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Of the 312 players who began the 44th PGA Professional National Championship, only 20 accomplished what they set out to do -- qualify for this August's 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
A year ago, Danny Balin finished the final round of the PPNC wondering if he could close out a tournament. Wednesday at Hershey CC, the 29-year-old proved in a big way that he's more than capable, carding a course-record 63.
Make no mistake, Matt Ganshaw will not lose any sleep over his struggles over the final two rounds of the 2011 PPNC. The Alabama resident lost too much of it after a series of devastating tornadoes tore through his hometown and golf course in April.
Along with a nice check and entry into the 93rd PGA Championship, new PPNC champion David Hutsell also secured, along with seven others, a spot on the 2011 PGA Cup team.
Jeff Sorenson put last year's disappointment behind him with a solid 70 to make his first PGA Championship, Brian Cairns "finally got over the edge" and did the same thing, a great bogey for Ryan Benzel and more.
Hershey, Pa., is known as the home of the famous candy-making company. But along with tasty chocolate treats, the town boasts a long history with golf dating back more than a century when Hershey's first golf course opened in 1909.