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HERSHEY, Pa. – Here are thumbnail bios for the 20 low scorers from the 44th PGA Professional National Championship. They have earned a spot in the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

Note: Players are listed in order of finish from the PNC

DAVID HUTSELL

  • Age: 40
  • Residence: Baltimore, Md.
  • College: Towson State
  • Occupation: Director of instruction at The Elkridge Club, Baltimore, Md.
  • Previous majors: 2010 PGA Championship (MC)
  • Career highlights: Tied for sixth at last year’s PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Was the 2010 Middle Atlantic PGA player of the year.

FABER JAMERSON

  • Age: 34
  • Residence: Appomattox, Va.
  • College: James Madison
  • Occupation: General manager at Falling River Country Club, Appomattox, Va.
  • Previous majors: None
  • Career highlights: Won three Virginia State Open titles, including one (1999) as an amateur. . . . Won the 1999 Mid-Atlantic Amateur. . . . Runner-up at the 2006 PGA Assistant Professional Championship.

SCOTT ERDMANN

  • Age: 34
  • Residence: Tigard, Ore.
  • College: Professional Golfers Career College (New Zealand)
  • Occupation: Assistant professional at Oswego Lake Country Club, Lake Oswego, Ore.
  • Previous majors: None
  • Career highlights: Won the Oregon PGA Assistant Championship in 2005 and the Pacific Northwest Assistant Professional Championship in 2009. . . . Was runner-up in the 2010 Pacific Northwest PGA and last year’s Pacific Northwest Assistant Championship. . . . Was the ’09 Pacific Northwest Assistant player of the year.

DANNY BALIN

  • Age: 29
  • Residence: Rockville, Md.
  • College: Penn State
  • Occupation: Assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club, Greenwich, Conn.
  • Previous majors: 2010 PGA Championship (MC)
  • Career highlights: Finished fourth in last year’s PGA Professional National Championship. . . . T-9 at the 2008 Metropolitan Open and T-8 in 2007.

ROB McCLELLAN

  • Age: 31
  • Residence: Butler, Pa.
  • College: Liberty University
  • Occupation: Head professional at Butler (Pa.) Country Club
  • Previous majors: 2010 PGA Championship (MC)
  • Career highlights: Tied for 15th at last year’s PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Won the 2010 Tri-State Section Match Play Championship and was the Tri-State Section player of the year. . . . Won two Tri-State Assistant Professional titles (2003, ’07). . . . Was named an Academic All-American in 2002 at Liberty.

MARTY JERTSON

  • Age: 30
  • Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
  • College: Colorado School of Mines
  • Occupation: Executive manager at Ping Golf, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Previous majors: None
  • Career highlights: Won the 2008 Southwest PGA Assistant Professional title and the 2010 Southwest PGA. . . . Finished fourth at the 2005 Arizona Open and was third at the ’07 Southwest PGA Assistant Professional Championship.

BRAD LARDON

  • Age: 46
  • Residence: College Station, Texas
  • College: Rice University
  • Occupation: Director of golf at Miramont Country Club, Bryan, Texas
  • Previous majors: 2007 PGA Championship (MC), U.S. Open in 2002 (T-58) and 2004 (MC)
  • Career highlights: T-16 at the 2007 PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Won back-to-back Texas State Opens in 1995 and ’96. . . . Won the 2006 Southern Texas PGA Championship and the 2006 PGA Assistant Professional Championship.

SEAN DOUGHERTY

  • Age: 32
  • Residence: Overland Park, Kan.
  • College: North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Occupation: Head professional at Milburn Country Club, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Previous majors: None
  • Career highlights: Top-five finishes (3, T2, T20) in each of the last three PGA Assistant Professional Championships. . . . 2008 Midwest Section player of the year. . . . Three-time (2008-10) Midwest Section assistant player of the year.

JEFF SORENSON

  • Age: 32
  • Residence: Blaine, Minn.
  • College: University of Minnesota
  • Occupation: Teaching professional at Columbia Golf Club, Minneapolis
  • Previous majors: None
  • Career highlights: Minnesota PGA winner in 2006 and ’08. . . . Won Minnesota PGA Match Play in 2006 and 2005 Minnesota PGA Assistant Professional Championship. . . . Two-time (2003, ’05) Minnesota PGA assistant player of the year.

MIKE SMALL

  • Age: 45
  • Residence: Champaign, Ill.
  • College: University of Illinois
  • Occupation: Head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois
  • Previous majors: Six PGA Championships (2004-07, 2009 and ’10). Finished 76th in 2005 and T-69 in 2007; missed the cut in three U.S. Opens (1994, ’98 and 2007)
  • Career highlights: Won the PGA Professional National Championship three times (2005, ’09 and ’10). . . . Has been a member of three U.S. PGA Cup teams. . . . Has won the Illinois PGA nine times, including eight in a row from 2003, and the Illinois Open four times. . . . Played on the Nike Tour and won twice in 1997 (Monterey Open and Cleveland Open). . . . Played on the PGA Tour in 1998 and finished T-9 at that year’s Canadian Open.

