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Meet the Team of 20 Competing at the 2021 PGA Championship - Part II

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The 2021 PGA Championship is fast approaching and the ‘Team of 20’ PGA Professionals competing will be looking forward to facing The Ocean Course head on at Kiawah.
We’ll be taking a look at the ‘Team of 20’ over the next week leading into the championship. Here are five more of the PGA Professionals who will be teeing it up in Kiawah, May 20-23.
Ben Cook
Club/Facility: Yankee Springs Golf Course, Wayland, MI
Michigan PGA Section
Ben Cook is one of four Team of 20 PGA Club Professionals ー along with Danny Balin, Alex Beach, and Rob Labritz ー to have played in the last three PGA Championships. At age 26, he was the youngest PGA Club professional in the 2020 PGA Championship field. He won both the 2018 and 2020 Michigan PGA Section Professional Championship (he won the 2020 event by a record 8 shots). Cook played collegiate golf at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, where he was a Division II All-American and a two-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year.
Mark Geddes
Club/Facility: Coronado Golf Course, Coronado, CA
Southern California PGA Section
Despite recently gaining PGA Membership in 2020 and making his debut in the PGA Professional Championship last month, Mark Geddes emerged from a five players-for-four spots playoff to earn a slot in the 2021 PGA Championship. He has played in the St. Andrews Links and British Amateur. Geddes played college golf at Grand Canyon and earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-American honors.
Larkin Gross
Club/Facility: Springfield Golf & Country Club, Springfield, VA
Middle Atlantic PGA Section
Despite being the youngest member of the field and making his debut in the PGA Professional Championship, Gross finished 4th to earn spot in the 2021 PGA Championship (he had his father, Butch, as his caddie at PGA Golf Club). Larkin will be will 23 years, 9 months, 4 days old when he tees it up at The Ocean Course on May 20. Gross played collegiate golf at Methodist University, where he earned second- (junior season) and third-team (senior season) Division III Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-American status.
Derek Holmes
Club/Facility: PXG Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota PGA Section
Holmes is one of 10 PGA Club Professionals making a PGA Championship debut at The Ocean Course. Some of Holmes' past honors include 2018 Minnesota PGA Section Assistants Event #2 and 2016 Minnesota PGA Section Assistant Player of the Year. He played golf collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and earned NCAA a spot on the Division III PING/GCAA All-America third team.
Greg Koch
Club/Facility: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, FL
South Florida PGA Section
This will be Greg Koch's first appearance at the PGA Championship. He has previously competed in four PGA Professional Championships. Koch was one of four to survive a five-player playoff in the 2021 PGA Professional Championship to claim his spot. Koch played college golf at Florida Southern College Sports and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2013, he is also a three-time NCAA Division II All-American.
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