Brian Gaffney has a lot to celebrate, as the first club professional since 2011 to make the cut in the USPGA Championship

Brian Gaffney has forged a rich line of stories to tell his members and customers from behind the pro shop till and on the range next week at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York.

Gaffney was one of 20 PGA of America club professionals to qualify for the 2015 USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits via the PGA Professional National Championship – Gaffney’s fourth appearance on there PGA Championship – and he became the first club pro to make the cut since 2011.

Scores of 71-73-78-71 gave Gaffney a total of 293, five over par, and placed him 71st on the fourth-round leaderboard.

I’ve been really fortunate and this right now feels like it means a lot,” said Gaffney, 44, after his round today. “I’ve had a lot of text messages. I tried to stay off the phone and pretend like it’s not that big of a deal in my head, but it really is. It’s going to be awesome going back home and reconnecting with everybody. I’ve got some things for the kids back home and it’s going to be great.”

Story courtesy of Mercedes-Benz, the Official Car of the 2015 PGA Championship.