Sean Dougherty spends a lot of his time helping others improve their golf game as head professional at Oakwood Country Club in Kansas City. But this week, Dougherty will test his game against the best players in the world as he heads to Whistling Straits for his second attempt at a PGA Championship.
Charles Frost of the Kiawah Island Club North Carolina played professionally on several tours and previously won both the South Carolina and North Carolina Open as well as the Carolinas PGA Assistant’s Championship. He’s competing in his first PGA Championship.
Brian Gaffney, head pro at Quaker Ridge, birdied the first hole of a five-man playoff to earn his berth in the PGA Championship. Gaffney is no stranger to major tournament play, having competed in the PGA Championship in 2000, 2009, and 2012.
Ryan Helminen, the PGA Teaching Professional at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenan, Wisconsin, earned his first PGA Championship berth a year ago with a T16 in the PGA Professional National Championship in Myrtle Beach. He’ll be making his second PGA Championship in his home state of Wisconsin at Whistling Straits.
Johan Kok finished in a tie for 10th at the PGA Professional National Championship, earning him his second berth in a PGA Championship. The Nashville native serves as the head professional at the Hideaway at Arrington in his home state of Tennessee.
Alan Morin of The Falls Country Club has long battled in competitive golf. Though this will be his first PGA Championship experience, Morin has one of the more decorated careers of all PGA Professionals teeing it up at Whistling Straits as he’s competed in dozens of Web.com and PGA Tour events.
Adam Rainaud, the assistant pro at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme didn’t qualify for this year’s Travelers, but he did qualify for a much more important event. Rainaud, 29, is set to make the start for the final major of the 2015 season.
Brent Snyder is one of the most active competitors for a PGA Pro that you’ll find. He states to his clients, “If Iʼm not working on your game, Iʼm probably in a tournament”. Known for his work ethic, Brent usually plays close to 30 events each year, and will be making the run at a PGA Championship this week in Wisconsin.
Bob Sowards was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. He has worked as a club pro and has played on professional tours competing in multiple PGA and Web.com events. He is competing in his first major championship this week at Whistling Straits.
Grant Sturgeon of Mamaroneck’s famous Winged Foot, winner of the 2014 Met Open and Met PGA Player of the Year, tied for third in Philadelphia to punch his ticket to the major for the second time. He also played in 2009.