Danny Balin, a Rockville native turned Connecticut club golf professional, has qualified for next month’s PGA Championship.
Balin, a 30-year-old assistant pro at in Greenwich, CT, qualified by finishing in the top 20 at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, June 24-27, at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, CA. Balin finished tied for 15th with a 2-over-par 290.
Balin also competed in the 2010 and 2011 PGA championships, missing the cut both years.
Balin also didn’t play for the golf team at Penn State University, where he majored in PGA Golf Management.
However, he did play on ’s 1996 state championship soccer team and took up golf seriously relatively late in life for a professional, The Gazette reported in a 2011 profile of Balin.
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The 94th PGA Championship will be held Aug. 9-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, SC.