Coronado’s Brian Smock to Play in the 100th PGA Championship

MONTEREY, CA – June 14: Brian Smock poses for a portrait during Player Registration for the 51st PGA Professional Championship held at Bayonet Black Horse on June 14, 2018 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

For the second year in a row, Coronado’s head golf pro, Brian Smock will be teeing it up in a Major Championship. Smock was one of 20 PGA club professionals to qualify for the 100th PGA Championship (August 9-12 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO), and will once again compete alongside Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and some of the greatest golfers in the world in a Major Championship.

Competing on tour each week is the primary job of professional golfers; however, Smock is a PGA Head Professional and his job responsibilities are vastly different than a PGA Tour player. His responsibilities consist of managing an entire facility, overseeing member programs and executing player development programs, among other professional duties. Unlike PGA Tour players, Smock must make the necessary arrangements to ensure his everyday responsibilities at the Coronado Golf Course are covered, so he can compete on the international stage at Bellerive.

SEASIDE, CA – June 17: Brian Smock hits his shot on the thirteenth hole during the first round of the 51st PGA Professional Championship held at Bayonet Black Horse on June 17, 2018 in Seaside, California. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

A contingent of 20 PGA Professionals will play in the PGA Championship. Seven of the 20 PGA Club Professionals at Bellerive in August will be making their PGA Championship debuts, while six others return after playing in last year’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

Danny Balin Rockville, Md. Westchester C.C. Metropolitan 2010-13
Rich Berberian Jr. Hooksett, N.H. Vesper C.C. New England 2016-17
Michael Block Aliso Viejo, Calif. Arroyo Trabuco G.C. Southern California 2014, ’16
Matt Borchert Windermere, Fla. Isleworth C.C. North Florida None
Craig Bowden Bloomington, Ind. PGA Lifetime Member Indiana None
Matt Dobyns Glen Head, N.Y. Fresh Meadow C.C. Metropolitan 2012, ‘15-17
Jaysen Hansen Solon, Ohio Beechmont C.C. Northern Ohio 2017
Craig Hocknull Gilbert, Ariz. Saber Sports Trainer & Glenild G.C. Southwest None
Marty Jertson Phoenix, Ariz. Ping Golf, Inc. Southwest 2011-12
Zach Johnson Farmington, Utah Davis Park Golf Course Utah None
Ben Kern Abilene, Texas Diamondback G.C. Northern Texas None
Johan Kok Nashville, Tenn. Discovery Land Company Tennessee 2014-16
Sean McCarty Solon, Iowa Brown Deer G.C. Iowa None
David Muttitt Albuquerque, N.M. Los Altos Golf Course Sun Country 2013, ’16-17
Jason Schmuhl Windsor, Calif. Windsor G.C. Northern California 2010
Brian Smock Coronado, Calif. Coronado Golf Course Southern California 2017
Bob Sowards Dublin, Ohio Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club Southern Ohio 1997, 2001, ’03-04, ’11-15
Omar Uresti Austin, Texas PGA Life Member Southern Texas 2015-17
Ryan Vermeer Omaha, Neb. Happy Hollow Club Nebraska 2017
Shawn Warren Cape Elizabeth, Maine Falmouth C.C. New England None


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: