Former Hawkeye Qualifies For PGA Championship

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa men’s golfer Sean McCarty qualified for the 100th PGA Championship by virtue of his second place finish Wednesday at the PGA Professional Championship. The 72-hole tournament was held at the Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California.
McCarty, who lettered on the Iowa men’s golf team from 1992-95, fired a 4-under-par 68 in the final round to finish the tournament at 3-under par (285), which was two strokes behind medalist Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Nebraska.
McCarty’s performance earned the head golf pro at Brown Deer Golf Club a berth to the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Aug. 9-12. McCarty will be making his second appearance in a major PGA tournament, previously playing at the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields, Illinois.
As a Hawkeye, McCarty helped Iowa to the Big Ten championship as a freshman in 1992, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades. He was also a two-time All-Big Ten honoree and was an All-American in 1995. The native of West Branch, Iowa, was the first men’s golf student-athlete to be inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
Also competing in the PGA Professional Championship was former Hawkeye player and assistant coach Jeff Schmid, who tied for 63rd with a 10-over-par (298).