Former Stillwater Golfer Beach Earns Top Honors at PGA Professional, Spot in PGA Championship Field
May 3, 2019
BLUFFTON, S.C. – Alex Beach, a Stillwater native, carded a final-round 69 Wednesday to earn medalist honors as one of 20 PGA professionals to qualify for the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black later this month.
An assistant professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., Beach opened with a round of 67 Sunday and followed it with a round of 68 during the second round Monday. Despite a round of 73 during the third round, Beach played his final nine holes at 1-under par to earn a two-stroke victory over Danny Balin, to earn a spot in the second major of the PGA Tour season May 16-19.
Beach played high school golf at Stillwater High School, graduating in 2007 before playing his collegiate golf at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Craig Brischke, a professional at Tanners Brook Golf Club, led a group of eight players from the Minnesota Section during the week, opening with a round of even par 72, but Brischke would miss the final-round cut following rounds of 74 and 78, respectively.
2019 PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
THE BELFAIR GOLF CLUB
7,111 YARDS, PAR 72
1. Alex Beach, Westchester CC, 67-68-73-69—277
2. Danny Balin, Fresh Meadow CC, 70-66-72-71—279
3. Stuart Deane, Texas Star GC, 72-68-73-70—283
T4. Jason Caron, Mill River GC, 73-71-71-70—285
T4. Ben Cook, Yankee Springs GC, 69-73-72-71—285
T6. Rich Berberian Jr., Vesper CC, 72-70-72-72—286
T6. Rod Perry, Crane Lakes G&CC, 68-74-72-72—286
T8. Jeffrey Schmid, Brown Deer GC, 75-72-73-67—287
T8. Marty Jertson, Ping Golf, 70-75-73-69—287
T8. Casey Russell, Golfcrest CC, 76-69-72-70—287
T8. Brian Mackey, Hollow Brook GC, 73-68-75-71—287
T8. Ryan Vermeer, Happy Hollow Club, 70-76-69-72—287
T8. Rob Labritz, GlenArbor GC, 71-72-71-73—287
MC. CRAIG BRISCHKE, TANNERS BROOK GC, 72-74-78—224 (missed final round cut)
MC. BRENT SNYDER, TROY BURNE GC, 78-75—153
MC. JEFF SORENSON, THE MINIKAHDA CLUB, 75-78—153
MC. DON BERRY, EDINBURGH USA, 72-81—153
MC. JEFF KRINGEN, SPRING HILL GC, 74-81—155
MC. SCOTT MCDONALD, MINNEWASKA GC, 70-85—155
MC. MIKE BARGE, HAZELTINE NAT’L GC, 78-78—156
MC. DANNY SINKSEN, ELMWOOD PARK GC, 78-80—158
For complete tournament results go to: https://public.pgascore.net/leaderboards/lobby.cfm?eventid=5240&activeTab=leaderboard&round=4