PGA journey ends for NSA alum

Published 9:48 pm Friday, August 12, 2011

Sean Dougherty’s first time playing in the PGA Championship, or any major or PGA Tour event, came to a close in the second round of the 93rd annual championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. on Friday evening.

In one of the last groups to go out on the course, Dougherty was within reach of making the cut, the top 70 players out of the 156-pro field, until making a double-bogey six on No. 8, Dougherty’s next-to-last hole of the day. Dougherty finished with a four-over-par 74 matching his first round score.

Dougherty, a Nansemond-Suffolk alum who is the head PGA professional at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Kan., made the field as one of 20 club pros to qualify from the PGA Professional National Championship in Hershey, Pa. in June.

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Starting on the back nine, Dougherty carded two pars before making birdie on the 551-yard par-five No. 12. He birdied No. 12 in both rounds.

Dougherty finished the back nine in even par, a 35. He made bogeys on No. 2, a 512-yard par four, and the par-four No. 6, to go to six-over par. The final cut line was four-over par.

Dougherty finished tied for third out of the 20 club professionals. One club pro, Mike Small, the head men’s golf coach at the University of Illinois, made the cut.