Two Naples golfers will play in the PGA Championship
Next week, the best golfers in the world will meet at one of the toughest courses in the country at the PGA Championship.
Two of those golfers will make the trip from Naples to Bethpage's Black Course in New York to try and win one of golf's top prizes.
Justin Bertsch, a PGA club professional from the Hideout Golf Club in Naples, and Andrew Filbert, from the Royal Poinciana Golf Club, are two of just 20 PGA club pros to qualify for the major tournament.
"To have two of us go to Bethpage and represent our section we are very proud to do it," said Bertsch.
Both Filbert and Bertsch have competed in PGA Tour events before, but neither has competed in, or even been a spectator at, a major tournament like the PGA Championship.
Both pros who are responsible for day to day operations at their respective clubs in Naples, now find themselves among some of golf's greatest.
“This is going to be a lot bigger stage. This is New York. Tiger-mania is in full affect," joked Bertsch.
However, these two aren't going just to watch the game's greats, but compete against them, and each other.
For the past two years, Filbert has won South Florida's Golfer of the Year honors, with Bertsch finishing as the runner-up both times.
Bertsch is now looking to turn the tables and take the title from his friend and colleague.
"Section Player of the Year is definitely going to be mine this year," said Bertsch.
"It’s always a friendly rivalry because we see each other yeah pretty much every tournament we play at.”
It all starts next Thursday when the PGA Championship tees off.