Perry wins PNC; bios on players advancing to PGA

Rod Perry is the head professional at Crane Lakes Golf Course in Port Orange, Fla.

Rod Perry is the head professional at Crane Lakes Golf Course in Port Orange, Fla.

SUNRIVER, Ore. -- Here are thumbnail bios for the 20 players who qualified from the PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort to compete in the 95th PGA Championship, to be played Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. (Players are listed in their order of finish at the PGA Professional National Championship, followed immediately by their age, residence and current occupation.)

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1. ROD PERRY

39, Port Orange, Fla., head professional at Crane Lakes Golf Course in Port Orange. . . . Finished T-2 in last year’s PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Was the 2012 PGA Professional player of the year. . . . Has been the North Florida PGA player of the year six times. . . . Is a three-time winner of the North Florida Match Play Championship and the North Florida PGA. . . . Has played in two PGA Tour events this year, missing the cut at the Tampa Bay Championship and finishing 76th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. . . . Has played in one PGA Championship (MC, 2012).

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2. RYAN POLZIN

33, Houston, Texas, head professional at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston. . . . Had previously played in two PGA Professional National Championships. . . . Individual champion at the 2011 ESPN National Golf Challenge.

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3. JEFF SORENSON

34, Blaine, Minn., teaching professional at Columbia Golf Club in Minneapolis. . . . Finished T-8 at the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Has won three Minnesota PGA Championships (2006, ’08 and ’10) and two Minnesota PGA Match Play titles. . . . Was the Minnesota PGA player of the year three years in a row starting in 2008. . . . Has 43 Minnesota PGA victories and has finished in the top three in the voting for the national PGA player of the year twice. . . . Missed the cut at the 2011 PGA Championship.

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T-4. MIKE SMALL

47, Champaign, Ill., head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois. . . . Has a record-tying three victories at the PGA Professional National Championship (2005, ’09, ’10) and has finished in the top 10 in all but one of 10 starts, including runner-up showings in 2004 and 2007. . . . He has been the Big Ten coach of the year six times. . . . Has won a record nine Illinois PGA titles and the Illinois Open four times. . . . Has played in the PGA Championship eight times and has been the low club professional twice. . . . Also has qualified to play in three U.S. Opens. . . . He played in the PGA Tour’s Western Open in 2004 and 2005 and made the cut both times. . . . Played fulltime on the PGA Tour in 1998, making eight cuts in 26 starts.

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T-4. MARK SHEFTIC

38, Blue Bell, Pa., teaching professional at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. . . . Had played in the PGA Professional National Championship three times previously with two top-3 finishes (T-2 in 2009, third in 2010). . . . Played on the victorious 2009 U.S. PGA Cup team and scored the decisive point at The Carrick in Scotland. . . . Has been runner-up in the Philadelphia Open twice (2004, ’07) and has finishes in the top 10 at the Pennsylvania Open three times. . . . Missed the cut in two PGA Championships (2009, ’10).

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T-4. CHIP SULLIVAN

48, Troutville, Va., director of golf at Hanging Rock Golf Club in Salem, Va. . . . Won the 2006 PGA Professional National Championship and also had top-10 finishes in 2004 (third) and 2010 (T-6). . . . Has won the Middle Atlantic PGA Championship three times, is a four-time Maryland Open winner and a runner-up at the Virginia State Open six times. . . . Was a member of the U.S. PGA Cup team in 2007. . . . Is a three-time recipient of the Middle Atlantic PGA player of the year. . . . As a collegiate player at the University of Mississippi, he won the individual title at the 1986 Southeastern Conference Championship and was a first-team All-SEC. . . . He was a two-time Louisiana State Junior champion. . . . Has played in the PGA Championship five times with his best finish being a tie for 31st in 2004. . . . Played on the PGA Tour in 1997 and made 11 cuts in 27 events.

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T-4. J.C. ANDERSON

51, O’Fallon, Mo., teaching professional at Mid-Rivers Golf Complex in St. Peters, Mo. . . . Won the 2003 North Texas PGA and the North Texas PGA Match Play in 2002 and ’03. . . . Has won two Gateway PGA Professional Championships and one Gateway PGA Match Play. . . . Played on the PGA Tour in 1991, ’93 and ’94, and was sixth at the Kemper Open in 1993. . . . Has been North Texas PGA player of the year twice (2002, ’03) and Gateway PGA player of the year twice (2005, ’10).

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8. BOB SOWARDS

45, Dublin, Ohio, teaching professional at New Albany (Ohio) Country Club. . . . Won the 2004 PGA Professional National Championship after finishing T-3 the year before. . . . Was the PGA Professional player of the year three years in a row starting in 2003. . . . Won the Ohio Open three times (2002, ’04 and ’10). . . . Has been Southern Ohio PGA player of the year 10 times from 1996-2011. . . . Played on the PGA Tour in 2008 with his best finish being T-9 at the Wyndham Championship. . . . Has played in six PGA Championships; was 13th after a 69 in the first round in 2011.

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T-9. KIRK HANEFELD

57, Acton, Mass., director of instruction at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, Mass. . . . Won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in 2008 and 2011, making him only the fifth player to win multiple titles. . . . Was the 2008 Senior PGA professional player of the year. . . . Has won the New England PGA three times and was the 2001 New England PGA player of the year. . . . Was runner-up at the Champions Tour Qualifying School in 2006. . . . Played in 52 Champions Tour events between 2006-12 and had three top-10 finishes.

