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PGA Professional Corey McAlarney Makes Two Holes-in-One on Same Day


The odds of the same person making two holes-in-one on the same day are astronomical.
67-million to 1 to be exact.
And while Edgartown Golf Club PGA Professional Corey McAlarney was just trying to lend a helping hand to his members during the 66th Annual Reading Room Golf Tournament, he ended up pulling off the near impossible.

McAlarney was stationed at the Par-3, 157-yard eighth hole during the event and was available to be used for a mulligan should a member be unhappy with their own attempt.
With a light rain falling and wind gusts of 20-25 miles per hour, the hole played upwards of 190 yards and created quite the challenge for the golfers.
With a 5-iron in hand, McAlarney put on a show. And not only did he make a pair of aces — the third & fourth of his career — he did so within three shots for members.
“I made the first hole and in one and got back to the tee box just as another group was coming up,” McAlarney recalled. “They asked if I had hit any good shots and I told them I just had a hole-in-one. They didn’t really react because I was so nonchalant about it.”
The group didn’t have to wait long to witness a hole-in-one of their own. McAlarney took a shot for a member & landed it on the green just five feet from the pin only to jar his second ace of the day just moments later. In total, the two holes-in-one came just 12 minutes apart.
“Everyone went nuts,” McAlarney said. “I called my GM after the second one and was just laughing. I could hardly tell him what happened. Then I finally said, I just made another one.”

Patriot Golf Day, PGA HOPE and Folds of Honor Come Together over Labor Day Weekend to Serve Military Families


Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled Veterans, and PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) will host Patriot Golf Day over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-7.

Beginning this year, the two organizations have joined together to expand and grow annual fundraising efforts for both Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE to better serve the needs of Veterans and their families through the game of golf. PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of the PGA of America’s 501(c)(3) foundation, PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH.

Patriot Golf Day, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and scholarship funds for the families of fallen and wounded Veterans, will take place over Labor Day Weekend to honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes.

“We are so impressed by the outpouring of support that the golf community has consistently shown for Folds of Honor over the last 13 years,” said Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, CEO and Founder of Folds of Honor and a PGA Member. “Working closer with PGA REACH, we can now offer opportunities and service that benefit both our Veterans through PGA HOPE and their families through educational scholarships funded by Folds on Patriot Golf Day. I am very proud to stand with my fellow PGA Professionals and take this next step together with PGA HOPE, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

Patriot Golf Day began as a grassroots fundraising initiative over Labor Day Weekend in 2007, with golfers nationwide encouraged to add an extra dollar to their green fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. Over the last 13 years, the effort has grown to encompass onsite donation boxes, a variety of fundraising events, tournaments and golf marathons led by PGA Professionals and golfers across America, resulting in over 28,000 scholarships to benefit Folds of Honor—in all 50 states and 41 PGA Sections. If you can’t locate a participating course near you, you can still play golf during Patriot Golf Day Weekend and donate at or Venmo @PariotGolfDay.

PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program includes a developmental six-to-eight-week curriculum, taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. In 2019, PGA HOPE programming impacted 2,500 Veterans nationwide.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the work that PGA Professionals have done through PGA HOPE, utilizing the game of golf as a form of therapy and rehabilitation for Veterans,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “By partnering with Folds of Honor on Patriot Golf Day, we can expand our footprint within the families of those we serve through golf. This partnership is a natural extension of our long-standing mission to support our nation’s heroes.”

The Patriot Golf Day campaign is led by Jack Nicklaus, who annually serves as honorary chair of the event and is also a strong supporter of PGA HOPE. Mr. Nicklaus will continue to stay involved in both causes through this new partnership.

“I never had the privilege to serve our great nation, but I am passionate and committed to any initiative that allows us to recognize, assist and support the men and women of our military, who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Nicklaus. “When we can use the game of golf as the vehicle to give back, it becomes even more meaningful to me. That’s why I feel blessed and honored to partner with great organizations like Folds of Honor and PGA REACH.”

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In 2021, Patriot Golf Day will move to Memorial Day Weekend.

