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Ron Philo Jr
PGA Head Professional at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y., and PGA Teaching Professional at the Ron Philo School of Golf at Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Fla. Winner, 2006 PGA Professional National Championship, defeating Alan Schulte of Fishers, Ind., in a three-hole playoff. Victory in 2006 capped a string of top-5 National Championship performances, having finished tied for third in 2003, tied for fourth in 2004 and fifth in 2005. One of four PGA Professionals to make the cut in the 2005 PGA Championship, finishing T-66. Member of the 2005 U.S. PGA Cup Team. Sister, Laura Diaz, is a standout member of the LPGA Tour, and is caddying for her brother for the second year in a row at the PGA Championship. Competed in 52 events on the former Ben Hogan and Nike Tours from 1991-98. Winner, 1993 North Florida PGA Championship, 2004 New England PGA Championship. . Winner, 1994, '96 North Florida PGA Player of the Year; 2003, '04, '05 New England PGA Player of the Year. Other victories include: 2005 New England Open, 2003 Rhode Island Open, 1999, 2000, '01 Vermont PGA Championship, 1999 Bacardi Trophy at Bermuda Goodwill; 1993, '95 North Florida PGA Championship. Runner-up, 2004 Eastern PGA Championship, 2003 New England PGA Championship, 1994 Nike Tour Pensacola Classic. Winner, 1994, '95 North Florida PGA Chapter Teacher of the Year, 1990 North Florida PGA Assistant Professional of the Year. Competed in the 1999 U.S. Open, and is making his seventh appearance in the PGA Championship.. .Competed full-time on the former Nike Tour from 1994-95, and has collected 10 top-10 finishes through 1998. Has recorded three holes-in-one, with all three in competition. Last ace propelled him to victory in the final round of the 2006 PGA Professional National Championship.