How PGA Professionals are doing at Quail Hollow

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How PGA Professionals are doing at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Omar Uresti arrived at Quail Hollow Club on a high, still basking in the afterglow of his victory in the 50th PGA Professional Championship in June in Sunriver, Oregon.

On Tuesday night, he was a guest at the annual PGA Champions Dinner and sat next to a childhood idol, 1966 Champion Al Geiberger.

“I was in high school when I watched Al play in the Legends of Golf at my home club, Onion Creek, in Austin (Texas),” said Uresti, “I got to know his son, Brandt, growing up. Sitting next to Al at dinner and to meet more of the PGA Champions was pretty awesome.”

Those special moments boosted Uresti’s spirits after posting a 3-over-par 74 in Thursday’s opening round of the 99th PGA Championship. Even a double bogey halfway through his round – a pulled approach shot into the creek near the 18th green (his ninth hole) – could not spoil Uresti’s day as he made his second consecutive start in the PGA Championship. His rollercoaster round featured three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

It was a tough day for the 156-player field, which averaged 74.73 as Quail Hollow dried out from rain earlier in the week. Uresti led a 20-member PGA Club Professional contingent, while Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York, and Kenny Pigman of Norco, California, each had a 76.

“I think this course, even though it’s long, it suits my eye,” said Uresti. “It is tree-lined, which helps me from swinging out of my shoes. I am swinging smoother. The greens are very firm and I do hit long irons into many holes. It is difficult to get it close.

“Overall, it was a good day. I was pleased with the way I finished. I will remember making a birdie putt of 12 feet at No. 7. It was my best putt of the day.”

Two-time PGA Professional Champion Matt Dobyns missed only two fairways, yet took 38 putts.

“We knew it was going to be hard, that pars were valuable,” said Dobyns. “I look forward to tomorrow morning and playing the back nine like it should be played.

“It’s major championship golf and when you start four-over after three holes it’s tough to deal with.”


PGA Club Professionals in the 99th PGA Championship

First-Round Results

Omar Uresti

Austin, Texas 


Kenny Pigman

Norco, Calif.


Matt Dobyns

Glen Head, N.Y.


Greg Gregory

Burleson, Texas


Brian Smock

Coronado, Calif.


David McNabb

Newark, Del. 


JJ Wood

Houston, Texas


Alex Beach

Summit, N.J.


Jamie Broce, 

Indianapolis, Ind.


Rich Berberian, Jr.

Hookset, N.H. 


Mike Small

Champaign, Ill. 


Chris Moody

Provo, Utah


Adam Rainaud

Chester, Conn.


Rod Perry

Port Orange, Fla


Ryan Vermeer

Omaha, Neb.


Paul Claxton

Claxton, Ga.


Scott Hebert

Traverse City, Mich.


Jaysen Hansen

Solon, Ohio


David Muttitt

Albuquerque, N.M.


Stuart Deane

Arlington, Texas


Below are the tee times for Round 2 of the 2017 PGA Championship for the PGA Professionals who qualified for the tournament by placing in the Top 20 of the 2017 PGA Professional Championship.

The 2017 PGA Championship is being held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina on Aug. 10-13.


PGA Professionals tee times for 2017 PGA Championship:

9:15 a.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Alex BEACH, Stillwater, MN

12:30 p.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Rich BERBERIAN, JR., Hooksett, NH

9 a.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Jamie BROCE, Speedway, IN

7:40 a.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Paul CLAXTON, Claxton, GA

12:35 p.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Stuart DEANE, Arlington, TX

7:25 a.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Matt DOBYNS, Lake Success, NY

2:20 p.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Greg GREGORY, Joshua, TX

9:20 a.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Jaysen HANSEN, Solon, OH

12:45 p.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Scott HEBERT, Traverse City, MI

12:50 p.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Dave MCNABB, Newark, DE

9:25 a.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Chris MOODY, Provo, UT

7:20 a.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • David MUTTITT, Albuquerque, NM

7:30 a.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Rod PERRY, Port Orange, FL

2:25 p.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Kenny PIGMAN, Norco, CA

12:40 p.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Adam RAINAUD, Chester, CT

7:35 a.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Mike SMALL, Champaign, IL

2:35 p.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Brian SMOCK, Coronado, CA

8 a.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • Omar URESTI, Austin, TX

2:30 p.m., Round 2, Hole 10

  • Ryan VERMEER, Omaha, NE

9:10 a.m., Round 2, Hole 1

  • JJ WOOD, Yuma, AZ