Extended Reality Gaming Meets Golf: Topgolf and Rovio Entertainment Partner to Bring Angry Birds to Topgolf Venues This Fall

By Topgolf Entertainment Group

DALLAS and ESPOO, Finland, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment company, and Rovio Entertainment, creators of the Angry Birds franchise, today announced a partnership to bring gaming’s most enraged birds to select Topgolf venues this fall.

Representing a first-of-its-kind interactive golf experience with an international sports and entertainment company, the experience is aimed at delivering humor and fun for families and friends. The experience will utilize Topgolf’s exclusive Toptracer ball-tracing technology to blend the physical act of hitting a golf ball with the digital, physics-based destruction that Angry Birds delivers. Taking on a variety of light-hearted challenges, Topgolf Guests will be able to partner with much-loved Angry Birds characters Red, Chuck and Bomb to demolish virtual structures placed on the Topgolf targets.  Click here for a sneak preview of the game Guests will experience soon at select venues.

“As a company deeply-rooted in innovation, creating new and dynamic experiences is something we consistently deliver, and we know Angry Birds will be a game-changing addition to our existing gaming collection,” said Dolf Berle, Topgolf Entertainment Group Chief Executive Officer. “With the Angry Birds’ loyal fanbase, this offering is sure to deliver on an experience that makes our Guests feel like they are part of the highly acclaimed mobile game.”

Angry Birds started as a popular mobile game in 2009 and has since evolved into one of the world’s most loved entertainment brands, covering games, blockbuster movies, animated series, location-based entertainment and more. In total, Angry Birds mobile games have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times.

“This experience perfectly embodies the Angry Birds brand in terms of its accessible fun and all-round irreverence,” said Ville Heijari, CMO of Rovio Entertainment. “Added to that, what Topgolf has developed with their Toptracer technology is highly innovative and aligns with the physics-based challenges that can be discovered in Angry Birds mobile games. The resulting experience is a familiar but uniquely branded experience that we’re excited for our fans to take a swing at.”

