Middletown resident Mark Mccormick is currently competing as one of the 11 PGA Professionals that are representing the state of New Jersey in the 45th PGA Professional National Championship.
The PGA Professionals which are being held at the Bayonet and Black Horse Courses in California began on Sunday, June 24 and will continue until Wednesday, June 27. The Championship features a $550,000 purse and the Champion’s name will be inscribed on the coveted Walter Hagen Cup, which is enshrined at the PGA Museum of Golf in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Additionally, the top 20 PGA Professionals will qualify for the 2012 PGA Championship, the PGA Tour’s final major, which runs between August 9 and 12 at the famed Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
The Bayonet and Black Horse Courses will be used during the Championship’s first two rounds, and the Bayonet will host the final two rounds. Bayonet will play 7,105 yards and to a par of 36-36-72, while Black Horse will play to 6,904 yards to a par of 36-36-72. Following the first 36 holes of stroke play, the field will be reduced to the low 70 scorers and those tied for 70th place. Those players will compete in the final two rounds at Bayonet Course. In the event of a tie for first place upon completion of play, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff beginning on the 18th hole. If the tie remains, play continues to Hole 16, and 17, and is repeated until a winner is determined. A playoff to break the tie for the low 20 scorers will begin on Hole 10, and continue through 18, if necessary.
A field consisting of approximately 300 PGA Professionals representing all 41 PGA sections will compete at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship. Coverage of the Championship can be seen on the Golf Channel.
For more information on the NJPGA, please visit www.newjersey.pga.com.