SEASIDE, California – Michael Block, PGA, of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club and Brian Smock, PGA, of Coronado Golf Course will represent the Southern California PGA in the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO, to be hosted August 6-12, 2018. Block and Smock finished within the top twenty at the 51st PGA Professional Championship, contested June 17-21, 2018, on the Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, CA, that qualified them for the PGA Championship.
Michael Block, PGA, a St. Louis native, grew up a few miles from Bellerive and said, “I have had Bellerive on my calendar since it was announced on the PGA site… My high school was a mile from Bellerive. It’s been a goal of mine for I can’t tell you how long.” Bellerive will be Block’s third PGA Championship appearance, competing in 2014 at Valhalla and 2016 at Baltusrol. Block’s son Dylan, caddied for him at this year’s PGA Professional Championship, and made headlines when he saved a stroke by finding his ball lodged well under a tree. Watch the video here: https://www.pga.com/events/pgaprochamp/videos/michael-block-son-break-down-crazy-birdie-under-tree Block earned his spot at Bellerive, after coming directly from the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in New York and no practice rounds at the courses, via a nine player playoff for five spots within the top twenty. Block has competed in thirteen PGA Tour events in the last four years. Notably, Block won the PGA Professional Championship in 2014 at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC. Block, who got off to a tough start, battled back throughout his final round to claim his spot in the PGA Championship via a 9 man playoff. Block posted a birdie in his final hole of regulation to add him into the playoff, and he would ultimately birdie the 18th again to earn his exemption!
For Brian Smock, PGA, this will be his second appearance in the PGA Championship, competing in 2017 at Quail Hollow. Having once achieved a world golf ranking of 251, Smock holds nine course records, seven of which are in San Diego County alone. Smock also competed in the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open, and was once the leading money winner on the Gateway Tour with five victories. Smock came into the round at three-over and made a big push in the final round. After sinking a big up and down on 17, and carding a pivotal eagle on the 18th, he made a big jump up the leaderboard, to finish T-9 with a final round of 70.