Lardon joins PGA Cup team

Lardon gains membership on PGA Cup teamLardon gains membership on PGA Cup team

Defending STPGA Professional Champonship winner Brad Lardon gained a special honor when he earned membership on the United States’ 2011 United States’ PGA Cup team that will face a team of Great Britain & Ireland golf professionals in the PGA Cup Matches, which will take place Sept. 16-18 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

"I've never gotten to represent the country as a player, and that's pretty exciting," said Lardon. "I was super ecstatic to find out I'd made the team. It's been a goal of mine ever since I became eligible."

"Tim Thelen always told me how great it is," added Lardon. "He told me it would be the best golfing experience I'd ever have. I can't wait." 

Thelen made the team four times in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Competition for membership on the United States’ 25th PGA Cup team featured a two-year points race for PGA of America members who competed in the 2010 and 2011 PGA Professional National Championships and the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Leading the U.S. team and making his PGA Cup debut is reigning national Champion David Hutsell, 40, of The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Md. He won the 44th PGA Professional National Championship at Pennsylvania’s Hershey Country Club in June.

The remaining members of the U.S. team are Danny Balin of Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., Faber Jamerson of Falling River Country Club in Appomattox, Va.; Marty Jertson, a senior design engineer for PING Golf in Phoenix, Ariz.: Scott Erdmann of Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore.; Sonny Skinner of River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga.; Rob McClellan of Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa.; Mark Sheftic of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.; and Mike Small, the head men's golf coach at the University of Illinois.

The PGA Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that originated in 1973, brings together the finest PGA club professionals in the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland. The United States owns a 16-5-3 advantage in the PGA Cup, and has never been defeated on home soil. The U.S. retained possession of the competition’s Llandudno International Trophy, awarded to the winning team, with a 17-1/2 to 8-1/2 victory in September 2009 at The Carrick in Loch Lomond, Scotland.

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