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Presenting sponsors: Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra, Buick & Club Car
Dates: June 19-22, 2008
Site: Reynolds Plantation – Great Waters and Reynolds Landing Courses, Greensboro, Ga.
Exclusive Media Partner: GOLF CHANNEL
Supporting Sponsor: The PGA TOUR
Defending Champion: Chip Sullivan, PGA Head Professional, Ashley Plantation, Daleville, Va.
Prize Money and Awards: The 2008 PGA Professional National Championship features a $550,000 purse. The 2008 Champion's name will be inscribed on the Walter Hagen Cup, which is enshrined at The PGA of America national headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The 2008 PGA Professional National Champion also receives exemptions into the following:
- 2008 PGA Championship
- 2008 PGA Cup
- Six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period
The Walter Hagen Cup: Presented to the PGA Club Professional 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. Hagen elevated the role of the PGA Professional throughout his career. The Haig's inspirational career is reflected in today's PGA Professionals competing in the national championship -- displaying playing skills under a national spotlight while also serving their respective clubs and golf communities as managers, merchandisers and respected teachers of the game. The PGA Club Professional Champion receives a replica of the crystal Walter Hagen Cup, which is 14½ inches high, 12 inches wide and weighs 17½ pounds.
Method of Play: Stroke play, four rounds, 18 holes daily on two courses. The entire field of 312 will compete on each course – Great Waters and Reynolds Landing -- at least once in the first two rounds. Following the first 36 holes of play, the field will be reduced to the low 70 scorers and those tied for 70th place. Those players will compete in the final two rounds at Great Waters. In the event of a tie for first place upon completion of play, there will be a sudden-death playoff.
Eligibility: The field of 312 will be limited to those PGA members who are eligibly employed as golf professionals and in certain pre-established membership classifications as of May 2008. 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 ten (10) combined PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA European Tour, Canadian our, Australia/New Zealand Tour, JPGA Tour, The Sunshine Tour (South Africa), The Asian Tour, The Safari Tour, The PGA Challenge Tour, national Senior Tour, European Seniors Tour, JPGA Senior Tour, WPGT, JLPGA, Grey Goose Gateway Tour, Hooters Tour, and SBC Futures Tour tournaments between May 12, 2007 and May 13, 2008. The U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, PGA Championship, and Senior PGA Championship are not included in the 10-tournament count. The TaylorMade-Adidas Golf PGA Assistant Professional Champion will be exempt into the Championship, provided that he or she is eligibly employed or in an eligible PGA classification at the time of entry into the PGA Professional National Championship.
Rules and Regulations: The Rules of Golf, which govern play, are determined by the United States Golf Association and applied by The PGA of America Board of Directors. The Championship is subject to the overall supervision of the Board and the PGA Rules Committee.