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Alex Beach leads contingent of 20 PGA Professionals to play in the 101st PGA Championship

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BLUFFTON, S.C. –  Alex Beach of Stamford, Connecticut, who won the 2019 PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, leads a group of 20 PGA Professionals who have earned their way to the 2019 PGA Championship, May 16-19, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York.
  
A 29-year-old PGA Assistant Professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, Beach will make his second PGA Championship appearance after his debut in 2017.
  
Beach leads a contingent of five players from the Metropolitan PGA Section, which counts Bethpage Black as one of its Section facilities. In addition to Beach are: 2019 PGA Professional Championship runner-up Danny Balin of Irvington, New York; Jason Caron of Oyster Bay, New York; Brian Mackey of Chestnut Ridge, New York; and Rob Labritz of Pound Ridge, New York.

SCORES: Final leaderboard from the PGA Pro Champ

Three players will make their sixth appearance in the PGA Championship: Rod Perry of Port Orange, Florida; Rob Labritz of Pound Ridge, New York; and Balin.
 
Six players competed in a playoff for the final two spots. Andrew Filbert of Naples, Florida, emerged with a birdie on the first playoff hole, while Tyler Hall of Clifton, New Jersey, secured the final spot with a birdie on the third extra hole.
 
Nine players will make their PGA Championship debut, while six players will return to the PGA Championship after competing last year.

PLAYER HOMETOWN CLUB/FACILITY PGA SECTION PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
EXPERIENCE
Alex Beach Stamford, Conn. Westchester C.C. Metropolitan 2017
Danny Balin Irvington, N.Y. Fresh Meadow C.C. Metropolitan 2010-13, '18
Stuart Deane Arlington, Texas Texas Star G.C. Northern Texas 2014, '17
Jason Caron Oyster Bay, N.Y. Mill River Club Metropolitan None
Ben Cook Caledonia, Mich. Yankee Springs G.C. Michigan None
Rich Berberian Jr. Hooksett, N.H. Vesper C.C. New England 2016-18
Rod Perry Port Orange, Fla. Crane Lakes Golf & C.C. North Florida 2012-14, '16-17
Jeffrey Schmid Iowa City, Iowa Brown Deer G.C. Iowa None
Marty Jertson Phoenix, Ariz. Ping Golf, Inc. Southwest 2011-12, '18
Casey Russell Houston, Texas Golfcrest C.C. Southern Texas None
Brian Mackey Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. Hollow Brook G.C. Metropolitan None
Ryan Vermeer Omaha, Neb. Happy Hollow Club Nebraska 2017-18
Rob Labritz Pound Ridge, N.Y. GlenArbor G.C. Metropolitan 2002-03, '10, '13, '16
Craig Bowden Bloomington, Ind. Life Member Indiana 2018
Justin Bertsch Naples, Fla. Hideout G.C. South Florida None
John O'Leary Sterling, Va. Trump National G.C. D.C. Middle Atlantic 2007
Cory Schneider Powells Point, N.C. The Pointe G.C. Carolinas None
Craig Hocknull Gilbert, Ariz. Saber Golf Southwest 2018
Andrew Filbert Naples, Fla. Royal Poinciana G.C. South Florida None
Tyler Hall Clifton, N.J. Upper Montclair C.C. New Jersey None