The 2005 Senior PGA Championship
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Darrell Kestner

Player Data
  • Birthplace: Welch, W.Va.
  • Residence: Glen Cove, N.Y.
  • Birthdate: August 14, 1953
  • Age: 51
  • Turned Pro: 1975
Player Notes

Head professional at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, N.Y. . . . Finished eighth in the 2004 Callaway Golf PGA Senior Club Professional Championship and tied for fourth in 2003. . .Winner, 1996 PGA Club Professional Championship with a record 17-under-par 271 total. CPC victory was assured by his making a 40-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. . . During 1996 CPC victory, switched to cross-handed putting style midway through first round and went on to set a Championship record for the lowest score on the first 54 holes (200) and best score on the last 54 holes (198) score, tied for highest first-round score by a winner (73), lowest second-round score (64), and lowest final-round score by a winner (67) . . . Had a banner year in 2003, winning a third Metropolitan PGA Player of the Year title, a fourth Metropolitan PGA Championship and his first New York State PGA Championship. . . .Finished 16th, one stroke out of earning conditional status in the 2003 Champions Tour Qualifying School. . . . Has three top-20 finishes in 2004 on the Champions Tour. . . .One of two players (Bruce Zabriski is the other) to win both a national assistant and national club professional championship. . . Winner, 1982, '87 FootJoy PGA Assistant Professional Championship (joined by Jim Schuman in 1999 as the only multiple national assistant champions) . . . Named Metropolitan PGA Section Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. . . Winner, 1999 Metropolitan PGA Head Professional Championship. . . .Selected by Golf Digest in 2001 as one of America's Top 50 instructors, and by GOLF Magazine as one of America's Top 100 Teachers. . . Finished tied for 61st in the 1997 Hawaiian Open. . . Winner, 1996 Head Professional Championship, Pelham, N.Y., seven PGA Tournament Series events. . . 1991, 95 Long Island Open . . . 1992, 95 Treiber Memorial Championship, 1989 PGA Stroke Play Championship, 1984 Charlie Pride Golf Fiesta (Tournament Player Series) at Albuquerque, N.M. . . Has competed in nine PGA Championships and eight U.S. Opens . . . Competed in 1981 and 1983 on the PGA Tour, recorded the most consecutive eagles on par-4 holes (2) in the 1983 Texas Open at Oak Tree, Texas . . . Has recorded two holes-in-one, both in competition, and in 1993, at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, posted the first double eagle in a PGA Championship . . . Winner, 1994-95 New York State Open; 1981, 83, 94 Metropolitan Open.

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