2020 PGA Championship to Deliver Unprecedented Live Wire-to-Wire Coverage For First Time In the Event’s History



The 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, from Aug. 3-9, will deliver unprecedented live, wire-to-wire 72-hole coverage to viewers via CBS, ESPN, ESPN+ and
The 102nd PGA Championship will be the first Championship in the landmark new 11-year agreement between CBS, ESPN and the PGA of America, combining to deliver more than 170 cumulative hours of live coverage – the most in PGA Championship history – from the first tee shot to the final putt across their broadcast, cable and digital platforms.  As of today, 97 of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to compete.
This year’s Championship will be broadcast in primetime on both ESPN and CBS, with the champion being awarded the Wanamaker Trophy on CBS Sunday night, August 9. This year’s Championship on the West Coast provides an opportunity to reach a prime-time audience in the Eastern and Central Time Zones for the first time since 1998.
“This year’s PGA Championship will be unlike any of the previous 101 that have come before,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We are grateful to Gov. Newsom and the State of California, and Mayor Breed and the City and County of San Francisco – they have been terrific partners in helping us navigate the many challenges to make it possible to responsibly conduct the first Major Championship of 2020, the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, our second-straight year at a public course.
“Our hope is that watching the world’s best players compete alongside the Team of 20 PGA Professionals in the field for the first major championship of the year will lift people’s spirits and showcase what PGA Members do everyday to inspire the future of the game. It’s the perfect time to introduce the PGA Championship’s first wire-to-wire broadcast coverage with CBS and our new partner ESPN. We’re excited about what’s in store for fans on CBS, ESPN and ESPN+. While the local community cannot be with us physically onsite, we will certainly carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us next week.”
CBS Sports is set to broadcast the PGA Championship for the 30th consecutive year, as the network will showcase the 102nd PGA Championship in primetime on Saturday, Aug. 8 (4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET) and Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m.-9 p.m. ET).
CBS Sports will serve as the lead production entity producing all of the traditional 72-hole coverage for the entire Championship. CBS, working closely with ESPN, will offer a distinct and innovative presentation of the PGA Championship, while delivering the highest-quality and industry-leading production, technology and announcers.
Additionally, leading into the Championship, CBS, in conjunction with the PGA of America, will broadcast a special PGA Championship Preview on Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET), hosted by CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis. 
For more information regarding CBS Sports’ broadcast, cable and digital plans for the 102nd PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, click here.
The PGA Championship returns to ESPN for the first time in 30 years, as ESPN and ESPN+ begin a new, 11-year relationship with the Championship, and will bring viewers more options than ever before available for the event. SportsCenter will have reports from the PGA Championship for seven days beginning Monday, Aug. 3.
ESPN and ESPN+ will have a combined 12 hours of live coverage each day of the first and second rounds of the Championship on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6-7, beginning with the first tee shot each day at 10 a.m. ET.  ESPN+, the sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN, will stream live play from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each day, while live broadcast coverage will continue on ESPN from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.
Golf fans also will have expanded weekend viewing available, with five hours of morning and early afternoon play on both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9. ESPN+ will stream live play in the third round from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. ET on Saturday, with ESPN continuing from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. ET on Sunday. ESPN+ will stream final round action from 10 a.m. until noon ET, followed by three hours on ESPN from noon until 3 p.m. ET. Saturday and Sunday start times will be dependent upon tee times and the cut size. In addition, ESPN+ will offer fans exclusive Featured Group coverage on all four days, as well as Featured Hole coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information regarding ESPN’s digital and television plans, click here.
PGACHAMPIONSHIP.COM COVERAGE will take a comprehensive approach with highlights and coverage that brings to life the passion and excitement of the 2020 PGA Championship. With this being the first-ever spectator less major in history, fans will have the feel of what it is like to be at TPC Harding Park, with an all-access pass to virtually experience the PGA Championship through technology and social engagement.
The user experience will be robust and state-of-the-art, as the recently redesigned showcases the greatest players in the world throughout their journey to win a major Championship.
The website and apps will present comprehensive live coverage, with engaging content for all golf and sports fans including: LIVE scoring and leaderboard updates, PGA Championship LIVE on the Range, a LIVE Minute-by-Minute blog that recaps and highlights breaking news and player updates from the course, more than 1,000 automated video shot-by-shot recaps of play from throughout the field, wall-to-wall social media highlights and coverage, and a new virtual Media Hub for credentialed media.
And in parallel, will offer a complementary mix of content and features to showcase the journey and experience of the Team of 20 PGA Members playing in a Major Championship, along with a menu of Coaching content that is designed to help golfers of all skill levels improve their own golf journey and relationship with the game.
Below is the Comprehensive Television and Digital Schedule for Coverage of the
2020 PGA Championship across ESPN, ESPN+ and CBS:
Saturday, Aug. 1
PGA Championship Preview: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. ET, CBS
Thursday, Aug. 6 — 1st Round    
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Friday, Aug. 7 — 2nd Round
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Saturday, Aug. 8 — 3rd Round
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET, CBS
Sunday, Aug. 9 — Final Round
10 a.m. – Noon ET, ESPN+
Noon – 3 p.m. ET, ESPN
3 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET, CBS
Many of golf’s greatest champions, from Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan, to Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, have had their names inscribed on the famed Wanamaker Trophy, one of the most iconic trophies in sports.
Seven of the past 10 winners of the PGA Championship went on to become No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Koepka, who won his second consecutive PGA Championship in May 2019 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. The two-time defending PGA Champion will use the season’s initial major championship to bid for history, as he’ll seek to become the first player to win the same major three consecutive times since Australia’s Peter Thomson claimed three straight Open Championships from 1954-’56.

Cativa CBD Athlete Michael Thompson Wins 3M Open on PGA Tour

By Cativa CBD

Pro golfer surpasses competition in Minnesota for first Tour victory since 2013

BLAINE, Minn.July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Cativa Health (“Cativa CBD”), a science-based cannabidiol (CBD) brand set to revolutionize the wellness and CBD industries, would like to congratulate Cativa CBD athlete Michael Thompson on his win at the 3M Open. Thompson shot four under 67 to take victory in the tournament. This win earned Thompson guaranteed spots in the three of the next four major championships.

