Ping engineer, Marty Jertson, will take a break from designing golf clubs next week when he tees it up on the PGA Tour at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. A Class A PGA member and seven-year club engineer at Ping’s Phoenix-based headquarters, Jertson won Tuesday’s PGA of America Southwest Section qualifier in Las Vegas with a 7-under 65 to gain entry into the Fall Series event.
Jertson, 30, has a lone Nationwide Tour event – the 2002 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open, where he missed the cut – under his belt, but next week’s Vegas tour stop will be the first PGA Tour event of his career.
“I set a goal this year to play in a PGA Tour event,” said Jertson, who played college golf at Division II Colorado School of Mines. “I’m really looking forward to it. Usually when I attend a Tour event, I’m there to work with our staff on new equipment. For one week, I’ll be inside the ropes. It will be a great experience.”