PGA Pros Visit Hershey

With much less hype, there will be 312 PGA pros playing for a big prize at Hershey Country Club from June 23-26. It’s the PGA Club Professional Championship, the BIG one for club pros around the country. The prize money is good, not much compared to the big tour, but there are also 20 spots to be had for this summer’s PGA Championship in Atlanta, plus the winner gets 6 exemptions into tour events in 2012.

I attended the media day at Hershey last month, and the East course is in excellent shape and will be a tough test with its undulating greens. I spent time talking to 3-time winner Mike Small, a club pro who also coaches the golf team at U. of Illinois, this year’s Big 10 champs. You have to give it to club pros everywhere, taking care of their members, giving lessons, mentoring juniors and maintaining their pro shops. Some still find time to play some very good golf. Take a trip to Hershey in June with the entire family and watch some great golf, take in Hershey Park, and have some chocolate. Hershey is truly the sweetest place on earth.



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