Courtesy:  The PGA of America

KOHLER, Wis. (WFRV) — Michael O’Reilly, the PGA Head Professional at Whistling Straits since 2007, has stepped inside the ropes on Saturday at the 97th PGA Championship.

O’Reilly, 38, served as a playing marker for PGA TOUR Professional Morgan Hoffman in the lead pairing teeing off at 9:15 a.m.  Todd Wagner, Manager of Kohler Golf Academy, is serving as O’Reilly’s caddie.

O’Reilly continues the long PGA of America tradition of either a host PGA Professional or a local PGA member serving to fill a pairing for the third and fourth rounds.

The third-round pairings featured 77 players who made the 36-hole cut of 2-over-par 146.

O’Reilly previously served as a playing marker for the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits when he was paired with Scott Drummond.

A resident of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, O’Reilly has been a member of the Kohler Golf team for 19 years. He was elected as Class “A” member of the PGA of America in 2004.

In addition to his role as Head Golf Professional, O’Reilly also is a lead instructor for the Kohler Golf Academy, and serves in a leadership role for major championships hosted at Whistling Straits.