Balin, Labritz Headline GGP All-Pro Team
Danny Balin lines up a putt in the 2021 Long Island Open Championship.
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (January 24, 2022) -- A number of familiar Met Area names earned honors from Global Golf Post on Monday as selections to it's PGA of America All-Pro Team, with Danny Balin of Fresh Meadow and Rob Labritz of GlenArbor gaining first team nods.
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To be considered, the professional has to be classified A-1, A-4 or A-13, as GPP aims to recognize pros who perform all of the tasks working at a golf course entails and continue to play at a high level. Selections are then made by looking at finishes in key national tournaments from 2021, plus performance in section events and consideration of player of the year awards at the section level. In all, 77 players are represented.
Balin and Labritz once again had outstanding seasons across the board and competed in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. It was the eighth PGA Championship start for both players. Balin earned Met Section PGA Player of the Year honors having also won the New York State Open while Labritz won the Met Section PGA Championship and finished top-10 in the Senior PGA Proessional Championship to secure his spot in the 2022 Senior PGA Championship.
Labritz also grabbed hardware at GlenArbor, defending home turf in the Westchester Open. He kept the impressive play going through the fall and in December grabbed medalist honors in qualifying for the PGA TOUR Champions.
Jason Caron of Mill River Club and Jim Farrell of Hamlet both earned second team honors. Caron did so for making the cut at the PGA Professional Championship while Farrell logged a top-10 alongside Labritz in the Senior PGA Professional Championship.
Rounding out Met Area selections were five professionals that earned honorable mention: Inaugural WGA Senior Open Championship Presented by Lexus winner Carl Alexander of Golf Club of Purchase, Tom Cooper of The Creek, Reid Howey of Manhattan Woods, 2021 LIGA Senior Open Championship winner Darrell Kestner of Deepdale and Craig Thomas of Metropolis.