CHARLOTTE, NC - A year after Jimmy Walker won his first career major championship at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, one of Baltusrol’s own went down south this week to participate in the final major of the season.

Alex Beach, an assistant PGA professional at Shunpike Road’s famed 36-hole layout, shot an 8-over-par 79 (39-40) after first round play of the PGA Championship Thursday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Playing in his first career major championship, Beach went out with a 4-over-par 39 after his first nine holes.

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After his first major championship birdie on the par-5, 10th hole to move to 3-over-par for the championship, Beach finished with a four-over-par 40 on the back nine to finish in an 11-way tie for 127th place.

The 27-year-old Beach qualified for the PGA Championship after finishing inside the top 20 of the PGA Professional Championship, the premier event for PGA Professionals, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, June 18-21.

Beach, who is teamed up with Sean O’Hair and Kevin Na for the first two rounds, will tee off Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. for his second round.