“Congratulations to Michael on his thrilling win at TPC Twin Cities,” says Luisa Worrell, chief operating officer at Cativa CBD. “We love having him represent the brand as a successful player. He is a prime example of how to responsibly use CBD to keep his body and mind ready for the sport.”

Thompson is also participating in the Cativa CBD Challenge to win a share of over $160,000 in prize money through his partnership with the brand. He is currently standing in first place with 1,435,444 points. Throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 season and through the 2020-2021 season, players will earn points based on their Cativa CBD logo placement and PGA Tour winnings to earn their share of prize money.

“I truly value Cativa CBD’s partnership and support,” says Thompson. “Their THC-free products are essential in keeping me physically and mentally ready for play and aide in my recovery after back-to-back long days on course.”

Cativa CBD is known to be on the cutting edge of CBD science as the brand partners with leading scientific institutions, including Princeton University and the Zeeh Pharmaceutical Station of the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. This allows Cativa to utilize technologies and formulations not found with other brands. The company’s access to exclusive intellectual property is directly linked to the creation and manufacturing of its products.

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Birdies for St. Jude fundraiser unites World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational fans, PGA TOUR athletes to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


StMEMPHIS, Tenn.July 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Birdies for St. Jude, launching today, will give fans a unique interactive opportunity to engage with PGA TOUR athletes when the world’s best golfers descend on MemphisJuly 30 – August 2, for the 2020 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. With this virtual front row to the tournament action, participants from around the world can team up with their favorite participating golfer to make a one-time donation or commit to a pledge for each birdie carded by that player during the tournament, all benefiting the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the sole charitable beneficiary of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, announced Birdies for St. Jude as a fun and exciting opportunity to bring the action directly to fans across the globe. Participating PGA TOUR pros will be featured on a leaderboard throughout the tournament, while fans virtually engage in the real-time excitement to support the kids at St. Jude.

“We are so thankful for the decades of support from the PGA TOUR, our partners at FedEx and golf fans around the world who support our life-saving mission,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The golf community stands with us all year long supporting our life-saving work. This year, we’re asking fans to participate virtually, by engaging in the Birdies for St. Jude campaign, as an important way to help raise funds and awareness so the world can witness how kindness and compassion from our partners, the athletes and fans creates such a meaningful and lasting impact on the kids at St. Jude.”

Patient art is an important feature of the tournament as it displays not only the talent of St. Jude kids, but also that art is a key component of the treatment and care at St. Jude. In 2019, patient art was featured on caddie bibs and FedEx collaborated with FootJoy® and St. Jude to create and deliver a special pair of shoes for Justin Thomas, including a design by patient Bailey. For 2020, art will play an even bigger role. Several patients’ works of art will be prominent on caddie bibs and others featured by athletes and then as charity auction items through Birdies for St. Jude during the tournament. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Many St. Jude patients, including those who have provided their artwork this year, are at the heart of what makes the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational so special. Their strength and inspirational stories always make an impact on PGA TOUR pros and fans alike. For example, resident competitive golfers, Dakota, 14, and Ally, 17, hope to become professional golfers one day. Earlier this year, Dakota carded his first career hole-in-one while still in treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He recently completed treatment and returns for ongoing checkups. Ally, a strong competitor and inspiration on her high school golf team, is now out of treatment after a diagnosis of medulloblastoma, a rare brain tumor.

St. Jude patient Caleb, 11, is a fan of professional wrestling and is currently in treatment for ALL. Nate, 10, is now out of treatment for medulloblastoma and spends his time focusing on his favorite sports, golf, video games and basketball. Feature stories on St. Jude patients and their participation in the tournament are available on St. Jude Inspire.

Donor support during the World Golf Championships-St. Jude Invitational helps St. Jude continue its lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. The global awareness opportunity during the WGC-FESJI is important because St. Jude freely shares its groundbreaking discoveries, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children around the world. St. Jude will not stop until no child dies from cancer.

