PGA Life Member John Traub is a familiar sight at the PGA Professional National Championship. Plus, there’s a unique Indonesian connection this year, and more.
By The PGA of America
SEASIDE, Calif. – John Traub, a PGA Life Member from Rochester Hills, Mich., has the most Championship appearances of any player in this year's field. Traub, the 1980 PGA Professional Champion, is making his 27th appearance in the National Championship. Bill Schumaker, of Collumbia City, Ind., the 1984 Champion, is not in the field this week, but leads with 29 appearances.
INDONESIAN CONNECTION: Luke Benoit ("Ben-Wah"), a 28-year-old PGA teaching professional at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn., is the first native Indonesian to compete in the National Championship. He is competing in his first Championship, having qualified through the Minnesota PGA Section Championship.
JUNIOR AND SENIOR: Liam Friedman of Lackawanna, N.Y., is the youngest member of the 312-player field. Friedman, 25, a PGA assistant professional at Orchard Park (N.Y.) Country Club, is a graduate of Methodist University's PGA Professional Golf Management program. Friedman is nine days younger than William Street of Hamden, Conn. Street, a graduate of Arizona State University's PGA PGM program, is a PGA assistant professional at New Haven (Conn.) Country Club.
Jerry Tucker, a PGA Master Professional at Jerry Tucker Golf in Stuart, Fla., is the oldest player in this year's field. Tucker has a total of 20 appearances in the Championship, with his best finish coming in 1988, where he finished in a tie for 34th.