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Darrell Kestner

  • Birthplace: Welch, W.Va.
  • Residence: Glen Cove, N.Y.
  • Birth Date: 08/15/1953
  • Age: 56
  • Height: 6-0
  • Eligibility Code: 11
  • Turned Pro: 1975

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Player Notes

PGA Director of Golf at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhassett, N.Y. . . Tied for 27th in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship; was third in the 2007 Callaway Golf Senior PGA Professional National Championship; was runner-up in 2005; and tied for fifth in 2006. . .Winner, 2004 and 2005 PGA Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Award. . .Winner, 1996 PGA Professional National Championship with a record 17-under-par 271 total. . . .Finished fourth in the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship. . .Winner, 1982, '87 FootJoy PGA Assistant Professional Championship (joined by Jim Schuman in 1996, '97 and Kyle Flinton, 2002, '03, '05, as the only multiple national assistant champions) . . . One of eight PGA Professionals to make the cut in the 2005 Senior PGA Championship, finishing tied for 31st . . . 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 . . . Winner, 1996 PGA 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. . . Winner, 1994-95 New York State Open; 1981, 83, 94 Metropolitan Open; 1994, 1995, 1997 Metropolitan PGA Section Championship...Finished runner-up in 1997 Eastern PGA Club Professional Championship... Tied for 13th at the 2003 Eastern PGA Professional Championship and tied for 32nd in 2004...Earned berth in the 2002 U.S. Open . . . Victory in 1996 PGA Professional National Championship was assured by his making a 40-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. During the Championship, 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) . . . One of three players (Bruce Zabriski and Tim Thelen are the others) to have won both a national assistant and national club professional championship. . . After missing the cut in 1997 and 1998 CPC, came back to finish tied for fifth in the 1999 National Championship . . Named Metropolitan PGA Section Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. . . Finished tied for 61st in the 1997 Hawaiian Open. . . Has competed in nine PGA Championships and eight U.S. Opens . . . Made the cut in the 2004 U.S. Senior Open. . .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.

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