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USGA Receives World’s Largest Collection of Golf-Themed Comic Books


LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (July 22, 2020) – The USGA Golf Museum has expanded its world-leading golf library and artifact collection thanks to a recent donation of more than 560 golf-themed comic books. The continued effort to preserve the stories and images of how golf has been played and portrayed through time is part of the association’s mission to champion and advance the game.

The collection, which is the most significant of its kind in the world, contains comics dating to the 1930s that feature golf on the cover. A selection of the covers has been digitized and can be found on

Indiana-based collectors Charlie and Sara Haviza spent more than 30 years amassing the unique collection while becoming the world’s leading authorities on the topic. The couple, who are longtime USGA Members, donated the collection to the USGA Golf Museum this spring.

Most notably, the collection includes:

– New Funnies No. 108 from 1946, the first golf cover by Walter Lantz, one of the iconic comic artists of the 20th century

– Boy Comics No. 23, a World War II era comic featuring Crimebuster, a boy superhero (1945)

– Mickey Mouse Magazine No. 9 (1934)

– Examples of every known golf cover featuring cat and mouse characters Tom and Jerry

The comics in the collection closely reflect the periods in American history in which they were published, and the evolution of individual characters over time likewise mirrors changes in society and its values. More specifically, the covers provide important perspectives on the perception of golf at the time and its role within communities.

“Beginning with the golf boom of the late 1800s, golf was featured in just about every form of artistic and cultural expression, including music, theater, film, art and literature,” said Rand Jerris, senior managing director of Public Services for the USGA. “Collections such as this provide alternative methods of storytelling that create important pathways for more people to be exposed to golf.”

The donation greatly enhances the more than 200 golf-themed comic books the USGA already held in its library collection.

The USGA Golf Museum is located on the campus of the USGA’s headquarters in Liberty Corner, N.J., with an extensive digital catalog that can be found at The commitment to the preservation and celebration of golf history is part of the association’s mission and is funded in large part by revenue generated from the U.S. Open.

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“PGA HOPE: Helping Our Patriots Everywhere” to Air on CBS on Saturday, July 25


Military Veterans with physical challenges, and PGA Professionals passionate about developing golf programming for our nation’s heroes will be featured in a nationwide, one-hour special on CBS Television network, “PGA HOPE: Helping Our Patriots Everywhere,” airing on Saturday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. ET. The program will be hosted by CBS Sports’ James Brown, and includes a guest appearance and introduction from six-time major champion and United States Marine Corps Veteran Lee Trevino.


PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The national program introduces golf to military Veterans with service-related disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Each year, PGA HOPE helps thousands of Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game provides.
“Golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans, and it’s fantastic that we have an opportunity to showcase these remarkable and inspirational stories to a national audience through our partnership with CBS Sports,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley.
Headlining the segments are Veterans who participated at the 2019 PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week at Congressional Country Club and are now serving as PGA HOPE Ambassadors in their respective PGA Sections. They include: Josh Swindle (PGA HOPE Ambassador for the Carolinas PGA Section); Janus “Jae Pea” Persaud (Metropolitan PGA Section); Mary Anderson-Kokell (South Florida PGA Section); Randy Shack (Northern Texas PGA Section); and William Stockholm (Northern California PGA Section).
In addition, Judy Alvarez, PGA/LPGA, South Florida PGA Section Member, PGA HOPE National Trainer and 2019 Patriot Award recipient is showcased. She conducts training seminars for PGA Members on teaching the game to military Veterans. The simulated training sessions are designed to ensure that all PGA HOPE sessions offer a safe environment for Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges. This includes making sure they are comfortable using adaptive equipment, especially for Veterans who have endured Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), amputation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and more.
The special highlights the North Florida PGA Section, which found a fitting way to honor the memory of the 2018 Patriot Award recipient Ken Juhn, PGA. The Section has renamed its Veterans program the Ken Juhn Tampa Bay PGA HOPE Chapter. Juhn, a PGA Member for 34 years, passed away on July 20, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Also featured is 2017 Patriot Award recipient Kevin McKinley, PGA of the Michigan PGA Section. Since the inception of the Folds of Honor Foundation, McKinley has been instrumental in fundraising efforts at Treetops Resort for Patriot Golf Day, which will be celebrated once again over Labor Day Weekend.
Swindle, a U.S. Army Veteran who spent years coping with a life-changing injury, started with PGA HOPE in 2016. He earned a spot on the 2017 PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup team in North Carolina and is now a PGA HOPE Ambassador, helping other Veterans find passion and purpose for the game.
Persaud, a PGA HOPE Ambassador, served as a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant. He began with PGA HOPE in 2016, and has been involved in his Section’s PGA HOPE Programming. He also competed on the Metropolitan PGA Section’s 2018 PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup Team.
Anderson-Kokell will share her inspiring story of helping the PGA HOPE program grow in South Florida through Veteran recruitment at both The Honda Classic and a local VA Hospital. She also played a key role in growing female Veteran participation. Anderson-Kokell received several honors as a U.S. Army Specialist, including the National Service Award, Outstanding Trainee Award and Good Conduct Medal.
Shack, who served as an U.S. Army Corporal, was named as a PGA HOPE Ambassador for the Northern Texas PGA Section last year. He is featured for his inspiring story of using PGA HOPE for rehabilitation. Shack was honored with the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Campaign Star AR, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
PGA HOPE Ambassador Stockholm is a mentor to other Veterans, using PGA HOPE Play Days to foster camaraderie among them. As a U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, Stockholm received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3-Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2-Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
CBS Sports, ESPN and ESPN+ will also broadcast the 2020 PGA Championship from Harding Park in San Francisco, Aug. 6-9.

