Television Schedule (Golf Channel):
- First Round: Sunday, June 18 (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Second Round: Monday, June 19 (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
- Third Round: Tuesday, June 20 (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
- Final Round: Wednesday, June 21 (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Sixteen MAPGA Professionals will be in Oregon this week competing at the 50th PGA Professional Championship among more than 300 of their PGA peers.
The 2017 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Omega and Mercedes-Benz will be hosted at Sunriver Resort, home to the acclaimed Crosswater Club and Meadows Course. It is the fourth visit to Oregon by the PGA of America’s showcase Professional tournament and will feature a field of 312 Professionals from all 41 Sections.
The MAPGA is lucky to have three former PGA Professional Championship winners while they were members of the Middle Atlantic Section. Wayne DeFrancesco (2001 Champion), Chip Sullivan (2007 Champion) and David Hutsell (2011 Champion) will all be in the field this week.
Both DeFrancesco and Sullivan won their respective PGA Professional Championships at Sunriver Resort, host of the this year’s competition.
All three former champions were able to share their past champion experience with PGA.com leading up to the tournament Sunday.
“I look back at the 2001 PGA Professional Championship as the single greatest playing accomplishment of my career,” said Wayne DeFrancesco. “Just about everywhere I go in the world of golf, someone remembers that I won the National Championship. I can’t emphasize enough how winning has contributed to the respect and credibility I have received not only for my playing ability, but for my teaching as well. The prospect of possibly finishing in the top 20 (to qualify for the PGA Championship) motivates me to put the time in to get my game ready each year. I have played in five PGA Championships, and I truly believe offering PGA Club Professionals the chance to play in a major championship is the greatest perk the PGA of America provides members of its Association.”
“I have so many great memories from the PGA Professional Championship,” said Chip Sullivan, 2007 Champion, “I remember getting a big hug from PGA Past President Allen Wronowski’s wife, Gail, before I hit my tee ball in the first round the year I won at Sunriver (2007). That tradition has stayed in place whenever she is present. This will be my fourth visit to this event at Sunriver. My family and I have many wonderful memories. I remember my oldest girl, Kalley, catching her first fish when we went boating one afternoon at Sunriver Resort. We all went hiking in the lava tubes, horseback riding, biking and adventuring on Mount Bachelor, to name a few. Each and every moment is a treasure, and we are forever grateful.”
“The congratulations and recognition I’ve received from friends, colleagues and even people outside the golf industry was overwhelming – and still continues to be,” said David Hutsell, 2011 Champion. “A lot of doors opened after I won the 2011 PGA Professional Championship. Of course, playing in the PGA Championship was a great experience, but traveling to Japan to compete in the Japan PGA Championship was another experience I’ll never forget. I was honored to represent the PGA of America there. However, I would have to say that representing the United States in the PGA Cup is tops in my book. Spending quality time with my fellow PGA Professional teammates, PGA Officers and our families is a treasured memory.”