Section PGA Profesional Championship

Every applicant (except exempt applicants) must go through a two-stage process as follows to compete in the PGA Professional Championship.

  • Enter and compete in your Section PGA Professional Championship. See “Section Dates, Sites & Entry Fees” below for your Section’s specific information.
  • A pre-determined number of top finishers from each Section, plus exempt players, will then advance to the 2019 PGA Professional Championship scheduled to be played April 28-May 1, 2019 (Sunday through Wednesday) at Belfair (West and East courses) in Bluffton, South Carolina. An additional $100 entry fee will be required to enter the PGA Professional Championship and a separate eligibility deadline must also be met.

All members who wish to play in the 2019 PGA Professional Championship, and/or the 2019 PGA Championship (both of which will have an eligibility deadline you must meet) must first enter their respective 2018 Section PGA Professional Championship (unless exemption status applies). Providing all eligibility requirements are met, exemptions are as follows:

  • Former Champions through 1996 have a lifetime exemption. Former Champions beginning in 1997 forward are exempt into the national Championship until he/she reaches the age of 60 or for a minimum of 10 years from such victory, whichever is the later
  • Top 20 plus ties in the 2018 PGA Professional Championship
  • The 2018 Assistant PGA Professional Champion
  • 2018 Senior PGA Professional Champion
  • 2018 PGA Professional Player of the Year
  • 2018 Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year
  • All players making the cut in the 2018 PGA Championship

Exempt players have the option, but are not required, to play in their Section PGA Professional Championship provided entries are made prior to the deadline and eligibility is met.

Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to PGA Members who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be eligibly employed, in good standing and classified in one of the following active membership classifications at the time of entry and their Section’s entry deadline date. The PGA of America headquarters records must reflect this status at time of entry and as of their Section’s entry deadline date.
*MP Master Professional A-14 - Director of Instruction at a PGA Recognized Facility
A-1 - Head Professional at a PGA Recognized Golf Course A-15 - Retail
A-2 - Head Professional at a PGA Recognized Golf Range A-16 - Golf Course Architect/Builder
A-4 - Director of Golf at PGA Recognized Golf Facilities A-17 - Golf Course Superintendent
*A-5 - Past Presidents of the Association A-18 - Golf Media
A-6 - Golf Instructor at a PGA Recognized Facility A-19 - Golf Manufacturer Management
A-7 - Head Professional at a PGA Recognized Facility Under Construction A-20 - Golf Manufacture Sales Representative
A-8 - Assistant Golf Professional at a PGA Recognized Facility A-21 - Tournament Coordinator/Director for Organizations, Businesses or Associations
A-9 Employed in Professional Positions in Management, Development, Ownership Operation and/or Financing of Facilities A-22 - Rules Official
A-10 - Golf Clinician A-23 - Club Fitting/Club Repair
A-11 - Golf Administrator A-24 - PGA Members primarily employed within the golf industry who are not eligible for another Active classification
A-12 - College or University Golf Coach LMA - Life Member Active
A-13 - General Manager LMMA - Life Member Master Professional Active
  • Must not have played in more than ten (10) combined Adams Pro Tour (APT), Asian Tour, Australia/New Zealand Tour, Dakotas Tour, European Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour, European Tour, JPGA Senior Tour, JPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour (LET), Symetra Tour (LPGA), LPGA Tour, Mackenzie Tour – Canada, PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA Tour – China, PGA Tour – LatinoAmerica, SwingThought Tour, The Safari Tour, The Sunshine Tour, web.com Tour tournaments. The U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship are not included in the 10-tournament count.

PGA Tournament Corporation, Inc., reserves the right to determine whether or not any player meets eligibility and to reject any player who does not meet these requirements.

The PGA member will not be eligible to participate if:

a) the member is serving a suspension from membership;
b) the member is suspended from tournament participation for National tournaments; or
c) the member is classified as Class F, Inactive, A-3, Retired Member, Life Member Century or Honorary.

To Enter

To enter your Section PGA Professional Championship, each player may enter online at PGA.org (see below) or call 800.474.2776, beginning June 6, 2018. If you enter by telephone, please ask for a confirmation number or if you enter online, please print your confirmation. A confirmation will be emailed to the current address in your membership file. American Express, MasterCard, or Visa will be accepted for payment. Please be prepared to provide the following information when entering:

  • PGA membership number;
  • Name, city and state (as you wish it to appear on starting times, scoreboard, etc.);
  • Corporation information (if applicable). If prize money is to be paid to a corporation, you must provide the name of the corporation and its federal identification number;
  • Number of (must not have played in more than ten (10) combined) Adams Pro Tour (APT), Asian Tour, Australia/New Zealand Tour, Dakotas Tour, European Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour, European Tour, JPGA Senior Tour, JPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour (LET), Symetra Tour (LPGA), LPGA Tour, Mackenzie Tour – Canada, PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA Tour – China, PGA Tour – LatinoAmerica, SwingThought Tour, The Safari Tour, The Sunshine Tour, web.com Tour tournaments. The U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship are not included in the 10-tournament count.

