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.
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
|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|