Golf News for Wednesday, June 25, 2008 | Tournaments

Scott Hebert and 20 PGA pros earn berths in PGA Championship

LAKE OCONEE, Ga. -- PGA Professional National Champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City, Mich., a PGA head professional at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, Mich., will lead a group of 20 PGA Professionals earning berths in the 90th PGA Championship, Aug. 4-10, at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

Hebert, 39, will be competing in his second consecutive PGA Championship. He captured his first national title June 22, with a final-round 4-under-par 68 for a 12-under-par 276 total in the 41st PGA Professional National Championship at Great Waters in Lake Oconee, Ga.

The following PGA Professionals will join Hebert in the 90th PGA Championship: Sam Arnold of Cincinnati, Ohio, representing The Vineyard Golf Course in Cincinnati; Ryan Benzel of Bothell, Wash., representing Mill Creek (Wash.) Country Club; Bradley Dean of Thompsonville, Mich., representing Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville; Eric Dugas of Brewster, Mass., representing Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.; Frank Esposito Jr. of Monroe, N.J., representing Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, N.J.; Jim Estes of Germantown, Md., representing Olney (Md.) Golf Park; Kyle Flinton of Oklahoma City, Okla., representing Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City; Vince Jewell of Euless, Texas, representing Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas; Rick Leibovich of Salinas, Calif., representing Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, Calif.; Dave Long of Bowie, Md., representing The Country Club at Woodmore in Bowie; Eric Manning of Cortland, N.Y., representing Cortland (N.Y.) Country Club; Brad Martin of Portland, Ore., representing The Portland Golf Club; Jeff Martin of Warwick, R.I., representing Point Judith Country Club in Naragansett, R.I.; Curt Sanders of Wilmington, N.C., representing Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington; Alan Morin of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., representing The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla.; National Championship runner-up Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., representing River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga.; Tim Thelen of College Station, Texas, representing Traditions Golf Club at Texas A&M in Bryan, Texas; Tim Weinhart of Suwanee, Ga., representing St. Marlo Country Club in Duluth, Ga.; and Don Yrene of Scottsdale, Ariz., representing The Golf Club of Scottsdale.

The 41st PGA Professional National Championship was presented by Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra; Buick; and Club Car, and featured a total purse of $550,000.

The PGA Professional National Championship and Section Championships feature a total purse of more than $1.5 million. The PGA Tour is a Supporting Sponsor of PGA of America member championships and Golf Channel is the exclusive media partner of the PGA Professional National Championship.

How the Top 20 PGA Professionals fared in
the 41st PGA Professional National Championship

1 Scott Hebert, Traverse City, Mich. 67-71-70-68--276
2 Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga. 68-71-69-69--277
3 Kyle Flinton, Oklahoma City, Okla. 70-69-69-72--280
T-4 Ryan Benzel, Bothell, Wash. 68-75-71-67--281
T-4 Tim Thelen, College Station, Texas 73-69-70-69--281
T-6 Tim Weinhart, Suwanee, Ga. 73-67-72-70--282
T-6 Eric Dugas, Brewster, Mass. 69-72-70-71--282
T-8 Jim Estes, Germantown, Md. 73-71-71-68--283
T-8 Brad Martin, Portland, Ore. 73-69-69-72--283
T-10 David Long, Bowie, Md. 68-71-78-67--284
T-10 Jeffrey Martin, Warwick, R.I. 72-68-70-74--284
T-10 Don Yrene, Scottsdale, Ariz. 69-76-66-73--284
T-13 Curt Sanders, Wilmington, N.C. 68-73-74-70--285
T-13 Sam Arnold, Cincinnati, Ohio 71-70-72-72--285
T-15 Eric Manning, Cortland, N.Y. 70-74-70-72--286
T-15 Vince Jewell, Euless, Texas 68-73-72-73--286
T-15 Alan Morin, Lake Worth, Fla. 69-70-74-73--286
T-15 Bradley Dean, Thompsonville, Mich. 70-72-71-73--286
T-19 Rick Leibovich#, Salinas, Calif. 75-70-69-73--287
T-19 Frank Esposito Jr. ##, Monroe, N.J. 71-74-71-71--287

# - Won a playoff on first extra hole to earn a berth in the 90th PGA Championship
## - Won playoff on third extra hole to earn a berth in the 90th PGA Championship

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