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Scott Hebert, head PGA professional at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, Mich., knows what he has to do to survive Oakland Hills. (Photo: The PGA of America)

Hebert Blog: Proud to be representing The PGA of America

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Each day of the 90th PGA Championship, PGA Professional National Champion Scott Hebert will share his thoughts about competing in the season's final major and playing front of the home folks.

By Scott Hebert, PGA Professional

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- What an exciting time for any PGA Professional, to represent my fellow association members on one of golf's biggest stages. And even more, to do it in my home state, well, I just can't put into words what a thrill that is for me. But since I've been asked to keep a record of my time here at Oakland Hills, I'll give it a good try.

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Winning the 41st PGA Professional National Championship has been my best golf accomplishment, but other than a little more recognition in the golf world, I wouldn't say it's changed my life. I still have my job as the head professional at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, which keeps me really busy. In fact, since winning the PNC at Reynolds Plantation, we've had a few big events for our club membership, which has taken precedence, of course, over any work I could do on my game.

But my game now is pretty good, I think. I've been working hard on getting off the tee; hitting fairways is going to be really important this week. I believe if I can keep the ball in play with my driver, I'll be able to put up some good numbers out here. You can't miss the short grass at Oakland Hills, not even a little bit, or you're going to pay a heavy price. So if you follow my driving accuracy, you'll have a good idea of what kind of championship I'm having.

I'm asked quite a bit if I feel any added pressure representing The PGA of America and my fellow members as the national champion. Of course, I want to show the world -- as all 20 PGA Club Professionals in the field want to do -- that we have the game to compete at this type of venue -- at a major championship -- but I'm really not putting any expectations on myself. I'm not focused on making the cut or anything like that, I just want to play the best I can and put up some good numbers. Everything else will take care of itself.

So, as I get ready to tee off in the morning, I can only say, "So far, so good." I had a relatively easy time getting here, just a nice four-hour drive from home -- though with two screaming kids -- maybe it wasn't that easy. But with so many friends, family, fellow members of the Michigan PGA Section here, I know I'm going to have all the support and cheers I'd need. Now it's up to me to go hit some fairways and make some putts. I'm excited. I think I'm ready. We'll find out in the morning.

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