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T-9. SONNY SKINNER

52, Sylvester, Ga., head professional at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga. . . . Became the second person to win three Senior PGA professional player of the year titles (2010-12). . . . Shared low club professional honors at the 2013 Senior PGA Championship. . . . He’s the only player to win both a PGA professional player of the year honor (2008) and a Senior PGA professional of the year. . . . Was T-3 at the 2012 Senior PGA Professional National Championship and T-6 in 2010. . . . He was twice (2008, ’10) a runner-up at the PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Went undefeated (4-0) as a member of the 2009 U.S. PGA Cup team and also was a PGA Cup participant in 2011. . . . Competed in nearly 300 Nationwide Tour events from 1990-2008 and advanced out of PGA Tour Q-School four times. . . . Was the 2006 Georgia PGA player of the year.

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T-9. DAVID MUTTITT

30, Albuquerque, N.M., assistant professional at Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club in Sandia, N.M. . . . Winner of the 2012 Sun Country PGA Section Championship and Sun Country PGA Assistant title. . . . Was T-5 at last year’s New Mexico State Open.

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T-9. MARK BROWN

46, Oyster Bay, N.Y., head professional at Tam O’Shanter in Brookville, N.Y. . . . Had consecutive runner-up finishes at the PGA Professional National Championship in 2000 and ’01. . . . Was a member of the 2000 U.S. PGA Cup team. . . . Won three New York State Opens, the 2010 Long Island Open, the 2005 Metropolitan PGA, the 1999 Metropolitan Open and the 1999 Eastern PGA Professional Championship. . . . Was the 1999 and 2009 Metropolitan PGA player of the year. . . . Has played in four PGA Championships with his best finish being T-24 in 2008.

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T-9. DAVID McNABB

47, Newark, Del., head professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa. . . . Winner, 2005 Delaware State Open, Philadelphia PGA Head Pro Championship in 1997, 2004 and 2005, and the Philadelphia Shawnee Open in 2004.

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T-14. STUART SMITH

51, Reno, Nev., director of golf at Somersett Country Club in Reno. . . . Had top-20 finishes at the PGA Professional National Championship in 2011 and ’12. . . . Runner-up at the 2004 Northern California PGA Stroke Play. . . . Was 10th at the 1989 Boise Open on the former Ben Hogan Tour. . . . Was the 2004 Northern California PGA player of the year.

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T-14. JEFFREY MARTIN

39, Warwick, R.I., head professional at Norton (Mass.) Country Club. . . . Has played in eight PGA Professional National Championships with his best finish being T-10 in 2008. . . . Played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006. . . . New England PGA player of the year in 2008, ’09 and ’10. . . . Was the Rhode Island PGA champion in 2005, ’06 and ’09. . . . Won the 2000 and 2009 New England PGA Assistant Championship.

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T-14. LEE RHIND

34, Midland, Texas, assistant professional at Midland (Texas) Country Club. . . . Won the 2011 North Texas PGA Assistants Championship. . . . Has twice finished in the top 20 at the PGA National Assistant Championship. . . . Was the 2010 and ’12 West Texas Chapter player of the year. . . . Was born in Livingston, Scotland.

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T-14. CAINE FITZGERALD

39, Parker, Colo., assistant professional at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, Colo. . . . Had top-20 finishes at the 2006 and ’07 Colorado Opens and the 2007 Denver Open. . . . Won the Colorado PGA Section Championship in 2005 and 2012. . . . Won the 1997 Iowa Open and was the Iowa PGA assistant player of the year three years in a row starting in 1996. . . . Was the 2003 Colorado PGA player of the year.

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T-18. BOB GAUS

52, St. Louis, Mo., teaching professional at Tower Tee Golf Center in St. Louis. . . . Had two previous top-10s at the PGA Professional National Championship (second in 1998, T-8 in 2009). . . . Was tied for third at last year’s Senior PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Had a 3-0-1 record for the 1998 U.S. PGA Cup team. . . . Played on the Nike Tour from 1996-98 with his best finish being T-10 in Springboro, Ohio, in 1996. . . . Won the 1997 Gateway PGA Match Play title and was the Gateway PGA player of the year in 1995 and ’96. . . . Was a first-team Division II All-American at Southern Illinois University. . . . Owns two course records, including a 60 at Westborough Country Club in Webster Grove, Mo.

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T-18. DANNY BALIN

31, Rockville, Md., assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. . . . Finished fourth in back-to-back PGA Professional National Championships in 2010 and ’11. . . . Won the 2012 New York State Open and the 2011 Metropolitan PGA. . . . Shot a final-round 63, which was a course record and the lowest final round at the PGA Professional National Championship, at Hershey Country Club in 2011. . . . Missed the cut at three PGA Championships (2010-12).

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T-18. ROB LABRITZ

42, Pound Ridge, N.Y., director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y. . . . Was the low club professional at the 2010 PGA Championship, finishing in a tie for 68th. . . . Won the 2008 New York State Open, the 2006 New York State PGA and the 2012 Metropolitan PGA Head Professional Championship. . . . Won the 2004 Golden Bear Tour’s Teardrop Championship.

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