The PGA Professional Championship began in 1968 to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. It has become a showcase event featuring some of the finest players in the Association. Presented to the PGA Professional Champion, the Walter Hagen Cup is named after the legendary golfer, five-time PGA Champion and one of the 35 charter members of the PGA of America.
Hagen elevated the role of the PGA Professional throughout his career. Hagen’s inspirational career is reflected by today’s PGA Professionals in the national championship – displaying playing skills under a national spotlight while also serving their respective clubs and golf communities as managers, merchandisers, and respected teachers of the game.