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Highest of Honors

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 that will face Great Britain & Ireland at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., in September.

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Newly crowned PPNC champion David Hutsell gives some love to the Walter Hagen Cup. (The PGA of America)

HERSHEY, Pa. -- PGA Professional National Champion David Hutsell of Baltimore, Md., was among eight players to qualify for a berth on the 25th PGA Cup Team that will face Great Britain & Ireland, Sept. 16-18, at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
 

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Hutsell, 40, the PGA director of instruction at The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Md., won the 44th PGA Professional National Championship Wednesday in a two-hole playoff at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club.
 
Hutsell will make his first appearance on the U.S. Team in the premier international competition for PGA Professionals.
 
Joining Hutsell on the U.S. team are Danny Balin of Greenwich, Conn., representing Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., Faber Jamerson of Appotomattox, Va., representing Falling River Country Club in Appomattox, Va.; Scott Erdmann of Tigard, Ore., representing Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore.; Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., representing River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga.; Rob McClellan of Butler, Pa., representing Butler (Pa.) Country Club; Mark Sheftic of Blue Bell, Pa., representing Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.; and Mike Small of Champaign, Ill,  the head men's golf coach at the University of Illinois.
 
Balin, Erdmann, Hutsell, Jamerson and McClellan will be making their first appearance in the PGA Cup. Sheftic and Skinner, who each competed in 2009, will making their second appearance, while Small will be playing on his fourth straight team.
 
The final two berths  for the U.S. Team will be determined at the conclusion of the 93rd PGA Championship, based upon a two-year points system.
 
PGA Honorary President Jim Remy of Ludlow, Vt., will serve  as Captain, while the Great Britain & Ireland 10-member unit will be guided by Russell Weir of Dunoon, Scotland. The GB&I Team was determined June  14.
 
The PGA Cup, which originated in 1973, brings  together  the finest PGA club professionals in the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland.
 
The United States owns a 16-5-3 advantage in the PGA Cup, and has never been defeated on home soil.
 
The U.S. retained possession of the Llandudno International Trophy, awarded to the winning team, with a 17½ to 8½ victory in September 2009 at The Carrick in Loch Lomond, Scotland.