Three section members - Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford, Stu Ingraham of MGolf, and Mark Sheftic of Merion - competed in the 2010 PGA and would love to get another ticket at the end of the PNC.
"I don't go out with any expectations," said the 39-year-old Steinmetz, of Gilbertsville. "I just go out and play and have a good time. This is probably the toughest time of the year for a club pro, especially in this region. But it is what it is and you try to make the best of it."
Ingraham, 51, of Broomall, who finished 72 holes in last month's PGA Seniors Championship, said it's still a thrill to participate with his fellow club pros. He isn't too worried about the PNC's spot on the schedule.
"You've just got to go do your job and not worry too much about it," he said. "It's not like you're going in January to play a tournament where you haven't played for three months. In June, most golfers have played in the last few months."
Sheftic, 36, of Blue Bell, has a brief but interesting history in the PNC, having finished second and third the last two years - the only two times he has played in the event.
"You try to play when you can, practice when you can," Sheftic said of his preparation. "The good thing with the club pro is you have a couple of practice rounds and you can work on your game. You get amped up for just being out there. It gives you a little extra."
Other Philadelphia section members in the field are John DiMarco of Cherry Hill; Rob Shuey of Shippensburg; Terry Hertzog of Lititz; Bill Sautter of Ocean City, N.J.; Cleve Coldwater of Clarks Summit; Greg Farrow of Westampton, N.J.; John Appleget of Dorothy, N.J.; David McNabb of Newark, Del.; John Allen of Media; John Spina of Schwenksville; and Bill Walker of Riverton, N.J.