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:
|1. Ron Philo Jr.||Metropolis Country Club|
White Plains, N.Y.
|2. Alan Schulte||The Hawthorns G&CC|
|3. Lee Rinker||Emerald Dunes Golf Club|
West Palm Beach, Fla.
|4. Mike Small||University of Illinois|
|5. Chris Starkjohann||Hodges Golf Center|
|T6. Craig Thomas||The Muttontown Club|
E. Norwich, N.Y.
|T6. Kelly Mitchum||Pinehurst Resort & CC|
|T8. Jeff Cranford||The Palms GC|
La Quinta, Calif.
|T8. Jeff Coston||Semiahmoo Golf Resort|
|T8. Don Yrene||The Golf Club of|
|T8. John Aber||Allegheny Country Club|
|T12. Jim Kane||Oak Tree Country Club|
|T12. Barry Evans||Berry Hills CC|
Charleston, W. Va.
|T12. Chris Wiemers||Eagle Run Golf Course|
|T12. Jerry Haas||Old Town GC|
|T16. Steve Schneiter||Schneiter's Pebble Brook|
|T16. Chip Sullivan||Ashley Plantation CC|
|T16. Greg Bisconti||St. Andrew's GC|
Hastings On Hudson, N.Y.
|T16. Mark Brown||Tam O'Shanter CC|
|T16. Tim Weinhart||St. Marlo Country Club|
* Won Championship three-hole sudden-death playoff
# Won a playoff to earn a berth in the 88th PGA Championship
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