sandy, Utah
67-70-78-72-287#
T16. Chip SullivanAshley Plantation CC
Daleville, Va.
73-69-76-69-287#
T16. Greg BiscontiSt. Andrew's GC
Hastings On Hudson, N.Y.
68-70-73-76-287#
T16. Mark BrownTam O'Shanter CC
Brookville, N.Y.
74-68-73-72-287#
T16. Tim WeinhartSt. Marlo Country Club
Duluth, Ga.
69-73-71-74-287#

* Won Championship three-hole sudden-death playoff
# Won a playoff to earn a berth in the 88th PGA Championship

The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra; Buick and Club Car. The Greg Norman Collection is the Official Golf Apparel of the championship. The Golf Channel is the exclusive media partner and the PGA Tour is a contributing partner.

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