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Gary Robison of Canton, Ohio, will be making his fifth straight appearance in the Senior PGA Championship, where he has made the cut four straight times.
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Four Ohioans earn trips to 70th Senior PGA Championship

Thomas Herzan of Findlay, Gary Robison and Jim Logue of Canton, and Cory George of Lancaster all qualified for the 70th Senior PGA Championship by finishing in the top 35 at the 2008 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Four Ohio PGA Club Professionals have earned a spot to compete in the 70th Senior PGA Championship at Canterbury Golf Club in May.

Thomas Herzan of Findlay, Gary Robison and Jim Logue of Canton, and Cory George of Lancaster have all qualified for the Championship by finishing in the top 35 at the 2008 Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Callaway Golf. The 20th edition of the Championship was contested Oct. 2-5, at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, Calif., and Andalusia Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.

Herzan, Robison and Logue are all members of the Northern Ohio Section and Cory George is a member of the Southern Ohio Section.

Gary Robison, PGA Director of Golf at Brookside Country Club, will be making his fifth consecutive appearance in the Senior PGA Championship.

"Playing in my home state in May will be really special," said Robison. "We are lucky enough to get a chance to play for a major championship and it is truly an honor."

Robison has made the cut at the Senior PGA Championship in each of the last four years; where his best finish is a tie for 52nd in 2007 at Kiawah Island Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C.

"The way the courses have been set-up over the past few years, they have really fit my eye," said Robison. "These championships are all about surviving and you have to just go out and play them a hole at a time."

Herzan, a PGA Teaching Professional at Findlay Country Club, closed with a final round four-under-par 68 and finished in a tie for fourth overall. He also received an exemption into the 2009 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Jim Logue, a PGA Life Member, finished in a tie for 33rd. Logue will be making his seventh appearance in the Senior PGA Championship, and his first since 1999. Logue has also competed in five PGA Championships.

Cory George, PGA Head Professional at Valley View Golf Club, finished in a tie for 30th. George will be making his first appearance in the Senior PGA Championship after competing in just his second Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Canterbury Golf Club, the host of virtually all significant U.S. men's championships since 1932, was selected in May as the site of the 70th Senior PGA Championship, the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. The Championship will be contested May 21-24, 2009, at the course in Beachwood, Ohio, approximately 10 miles southeast of Cleveland.

Designed by Herbert Strong and opened for play in 1921, Canterbury Golf Club is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 courses in America, and next year will become the second U.S. club behind Oak Hill Country Club of Rochester, N.Y., to host all U.S. men's rotating championships.

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Since 1937, golf's best professionals have been competing for the Senior PGA Championship's coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. Past Champions include Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, as well as Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Gary Player and Tom Watson.

The Senior PGA Championship will mark its second appearance in Ohio, and first since 2002 when Fuzzy Zoeller triumphed at Firestone Country Club in Akron.

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