Windsor Golf Club pro Jason Schmuhl is headed to the PGA Professional National Championship.
Schmuhl earned a ticket to the competition at the Philadelphia Cricket Club next June with a playoff win in the section championship at the Sonoma Golf Club last weekend.
“It’s kind of a big deal because it’s the biggest tournament in our section,” he said of a competition he has won three times.
The 42-year-old Schmuhl has earned a trip to the national competition eight straight years.
Schmuhl and five other Northern California pros will join more than 300 golfers in the national contest. The top 20 golfers from that competition will earn a spot in the 97th PGA Championship in August 2015 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
If Schmuhl, the section player of the year in 2008 and 2010, cracks the top 20 in Philadelphia, he’ll be in familiar territory. He earned a berth in the PGA Championships at Whistling Straits in 2010.
“It was pretty neat,” he said. “It was a pretty good experience being treated like a pro.”
Schmuhl has played in nine PGA Tour events in his career and said it’s always the aim to punch his ticket to the PGA Championship with a win or top finish at the Professional National Championship.
“My first goal is to win it and my second goal would be top 20,” he said.
Schmuhl, a class of 1990 Analy High School graduate who played golf at Santa Rosa Junior College and the University of San Francisco before graduating from Sonoma State University, has been a pro at Windsor Golf Club for 16 years.
“These guys are your teachers and the guys at your golf courses. They are also great players,” said Nancy Maul, assistant executive director of the Northern California Section of the PGA.
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