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Jeff Coston Captures Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship

By Molly Cooper, PGA Director of Tournament Operations

EIGHT EARN BERTH IN 44th PGA PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Tumwater, WA – Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC (Blaine, WA), winner of the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship, will lead 8 Section PGA Professionals to compete in The 44th PGA Professional National Championship, June 26 - 29, 2011, at the Hershey (Pa.) Country Club.

Coston turned in a winning total of 12-under-par 206 to capture the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Champion title. Scott Erdmann of Oswego Lake CC of (Lake Oswego, OR) was runner-up, finishing at 207. They are joined by Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC (Molalla, OR), Darek Franklin of Willamette Valley CC (Canby, OR), Ryan Malby of Village Greens GC (Kalispell, MT), Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC (Kent, WA), Mike Montgomery of Bellingham G&CC (Bellingham, WA) and Ryan Benzel of Battle Creek GC (Tulalip, WA).

Making its first appearance in Pennsylvania, the PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing The PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections. In 2011, the National Championship field will compete on the East and West Courses in Hershey, Pa., a complex that showcases some of the classic architectural designs of the early 20th century and retain the challenges demanded of today’s premier championships. The National Championship will be contested on the par-72, 6,847-yard West Course, which opened in 1930, and the par-70, 7,039-yard East Course, which opened for play in 1969. The final two rounds will be conducted on the East Course.

The PGA Professional National Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast (all four rounds) by GOLF CHANNEL. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties. The low 20 scorers in 2011 will earn berths into the 93rd PGA Championship, Aug. 8-14, 2011, at The Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga.

In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional National Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional National Championships and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period. Established in 1968, The PGA Professional National Championship roster of Champions includes past and present Tour professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, Bruce Fleisher and Bob Sowards.

The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra; Club Car; and Mercedes-Benz. GOLF CHANNEL is an exclusive media partner, and the PGA Tour is the Supporting Sponsor of PGA of America Professional Championships. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.