Three Pinehurst pros will play for 2012 PGA Championship berth

PINEHURST — The 45th PGA Professional National Championship will feature three Pinehurst Golf Professionals. Don Sweeting, Todd Camplin, and Kelly Mitchum will compete at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses at California’s famed Monterey Peninsula, June 24-27, 2012. You can catch the action on the Golf Channel, Sunday, June 24 9:30-11:30 pm, Monday, June 25 3:30-6pm, Tuesday, June 26 4-7pm, and Wednesday’s final round coverage from 4-7pm.

The PGA Professional National Championship is for Golf Club Professionals and Teachers who are members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. It has been held by the PGA of America since 1968, The PGA Professional National Championship is usually been played in late June, six to seven weeks before the PGA Championship. The Championship presents a 312-player field representing 41 PGA Sections competing at the peak of their games, and with its 20 top finishers earning a berth in the 94th PGA Championship host at Kiawah, S.C.

Camplin, the head golf professional at Pinehurst No. 7, recently competed on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage at Harbor Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., and made the field for last year’s PGA Championship in Atlanta after a top-20 finish at the PGA National Championship.

The PGA Championship was originally the leading championship organized by the whole body of professionals, both club and touring, in contrast to the other majors, which are all organized by bodies controlled by golf’s amateur establishment. Since 1968 the PGA Championship has been seen to be run mainly for the benefit of the elite of touring professionals, but unlike the other majors, it continues to reserve places for the club pros.

Note: The PGA site has been updated with tee times here. Also, beginning with play tomorrow, live scoring will be found here. Sweeting will tee off on the first hole of the Black Horse Course at 9:10 a.m. (all times Pacific). Camplin will tee off at 2 p.m. on the first hole of the Black Horse course. Mitchum will tee off at 8:50 a.m. on the 10th tee of the Black Horse course.