Appleton’s Ryan Helminen is headed to golf’s final major, the PGA Championship.
Helmimen is an Appleton East graduate and current golf pro at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenah. He won a playoff at the PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday, earning one of 20 spots awarded for the PGA Championship.
Golf’s final major is Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky.
Helminen has made it to the PGA Professional National Championship every year since 2008. His best finish prior to this year was a tie for 24th in 2011.
Helminen has been named the Wisconsin PGA player of the Year six of the past seven years.