Aug. 6, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - Stuart Deane is going to have plenty of UT Arlington folks in his corner when he tees it up Thursday at the PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Deane is a volunteer men's golf coach at UT Arlington and PGA teaching professional at nearby Rolling Hills Country Club. The 42-year-old Australian-turned-American qualified for the last major of 2014 after finishing third at the 47th PGA Professional National Championship in June.
"He has brought national attention to our UTA golf program," UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said. "He is one of the best golf club professionals in the US. Getting this opportunity to represent himself, his family, and our UTA golf program is a major deal.
"I'm very proud of him and I have told him that. All of these experiences just continue to grow our program. All the guys and myself will be pulling for him to have a great week."
Deane was recently featured on "The Road to the PGA Championship," a CBS Sports special featuring several competitors in the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Rees was interviewed in the program, along with current UTA golfer Cash Wilkerson and former player Wes Worster.
Deane is one of five PGA club professionals making their PGA Championship debuts at Valhalla. Deane has missed the PGA Championship by a single shot three times, including 2012 in a playoff.
"To walk off that last green and find out I'm in the PGA Championship was special," Deane told PGA.com after the PGA Professional National Championship.
Deane has won several tournaments on mini tours and local events around Dallas-Fort Worth. He tees off Thursday at 1 p.m. with Alexander Levy and David Hearn.
"I've played at every level -- Tour events, Web.com, Section stuff -- but I've never played in the ultimate, a major championship," Deane told PGA.com. "It's really cool. It kind of caps off everything you could ever want or dream of as a golfer."
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