Former Hawkeyes golfer, current Coralville pro qualifies for PGA Championship
It's been 15 years since Sean McCarty's last major golf moment.
The former Iowa Hawkeye will be waking up the echoes at this summer's PGA Championship.
McCarty, the longtime club professional at Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville, placed in a tie for second in this week's PGA Professional Championship in Seaside, California, to qualify for the final men's major championship of 2018 in August at Bellerive Country Club outside of St. Louis.
McCarty closed with a 4-under round of 68 at the Bayonet Course to finish at 3-under for the 72-hole event, two shots behind winner Ryan Vermeer. That placement was well inside the top 20, which is the cutoff for qualifying into the PGA Championship as a club professional.
The last time McCarty played in one of the four marquee golf tournaments of the year was in the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields Country Club near Chicago. A three-time Iowa high school state champion while at West Branch, McCarty was a member of the 1992 Big Ten Conference championship Iowa golf team, and he earned All-American status in 1995.
McCarty was one of six Iowans to qualify for the 51st edition of the club pro tournament. Fellow Brown Deer pro and Hawkeye alum Jeffrey Schmid (T-63, 10-over) made the 72-hole cut alongside Darin Fisher (The Preserve, Moravia; T-71, 15-over) and Urbandale's Chad Proehl (Sugar Creek, Waukee; 74th, 19-over).
Ryan McClintock and John Panek, both of Davenport Country Club in Pleasant Valley, failed to make the 36-hole cut.
The 100th PGA Championship will be played Aug. 9-12.