Matt Slowinski achieved a career highlight with a rare double eagle on the Bayonet Course. Eagles, on the other hand, are proving not rare at all so far.
By The PGA of America
SEASIDE, Calif. -- Matt Slowinski of Glen Ellyn, Ill., a 34-year-old PGA assistant professional at Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, recorded a double eagle 2 on the 518-yard, par-5 10th hole Monday morning at Bayonet Golf Course. Slowinski used a 5-iron to hole out from 205 yards.
"That shot was a career highlight," said Slowinski. "We were in the fairway and I knew I hit a good shot but we didn't hear any applause."
Slowinski only knew he had made that rare feat, known as an albatross, when a volunteer approached him as he was walking to the green.
"He asked me if that was my second shot, and I said it was," said Slowinski. "He told me it went in the hole.
"I had no clue it went in, but you would think I would have gotten some applause for that," Slowinski joked. "But it was still very special."
EAGLES NOT ENDANGERED: In one of the rarest streaks on record in a PGA Professional National Championship, eight eagles were recorded in Monday's first wave of pairings in the second round. Three eagles came at Bayonet's par-5, 518-yard No. 10 hole -- by Jim Karr of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Mike Miles of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and Kris Moe of Glen Ellen, Calif.
Kevin Hayashi of Hilo, Hawaii, eagled the 455-yard, par-4 11th hole at Black Horse, holing out from 192 yards.
Chris Wiemers of Omaha, Neb., posted an eagle on the 372-yard, par-4 15th hole at Bayonet.
Charles Frost of Pineville, N.C., and Mitch Lowe of San Francisco, eagled the 525-yard No. 1 hole at Black Horse; and Ivan Foster of Fort Wayne, Ind., eagled the 554-yard, No. 1 hole at Bayonet.
A SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS ON THE PENINSULA: A tradition continued at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship Saturday night at the popular Sardine Factory in Monterey, Calif. Past Champions, who earned the right to lift the Walter Hagen Cup in the PGA Professional showcase event, celebrated at the annual Champions' Dinner. The attendees included Chip Sullivan, Troutville, Va.; Ron Philo Jr., Amelia Island, Fla.; Mike Small, Champaign, Ill.; Brett Upper, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio; Darrell Kestner, Glen Cove, N.Y.; Barry Evans, Charleston, W.Va.; Scott Hebert, Traverse City, Mich.; defending Champion David Hutsell, Baltimore, Md.; Wayne DeFrancesco, Columbia, Md.; and Mike Burke Jr., Alpine, N.J.; and Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah.