Series: PGA Feature
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — PGA Professional National Champion David Hutsell of Baltimore, Md., will be one of five PGA Professionals featured in the CBS Sports special “The Road to the PGA Championship,” which debuts Sunday, July 31, on CBS, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The program, featuring behind-the-scenes stories of some of the competitors in the Season’s Final Major, will be seen in four separate rebroadcasts, beginning Aug. 3, on Golf Channel.
Marking its sixth consecutive year and narrated by CBS Sports announcer Bill Macatee, “The Road to the PGA Championship” also features the 44th PGA Professional National Championship conducted in June, which was the springboard to a 20-player delegation earning berths in the 93rd PGA Championship, Aug. 8-14, at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Hutsell, the 40-year-old PGA director of instruction at The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, captured his first PGA Professional National Championship, June 29, in a three-way playoff at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club. Hutsell is the third Middle Atlantic PGA Section member to capture the National Championship and will make a second consecutive appearance in the PGA Championship.
Joining Hutsell in the PGA Championship will be four featured PGA Professionals, who each share a compelling story reflecting their career and a quest for competing at Atlanta Athletic Club.
The featured PGA Professionals include Sean Dougherty of Overland Park, Kan., a 32-year-old PGA head professional at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, who makes his major debut.
Scott Erdmann, 34, of Tigard, Ore., is the PGA assistant professional at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore. Erdmann holds dual citizenship in New Zealand and the United States, and will make his Championship debut.
Marty Jertson, 30, of Phoenix, Ariz., the senior design manager for PING who is credited for the design of the Anser forged iron, earned his PGA Championship debut.
Craig Stevens, 50, a PGA teaching professional at Steel Canyon Golf Club in Sandy Springs, Ga., makes his third PGA Championship appearance. As the only Georgia PGA Section member representative, Stevens is one of three PGA Club Professionals who also competed at Atlanta Athletic Club in the 2001 PGA Championship.
“The Road to the PGA Championship” – Golf Channel broadcast schedule (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 9:00–10:00 p.m. and 12:00–1:00 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m. and 8:00–9:00 p.m.
CBS and Golf Channel are broadcasting partners of The PGA of America. The PGA Championship is one of the most extensively broadcast golf events and will air live on CBS and TNT. The 93rd PGA Championship will be broadcast worldwide to more than 453 million households reaching 203 countries and territories.
Golf Channel features an international reach of 120 million households, 83 million of which are in the United States.
The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of golf’s four major championships.
Golf’s best professionals began competing for the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy in 1916. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Martin Kaymer.
About the PGA Championship
The 2011 PGA Championship is Aug. 8-14, 2011, at Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga. The PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf and is considered one of the largest sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf’s best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship’s coveted Wanamaker Trophy; including past champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.
About the PGA of America
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.
By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.
By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.