Section entry fee is $110 (although Sections may set additional fees to add to the purse or to cover expenses related to playing the Championship). Your Section’s specific information is as follows. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. local time on the date noted below.

Section Championship Dates Register Here / Deadline Date Site Entry Fee
Alabama-NW Florida Sept. 10-11 Sept. 5 Pensacola Country Club $250
Aloha Sept. 10-11 Aug. 29 Kapolei Golf Course $300
Carolinas Aug. 27-29 July 18 Sea Pines Resort $290
Central New York Aug. 20-21 Aug. 8 Seven Oaks Golf Club $200
Colorado Sept. 10-12 Aug. 22 TPC Colorado $250
Connecticut Oct. 1-2 Sept. 19 Tumble Brook Country Club $325
Gateway Aug. 20-21 Aug. 15 Winghaven Country Club $160
Georgia Oct. 15-16 Oct. 10 Barnsley Gardens Resort $185
Gulf States Aug. 13-14 Aug. 8 Fallen Oak $200
Illinois Aug. 27-29 Aug. 15 Stonewall Orchard Golf Club $295
Indiana Aug. 27-28 Aug. 22 The Bridgewater Club (Carmel) $220
Iowa July 23-24 July 11 Glen Oaks Country Club $260
Kentucky Sept. 17-18 Sept. 12 Kearney Hill Golf Links $195
Metropolitan Sept. 17-19 Sept. 5 Golf Club of Purchase (Sept. 17)
Old Oaks Country Club (Sept. 18)
Paramount Country Club (Sept. 19)
$225
Michigan Aug. 20-22 Aug. 8 Flint Golf Club $235
Middle Atlantic Sept. 24-26 Aug. 29 Baltimore Country Club – East & West Courses $285
Midwest Aug. 13-14 Aug. 8 Firekeeper Golf Course $200
Minnesota Aug. 27-28 Aug. 15 Woodhill Country Club $250
Nebraska July 30-31 July 25 ArborLinks $185
New England Aug. 20-22 Aug. 1 Quidnessett Country Club & Warwick Country Club $300
New Jersey Sept. 24-25 Sept. 18 Crestmont Country Club $275
North Florida July 23-24 July 18 Hammock Beach Resort – Ocean Course $230
Northeastern New York Sept. 11-12 Sept. 5 Saratoga Spa Golf $110
Northern California Aug. 27-28 Aug. 22 Lake Merced Golf Club $250
Northern Ohio Aug. 27-29 Aug. 22 Chagrin Valley Country Club $195
Northern Texas Aug. 20-21 Aug. 15 The Lakes at Castle Hills $225
Pacific Northwest Sept. 18-20 Sept. 5 Meadow Springs Country Club $350
Philadelphia Sept. 18-20 Aug. 22 Concord Country Club & Whitford Country Club $265
Rocky Mountain Aug. 28-29 Aug. 22 Huntsman Springs $225
South Central Aug. 20-21 Aug. 15 Jimmie Austin Golf Club $125
South Florida Sept. 25-27 Sept. 19 The Club at Mediterra $268
Southern California Sept. 10-12 Aug. 22 La Quinta Country Club & Rancho La Quinta Country Club $275
Southern Ohio Aug. 20-21 Aug. 15 Miami Valley Golf Club $195
Southern Texas Aug. 27-29 Aug. 22 Victoria Country Club $260
Southwest Aug. 6-8 Aug. 1 Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club – Prospector Course $275
Sun Country Aug. 13-14 Aug. 8 Twin Warriors Golf Club $210
Tennessee June 25-27 June 20 Holston Hills Country Club $325
Tri-State Aug. 20-21 Aug. 8 Sewickley Heights Golf Club $200
Utah Sept. 18-19 Sept. 12 Toana Vista Golf Course $210
Western New York Aug. 20-21 Aug. 8 Peek’N Peak Resort $140
Wisconsin Sept. 10-11 Aug. 29 The Legend at Merrill Hills $260


Presented By

Club Car | OMEGA

Click here to download the complete entry information.