Defending champion David Hutsell leads a field of 312 competitors into action on Sunday. Before that, though, the Northern California PGA Section will host a Military Family/Youth Clinic, where local youth among military families will receive expert instruction from PGA Professionals.
By The PGA of America
SEASIDE, Calif. -- The 45th PGA Professional National Championship is set to begin on Sunday at Bayonet Black Horse. A field of 312 players, representing 42 states, the District of Columbia and 41 PGA Sections will descend on the Monterey Peninsula, June 24-27. The Championship, which is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz USA and OMEGA, features a total purse of $550,000.
HUTSELL LEADS THE CHARGE: Defending Champion David Hutsell of Baltimore, Md., is joined at Bayonet Black Horse by 12 past National Champions: John Traub, Rochester Hills, Mich. (1980); Brett Upper, Scottsdale, Ariz. (1990); Steve Schneiter, Saratoga Springs, Utah (1995); Darrell Kestner, Glen Cove, N.Y. (1996); Mike Burke Jr., Towaco, N.J. (1998); Wayne DeFrancesco, Columbia, Md. (2001); Barry Evans, Charleston, W.Va. (2002); Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio (2004); Mike Small of Champaign, Ill. (2005, '09, '10), Ron Philo Jr., Amelia Island, Fla. (2006); Chip Sullivan, Troutville, Va. (2007); and Scott Hebert, Traverse City, Mich. (2008).
MILITARY FAMILY CLINIC: On Saturday, the Northern California PGA Section will host a Military Family/Youth Clinic, where local youth among military families will receive expert instruction from PGA Professionals and gain tips from defending Champion David Hutsell and 2007 Champion Chip Sullivan.
Sullivan, from Hanging Rock Golf Club in Salem, Va., where he is the PGA director of golf, and Hutsell the PGA director of instruction at Elkridge Club, will be guest presenters, while Northern California PGA Professionals will be conducting the Military Family/Youth Clinic. The Clinic will be conducted on the Bayonet Black Horse Practice Range at 3:00 p.m. PDT.
HOW LOW CAN THEY GO?: The competitive course record at the par-72 Bayonet Course is 10-under 62. It was posted by current Nationwide Tour member Andres Gonzales of Olympia, Wash., on Nov. 17, 2010, during the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School. The record on the par-72 Black Horse Course is 8-under 64. It was shot by PGA Tour star K.J. Choi of South Korea during a non-competitive round in 2010. There isn’t a competitive course record on Black Horse.
JUST HOW LONG ARE THEY?: The Bayonet Course, which will host the final two rounds, was designed by Maj. Gen. Robert B. McClure in 1954 and redesigned by Gene Bates and reopened in 2007. The par-72, 7,105-yard design, with its narrow corridors and steep bunkering, is considered one of the most difficult tests of golf on the Monterey Peninsula.
Black Horse, which will co-host the opening two rounds of play, was a 1964 design by Maj. Gen. Edwin Carnes. The 6,904-yard, par-72 layout was renovated in 1998 by Chris Gray and redesigned by Bates in 2008. It features sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and is highlighted by fescue-framed fairways, bunkers with distinctive, serrated edges and slick contoured greens.