The head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club, in Lake Success, N.Y., will be making his first U.S. Open start in his home region by virtue of being in the top 3 of the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings. Balin has played in seven PGA Championships, including the 2019 event at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., and the 2020 championship at Harding Park in San Francisco, but has failed to qualify for the weekend. Balin played his college golf at Penn State and turned professional after graduating in 2004. He spent three years as an assistant professional at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. He also spent a year as a Class A professional at Westchester (N.Y.) Country Club. From 2013 to the present, Balin has dabbled in tour golf, playing the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Last year, Balin was the runner-up to fellow Metropolitan New York-area professional Alex Beach in the PGA Professional Championship.
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