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 BalinRockville, Md.Westchester C.C.Metropolitan2010-13
Rich Berberian Jr.Hooksett, N.H.Vesper C.C.New England2016-17
Michael BlockAliso Viejo, Calif.Arroyo Trabuco G.C.Southern California2014, ’16
Matt BorchertWindermere, Fla.Isleworth C.C.North FloridaNone
Craig BowdenBloomington, Ind.PGA Lifetime MemberIndianaNone
Matt DobynsGlen Head, N.Y.Fresh Meadow C.C.Metropolitan2012, ‘15-17
Jaysen HansenSolon, OhioBeechmont C.C.Northern Ohio2017
Craig HocknullGilbert, Ariz.Saber Sports Trainer & Glenild G.C.SouthwestNone
Marty JertsonPhoenix, Ariz.Ping Golf, Inc.Southwest2011-12
Zach JohnsonFarmington, UtahDavis Park Golf CourseUtahNone
Ben KernAbilene, TexasDiamondback G.C.Northern TexasNone
Johan KokNashville, Tenn.Discovery Land CompanyTennessee2014-16
Sean McCartySolon, IowaBrown Deer G.C.IowaNone
David MuttittAlbuquerque, N.M.Los Altos Golf CourseSun Country2013, ’16-17
Jason SchmuhlWindsor, Calif.Windsor G.C.Northern California2010
Brian SmockCoronado, Calif.Coronado Golf CourseSouthern California2017
Bob SowardsDublin, OhioKinsale Golf & Fitness ClubSouthern Ohio1997, 2001, ’03-04, ’11-15
Omar UrestiAustin, TexasPGA Life MemberSouthern Texas2015-17
Ryan VermeerOmaha, Neb.Happy Hollow ClubNebraska2017
Shawn WarrenCape Elizabeth, MaineFalmouth C.C.New EnglandNone


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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: