Darrell Kestner, the PGA head professional at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, N.Y., closed with a 2-over-par 74 Sunday to finish at 6-over, lowest among the eight PGA Professionals who made the cut at the 66th Senior PGA Championship.
A relatively easy sand wedge approach to the 18th green at Laurel Valley turned into a shocking score of 10-over 15 for Champions Tour veteran Joe Inman, who deposited five balls into the pond that fronts the green.
After a hot start Saturday, Jerry Pate soon cooled off in the third round of the Senior PGA Championship. After birdieing his first hole, Pate fell to 5-under and into a tie for the lead with Mike Reid and Dana Quigley before play was suspended.
Darrell Kestner, the PGA head professional at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, N.Y., improved his score for the third straight day at Laurel Valley, carding an impressive 1-under-par 71 Saturday in very difficult conditions.
With Laurel Valley bearing its teeth Friday, only 12 players headed into the weekend at the 66th Senior PGA Championship under par, led by former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate, who rallied for a 68 to grab the lead at 6-under par.
Mike San Filippo, of Hobe Sound, Fla., shot 1-under 71 Friday to easily make the cut, which fell at 6-over 150, at the 66th Senior PGA Championship. In all, nine PGA Club Professionals earned the right to play on the weekend at Laurel Valley.
Champions Tour veteran Jay Sigel awoke from a nap Monday afternoon and immediately knew something was seriously wrong. "The room was spinning and the walls were coming in," said Sigel, who was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo.
In 1965, the late Dave Marr outlasted Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper to win the PGA Championship at Laurel Valley. On Wednesday, a son honored his father's memory by sprinkling his remaining ashes over the course that changed his life.
The Senior PGA Championship continues to bring out the best in Hale Irwin. The four-time and defending champion birdied three of his final four holes for a 3-under 69 Thursday at Laurel Valley Golf Club to trail leader Graham Marsh by one shot.
The 66th Senior PGA Championship
*Winner in Sudden Death Playoff
PGA Tour: Fedex St. Jude Classic
Jan. 19-22, 1984
Under ideal conditions at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Arnold Palmer fires a course- and tournament-record 9-under 63 in the second round to claim his second Senior PGA Championship in four years.
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See the sights of the Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club.
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