Bob Friend and Craig Thomas tie for low club professional honors at Harbor Shores

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – When the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid began on Thursday morning, 42 club professionals teed it up. After the 36-hole cut came at 4-over par, 12 advanced to the weekend.

Bob Friend and Craig Thomas tied for low club professional honors. Each finished at 3-over-par 287.

"It's very important," said Friend, who has worked at Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, W. Va., since January of 2005.  "It means a lot.  

"I used to play on tour back in the '90s and stopped playing in 2003," he added. "So the duties of every club professional, I handle all the marketing for its club, I handle all the membership sales, I give lessons, run tournaments with my fellow golf professional Chris Maginnes there and have the opportunity to come and compete. The owner of the club is graciously allowed me to try some Champions Tour qualifying this winter and this summer, and I played well enough to get into the golf tournament and next week go down to Iowa, try to qualify for that, and if I don't then I'm right back in the shop on Thursday afternoon."

Thomas, the 50-year-old PGA head professional at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y., shot a 72 on Sunday.

"I started every round wanting to put up a good number and once I made the cut, Saturday and Sunday felt like a little bit of a bonus," Thomas said. "It was a little bit easier, a little bit freer, you're really not worried about what the number is going to be, 2 or 3 or 4 over you go out and play golf and make a few putts and see what you do."

Here's a closer look at the 12 club professionals and where they finished at Harbor Shores:

Name: Bob Friend
Age: 50
Scores: 72-72-69-74--287 (+3)
Position: T33
At a glance: Friend is the son of pitcher Bob Friend, who was a four time All-Star and 1960 World Series Champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is Director of Golf Operations at Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, W. Va. Friend joined the Web.Com Tour in 1990 and recorded five top-10 finished including a second place finish at the El Paso Open during his rookie year on Tour.

Name: Craig Thomas
Age: 50
Scores: 71-74-70-72--287 (+3)
Position: T33
At a glance: Thomas is the PGA head professional at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y. He tied for 23rd in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship and tied for fourth in 2009 PGA Professional National Championship.

Name: Frank Esposito
Age: 50
Scores: 69-73-74-72--288 (+4)
Position: T39
At a glance: Esposito is the PGA head professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, N.J. he tied for third in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship. He competed in the 2008 PGA Championship after finishing in a tie for 19th in the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship.

Name: Sonny Skinner
Age: 53
Scores: 72-73-70-73--288 (+4)
Position: T39
At a glance: Skinner is a PGA Life Member. He tied for 41st in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship, which ensured him enough points to win a record fourth straight Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Award (2010-13). He finished ninth in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship and tied for 35th in the 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Skinner is the only player in PGA of America history to win both a PGA Professional Player of the Year (2008) and a Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year award.

Name: James Mason
Age: 63
Scores: 73-72-71-73--289 (+5)
Position: T48
At a glance: Mason is a PGA Life Member. Finished T12 in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Mason's family owned Sky Valley Resort in North Georgia from 1975-91. He tarted wearing knickers in the mid-1980s after he and his wife visited the Teabury Knicker Company in California and he purchased several pairs. Once roomed with Fuzzy Zoeller when they were starting their professional careers. Played several PGA Tour events in 1973 and '74, but never made the cut in any tournament. 

Name: Todd McCorkle
Age: 51
Scores: 69-76-74-71--290 (+6)
Position: T55
At a glance: McCorkle is a PGA assistant professional at Old Overton Club in Vestavia, Ala. He finished T19 in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship. He will compete in the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship in June in Myrtle Beach, S.C., having earned a berth by placing fourth in the Section Championship. McCorkle enjoyed a banner 2013 season in the Dixie PGA Section, capturing the Section Player of the Year and Section Assistant Player of the Year honors, along with winning the Dixie Senior PGA Professional Championship. 

Name: Don Berry
Age: 52
Scores: 73-73-69-76--291 (+7)
Position: T59
At a glance: Berry is the PGA head professional at Edinburgh USA Golf Club in Brooklyn Park, Minn. He finished runner-up in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship and tied for 35th in the 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid – his only other Senior PGA Championship start. 

Name: Craig Stevens
Age: 53
Scores: 71-74-71-76--292 (+8)
Position: T64
At a glance: Stevens is a PGA teaching professional at Brookstone Golf & CC in Acworth, Ga. He enjoyed a banner year in 2013, winning the Georgia PGA Player of the Year and Senior Section Player of the Year. He also finished sixth in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Name: Tim Parun
Age: 54
Scores: 72-73-75-73--293 (+9)
Position: T67
At a glance: Parun is a PGA teaching professional at Sail Ho Golf Club in San Diego, Calif. He tied for 36th in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship, and finished T17 in 2011; tied for sixth in the 2010 Championship. Parun placed 79th in the 2011 Senior PGA Championship. He also competed in the 2010 U.S. Senior Open.

Name: Stuart Smith
Age: 52
Scores: 71-75-73-75--294 (+10)
Position: T71
At a glance: Smith is the PGA director of golf at Somersett Country Club in Reno, Nev. He tied for 16th in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship and finished T21 in the 2012. Smith has competed in five PGA Professional National Championships, with a career-best finish T12 in 2011.

Name: Tracy Phillips
Age: 51
Scores: 72-72-78-72--294 (+10)
Position: T71
At a glance: Phillips is the PGA Director of Instruction at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, Okla. He tied for 36th in the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Name: Jon Corliss
Age: 57
Scores: 76-70-76-73--295 (+11)
Position: T73
At a glance: Corliss is a PGA Teaching Professional at Heron Ridge Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va. He tied for 30th in 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship and was the 2007 Middle Atlantic PGA Senior Player of the Year.

VIDEO: Watch Bob Friend and Craig Thomas receive their prizes: