Darien’s Brian Gaffney makes cut at PGA Championship

Brian Gaffney on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(WTNH)–Darien resident Brian Gaffney will be around for the weekend at the PGA Championship in Wisconsin, making the cut at one-under (-1) through two rounds of play.

Gaffney, who works as the head pro at Quaker Ridge CC in Scarsdale, N.Y., shot an opening-round 71 (-1), and followed that up with an even-par 72 on Friday.

His score ranks him first among the 20 country club professionals in the field.

Gaffney is playing in his fourth PGA Championship. He blogged about his first day on the course for Golf.com:

“I hope the members back in Westchester (NY) are able to follow along and enjoy the event,” he wrote.

“I know when I make a birdie there are a lot of guys at their computers who will be excited. And when I make bogey, they are probably thinking, “Is it all falling apart now? ” I live and die along with them. It’s very special to have people back home to share this moment with me.”

Also competing in the event was Black Hall (Old Lyme) assistant pro Adam Rainaud. He was not projected to make the cut, at 6-over through nine holes of play as of 6:10 p.m. Friday evening.

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