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Fairfax golf pro Larkin Gross to compete in 2024 PGA Professional Championship

Larkin Gross (courtesy of PGA of America)

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) A local Fairfax resident and golf professional has qualified for the 2024 PGA Golf Professional Championship.

Larkin Gross, an assistant professional at Vienna’s Westwood Country Club, is among 13 mid-Atlantic golf professionals to qualify for the championship, which will be held from Saturday, April 28, to May 1 at Fields Ranch in Frisco, Texas.

The top 20 finishers in the 312-player field will advance to the 2024 PGA Championship, scheduled for May 13-19 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. There, they will face off against the world’s premier golfers at the second major championship of the year.

The PGA Professional Championship, the country’s largest all-professional tournament, represents all 41 PGA Sections of the PGA of America.

“The MAPGA is very proud of our 13 PGA Members who qualified for this year’s PGA Professional Championship,” Middle Atlantic PGA President Lynne Hunter stated in the press release. “This prestigious event gathers the finest from our 30,000 members to vie for a spot in the PGA Championship and to compete alongside top international players.”

Among those participating in the tournament will be the top 20 from last year’s championship and qualifiers from section championships.

The tournament, which offers a purse of $715,000, will conduct the first round cuts for those outside the low 90 scorers and ties after 36 holes on Monday, and again after 54 holes on Tuesday to those those outside the 70 scores and ties.

The winner will receive a $715,000 prize, and the top 20 finishers will join the Corebridge Financial Team, qualifying for the PGA Championship at Valhalla. There, they will compete against the world’s elite in one of golf’s most prestigious events.