Royal Palm Beach resident Alan Morin carded a four day total of even par to finish in a tie for third at the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. That third place finish earned the assistant pro at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth a spot at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straights August 13th-16th.
Morin shot rounds of 70, 72, 72, and 68 to be one of the 20 PGA Professionals to earn a trip to the season’s final major.
“I’m very happy for how I played today,” Morin told the Palm Beach Post. “I grinded it out, and mentally hung in there all week. I tried to stay steady and not get ahead of myself. It’s a marathon. But it was a beautiful facility, a beautiful golf course. You can’t get better conditions than what we played on this week.”
This will be the sixth time that Morin will play in the PGA Championship. He previously played the tournament in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, and 20012 but has yet to make the cut in any of his appearances.
“Every time I go, that’s a goal (making the cut), but the conditions are extremely tough,” he said. “You try to learn the course, but you want to have a great time while you’re there, too. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to play in a major championship. You’ve got relatives to deal with, friends calling. I just hit 46 a couple weeks ago, so you never know if you’ll get back.”
In addition to the trip to Whistling Straights, Morin also earned a spot on the U.S. team in the PGA Cup vs Great Britain and Ireland. That event will be held in September at CordeValle in San Martin, California. He survived a field of 320 PGA Professionals that started the week all looking for one of those 20 spots.
“It’s pretty exciting, to do this against this type of field,” he said. “They’re all great players, so I regard what I did this week as quite an accomplishment.”