June 26, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Former John A. Logan College and Southern Illinois University standout golfer Brian Norman will compete in his first professional major event later this summer.

Norman (JALC Class of 2003) qualified for the 96th PGA Championship Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. after placing in the top 20 at the PGA Professional National Championship held this week at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Norman turned in a four-round total of 293 (70, 75, 73, 75) to tie for 16th place overall.

A native of Henderson, Ky., Norman is now employed as a PGA pro at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas.

An All-Conference, All-Region and All-American performer at Logan, Norman was inducted into the JALC Athletics Hall of Fame in March of 2013.

The now 31-year-old Norman won five tournaments when playing for the Volunteers and held the lowest scoring average for a single season at the time he graduated with a 72.5. He then transferred to SIUC, where he set Single-Round, 36-Hole Round, and Single Season scoring records.

“Brian set new standards for consistency in our golf program,” said JALC head coach Tom Ferris. “He had no weakness in his game and was always willing to help his teammates become better players. He was the type of player that wanted you to play your best against him because he wanted to beat you at your best.”

Ferris added that he is proud of Norman’s accomplishments this week at the qualifier and wishes him well at the PGA Championship in August.

Attempts to reach Norman Thursday proved unsuccessful.