Golf Management alum wins PGA Professional National Championship

Alex Beach
Alex Beach poses with the Walter Hagen Cup during the Awards Ceremony for the 52nd PGA Professional Championship (Photo courtesy of PGA of America/Darren Carroll)

May 15, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Alex Beach, a 2012 graduate of the PGA Golf Management program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, captured victory at the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship held at Belfair in Bluffton, SC.

Beach is an assistant golf professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY. Rather than spending his day training for competition at the highest level in the game, Beach spends his time helping the Westchester members tune their swings for the next big club event, taking care of the merchandising operation at the club, booking tee times, being an ambassador for the game of golf as a local friendly PGA Professional. 

Beach joined over 300 golf professionals in hitting the links in one of the most exciting and competitive golf events in the sport. The PGA Professional National Championship is considered to be the pinnacle of competitive golf for those who have a primary focus on working within the golf industry. Some 29,000 men and women serve the industry as PGA Professionals running golf courses or in any number of other capacities within the industry. Many of these PGA Professionals also have a strong desire to play competitive golf and do so through the PGA of America section events.

Each of the 41 sections hosts an annual championship with the top finishers earning berths in the PGA Professional National Championship. Top finishers in these section events receive spots in the Professional National Championship. The field of 312 players comes from this elite group. The top 20 finishers in the Professional National Championship earn spots in the PGA Championship each year.

Beach finished 10 under par, besting a field of 312 players by two shots and his name was carved into the Walter Hagen Cup as the Champion of the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship. He will lead 19 other top finishers from the event to the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, May 13-19, competing against well-known golfers like of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

Brad Goetsch
Instruction Coordinator
PGA Golf Management