BRIAN CAIRNS

  • Age: 47
  • Residence: Waterford, Mich.
  • College: Barry University
  • Occupation: Teaching professional at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center, Plymouth, Mich.
  • Previous majors: None
  • Career highlights: Past winner of the Michigan PGA Match Play. . . . Won the Michigan PGA in 1996 and 2000.

STUART SMITH

  • Age: 43
  • Residence: Reno, Nev.
  • Occupation: Director of golf at Somersett Country Club, Reno, Nev.
  • Previous majors: 1985 U.S. Open (MC)
  • Career highlights: Won the 1989 Palabora Classic on the South African Tour. . . . Finished 10th at the Ben Hogan Tour’s Boise Open in 1989. . . . Was runner-up at the 2004 Northern California PGA Stroke Play Championship. . . . Was the 2004 Northern California PGA player of the year.

STEVE SCHNEITER

  • Age: 47
  • Residence: Saratoga Springs, Utah
  • College: Brigham Young
  • Occupation: Assistant professional at Schneiter’s Pebble Brook, Sandy, Utah
  • Previous majors: 10 PGA Championships (MCs in 1996, ’97, ’99, 2001-04, ’06, ’09; T40 in 2005).
  • Career highlights: Won the PGA Professional National Championship in 1995, finished second or tied for second in 1997, 2003 and 2009. . . . Has won two Western PGAs. . . . Has won state opens in Arizona (2004), Wyoming (2003, ’04) and Idaho (2003). . . .Was the 1997 Utah PGA player of the year. . . . Is a former Utah Amateur champion.

MIKE NORTHERN

  • Age: 48
  • Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • College: Western State College
  • Occupation: Head professional at Valley High Golf Course, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Previous majors: MC at 2001 and 2004 PGA Championships
  • Career highlights: Won 1994 Rocky Mountain PGA. . . . Won 1998 Wyoming Open. . . . Was the Colorado PGA player of the year in 1995, 1998 and 2005.

BOB SOWARDS

  • Age: 43
  • Residence: Dublin, Ohio
  • College: Glenville State College
  • Occupation: Teaching professional at New Albany (Ohio) Country Club
  • Previous majors: MC at four PGA Championships (1997, 2001, ’03, ’04)
  • Career highlights: Won the 2004 PGA Professional National Championship a year after finishing T-3. . . . Has been named Southern Ohio PGA player of the year seven times since 1996. . . . Competed on the PGA Tour in 2005, ’07 and ’08 with his best finish being T-9 at the 2008 Wyndham Championship.

DAN OLSEN

  • Age: 44
  • Residence: Lansing, Mich.
  • College: Indiana
  • Occupation: Assistant professional at Walnut Hills Country Club, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Previous majors: 2004 U.S. Open (MC)
  • Career highlights: T-26 at last year’s PGA Professional National Championship. . . . Played on the PGA Tour in 2004 and finished T-12 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. . . . Won the Indiana Amateur Championship in 1986, ’88 and ’89.

JEFF COSTON

  • Age: 55
  • Residence: Blaine, Wash.
  • College: Seattle University
  • Occupation: Teaching professional at Semiahmoo Golf Resort, Blaine, Wash.
  • Previous majors: Two PGA Championships (72nd place in 2004, MC in 2005); MC at 1977 and ’78 U.S. Opens, T-53 in 2000
  • Career highlights: Has two top-10 finishes at the PGA Professional National Championship (T-4 in 2004, T-8 in 2006). . . . Won 1977 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Championship. . . . Three-time Washington Open winner, five-time Pacific Northwest PGA winner. . . . Nine-time winner of the Pacific Northwest PGA player of the year. . . . 2002 Pacific Northwest PGA teacher of the year.

ROB MOSS

  • Age: 42
  • Residence: Broadview Heights,Ohio
  • College: Kent State
  • Occupation: Head professional at Pepper Pike (Ohio) Club
  • Previous majors: MC at PGA Championship in 2005 and 2010
  • Career highlights: Winner of the Ohio Open in 1999, 2001 and 2005. . . . Runner-up at the Nike Tour’s 1997 Tri-Cities Open and 1996 Inland Empire Open. . . . Owns 17 Northern Ohio PGA Section wins. . . . Northern Ohio PGA player of the year in 2005.

CRAIG STEVENS

  • Age: 50
  • Residence: Dallas, Ga.
  • Occupation: Director of instruction at Fox Creek Golf Course and Legacy Links in Smyrna, Ga.
  • Previous majors: 2001 and ’02 PGA Championships (MC)
  • Career highlights: Won the Georgia PGA in 2001 and 2003. . . . Was the Georgia PGA player of the year in 1999 and 2001. . . . Was the 1985 Georgia PGA assistant professional of the year. . . . Won two (1985, 2000) Georgia PGA Match Play titles.

TODD CAMPLIN

  • Age: 37
  • Residence: West End, N.C.
  • College: Bradley University
  • Occupation: Head professional at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & Country Club
  • Previous majors: None
  • Career highlights: Was the Bradley University MVP in 1995 and ’96.
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