The 48th PGA Professional National Championship kicked off today at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Whitemarsh Township. The tournament crowns the country’s top club professional and the top 20 qualify to compete in the PGA Championship against the best players in the world from the PGA Tour. The tournament runs through July 1st. You can view the field by clicking here.
Founded in 1854, The Philadelphia Cricket Club is one of the oldest clubs in the country devoted to the playing of games. Its English founders played cricket on available grounds before the club’s first golf course, St. Martins, was built in 1895 by Willie Tucker. It was expanded to 18 holes two years later. The course hosted the 1907 and 1910 U.S. Open, before the club purchased its current property. The original nine-hole St. Martins layout exists today.
Photo from PGA.com.