Meet the Team of 20 Competing at the 2020 PGA Championship – Part I


The 2020 PGA Championship is fast approaching and the ‘Team of 20’ PGA Professionals competing will be looking to make their mark at TPC Harding Park.
The 2020 PGA Professional Championship — which had been scheduled for July 19-22 at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas — was canceled on June 29 due to COVID-19. That meant the top 20 on the 2019 PGA Player of the Year list were eligible for the 2020 PGA Championship.
We’ll be taking a look at the ‘Team of 20’ over the next few weeks leading into the championship. Here are five of the PGA Professionals who will be teeing it up at TPC Harding Park, August 6-9.
Michael Auterson

Club/Facility: Hickory Woods Golf Course, Loveland, Ohio
Southern Ohio PGA Section
Auterson will be making his debut in the PGA Championship. The winner of the 2018 Southern Ohio PGA Professional Championship and Southwest Chapter Stroke Play Championship, he finished 12th in the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year Standings presented by Omega.
Danny Balin

Club/Facility: Fresh Meadow Country Club, Lake Success, New York
Metropolitan PGA Section
Balin will be playing in his seventh PGA Championship since 2010 and will also play in the 120th U.S. Open Championship after being granted an exemption from the USGA for finishing in the top-three spots in the 2019 Professional Player of the Year standings. He finished runner up at the 2019 PGA Professional Championship.
Alex Beach

Club/Facility: Westchester Country Club, Rye, New York
Metropolitan PGA Section
Beach will be appearing in his third-straight PGA Championship after winning the 2019 PGA Professional Championship. He was just the second left-hander and second PGA Golf Management University Program alum to capture the national title. Beach’s 2019 also featured being a member of the victorious U.S. PGA Cup Team and a win at the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, where he became the first PGA Member to win both the PPC and Assistant PPC in the same calendar year.
Rich Berberian, Jr.

Club/Facility: Vesper Country Club, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
New England PGA Section
Berberian will be playing in his fifth-straight PGA Championship, the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. He is one of six PGA Professional Champions whose father was a PGA Professional. His father, PGA Life Member Richard Berberian, Sr., competed in the 1988 & 1990 PGA Professional Championships and five Senior PGA Professional Championships. Berberian is a two time (2016, ’17) PGA Professional Player of the Year.
Justin Bertsch

Club/Facility: Club Pelican Bay, Naples, Florida
South Florida PGA Section
Bertsch earned a spot in his second-straight PGA Championship by finishing fifth in the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings presented by OMEGA. He earned Southwest Florida Chapter PGA Player of the Year honors in 2018