Facts and Format
Prize Money and Awards
The 2013 PGA Professional National Championship features a $550,000 purse. The 2013 Champion will be presented with the Walter Hagen Cup, and receives exemptions for the following:
• 2013 PGA Championship
• 2013 PGA Cup
• Six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period
Method of Play
Stroke play, four rounds, 18 holes daily on two courses. The entire field of 312 will compete on each course 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 on Crosswater Club. In the event of a tie for first place upon completion of play, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff starting on the 18th hole. If still tied, players will advance to Hole No. 10 through No. 17 repeated, until a Champion is determined. The playoff for the top 20 PGA Championship qualifiers will be a hole-by-hole format beginning 15 minutes after the completion of play. The playoff will begin on Hole No. 10, and if still tied, proceed to holes 1 through 18. This rotation will be repeated until spots/ alternates are determined.
The field of 312 will be limited to those PGA members who are eligibly employed as PGA Professionals and in certain pre-established membership classifications as of May 8, 2013. 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 10 combined Adams Golf Pro Tour (Pro and Winter Series), Asian, Australia/New Zealand Tour, Champions Tour, Dakotas Tour, eGolf Professional Tour, European Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour, European Tour, Gateway Pro Tours, Golfweek National Pro Tour, Hooters Tours (Winter Series and Carolina Series), NGA Pro Tour, JPGA Senior Tour, JPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour (LET), LPGA Futures Tour (Symetra Tour), LPGA Tour, LPGT, PGA Tour, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour LatinoAmerica, The Safari Tour, The Sunshine Tour, and/or web.com Tour events played between May 6, 2012 and May 7, 2013. The U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid are excluded from the 10-tournament count.
The National Car Rental PGA Assistant Champion will be exempt into the national field, provided that he or she was a PGA member at the time he or she won the Championship, and 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 Rules Committee. The PGA Professional National Championship is subject to the overall supervision of the board and the PGA Rules Committee.
The PGA Professional National Championship began in 1968, to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. In more than three decades, it has become the showcase event for PGA Professionals, featuring some of the finest players in the Association. Formerly a 360-player field, the format of the PGA Professional National Championship was converted from 1997-2005 to a larger nationwide event featuring the finest 156 players at the peak of their games.
Previously, the Championship was contested after the golf season had ended across much of the United States. In 1997, local Sectional PGA Professional Championships were created, along with four new Regional PGA Professional Championships. The National Championship then moved its dates to one month prior to the PGA Championship. Following the 2004 fall season, the Regional PGA Professional Championships were discontinued, focusing more on the Section Championships and National Championship.
The Championship has been conducted in 16 states in the previous 45 years: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
The list of Champions over the past 45 years includes: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Ed Dougherty, Bruce Fleisher, Larry Gilbert, Rex Baxter Jr., Don Massengale, Laurie Hammer, Larry Webb, Bob Boyd, Brett Upper, Bruce Zabriski and Mike Small.
In 1997, the 30th National Championship was the first to be televised live by Golf Channel to millions of viewers across the U.S., Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Malaysia, the Middle East, Scandinavia and Singapore. This year’s PGA Professional National Championship has a potential audience of 110 million.
The 46th PGA Professional National Championship features a field of 312 players who have advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past Champions. The final 36 holes of the National Championship will be conducted on one course, featuring a field of the low 70 scorers and ties. The Championship will distribute a total purse of more than $1.65 million, which will be awarded in both the Section and National Championships.
The Walter Hagen Cup
Presented to the PGA Professional National Champion, the Walter Hagen Cup is named after the legendary golfer, five-time PGA Champion and one of the 35 Charter members of The PGA of America. Hagen elevated the role of the PGA Professional throughout his career. The Haig’s inspirational career is reflected by today’s PGA Professionals in the national championsip -- displaying playing skills under a national spotlight while also serving their respected facilities and golf communities as managers, merchandisers and respected teachers of the game. The PGA Professional National Champion receives a replica of the crystal Walter Hagen Cup, which stands 14½ inches high, 12 inches wide and weighs 17 ½ pounds.