Perry goes for national title repeat this week at Dunes

pga-perryPGA Professional National Champion Rod Perry was named the PGA Professional Player of the Year for the second year in a row in Friday night’s awards ceremony at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach.

Perry, who received his first PGA Professional Player of the Year Award last year in Sunriver, Oregon, went out four days later and won the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship tournament title.

Perry hopes to make it another sweep of the circuit’s top awards when he tees off in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship on Sunday. More than 300 PGA pros will compete in the four-day event at The Dunes Club and Grande Dunes.

“No two days in golf are alike and I have to prove myself every day. That is the nature of the game,” said Perry, 40, the PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, Florida.

“It’s an honor to once again win this award and to know that I have the support of a great home club, a great staff and a wonderful family. Because of that support group, it allows me to compete for this honor and in great events through the year.”

Perry won’t have to look very far for some stiff competition to winning this year’s crown. He is grouped with three-time National Champion Mike Small of Champaign, Ill.; and New York’s Matt Dobyns, who won the 2012 National Championship and is the only member of the field who competed in last week’s U.S. Open.

The Perry/Small/Dobyns threesome tee off at Grande Dunes Resort Club Sunday at 7:50 a.m. on the 10th Tee, and Monday at 1:05 p.m. on the 1st Tee of The Dunes Club.

Photo courtesy of PGA

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