VIJAY VIEING FOR WIN IN CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT
Friday was a long, but fruitful, day for Vijay Singh. When late-afternoon rains halted Thursday’s opening round, Singh was forced to complete seven holes, beginning at 7:00 a.m., before beginning his second round at 9:50 a.m. In all, Singh’s Friday at Trump National included 25 holes, most of which were played in a sustained 20-m.p.h. wind (gusts approached 35 m.p.h.). Singh, who is making his debut in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, is at 10-under with a two-day total of 124. 60 players were not able to finish their second rounds as play was officially suspended at 8:26 p.m. due to darkness.
TWICE IS NICE
Making his KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship debut, Miguel Angel Jimenez sits in a tie for sixth place heading into the weekend following a 67-71 through the first two rounds. An eagle-2 on the par-4, 275-yard 9th and an eagle-3 on the par-5, 542-yard 18th in Friday’s second round helped the 53-year-old remain in contention, as he also carded two bogeys and a double-bogey.
AS THE WIND BLOWS
Late Friday afternoon, play was suspended due to high winds for a total of 41 minutes. Players remained in place and play resumed at 5:06 p.m.
In remembrance of the victims of the Manchester tragedy earlier this week, the PGA of America is providing black satin ribbons for players and caddies to wear for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship’s final two rounds.
Jim Estes, the 52-year-old PGA Director of Instruction from Olney (Maryland) Golf Park, currently sits in a tie for 56th place at 3-over-par. However, this week marks more than a major championship for the Germantown, Maryland resident and his caddie, Jamie Winslow. The two co-founded the Salute Military Golf Association, a nonprofit organization based at Estes’ home course that provides support and rehabilitation to wounded veterans and their families through the use of golf clinics. Volunteers from the SMGA will marshal two holes throughout this week’s Championship.
“Do I feel like there’s more pressure because I have a lot of friends coming out to support me?” Estes asked. “Yeah, a little, I’m not gonna lie, there’s definitely gonna be some anxiety there, but I’ll just do the best I can, make light of it, and have fun out there.”
IN THE KITCHENAID FAIRWAY CLUB
On Saturday, junior golfers from the PGA Junior League will swap golf clubs for aprons and spatulas in the KitchenAid Fairway Club, working with KitchenAid chefs to make creative dishes for the family. All 214 PGA Junior League teams in the Middle Atlantic PGA section are invited to attend for a day of fun.
PGA Junior League Day Schedule:
o 10 a.m.: PGA Junior League photo with the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, KitchenAid Fairway Club
o 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: Junior cooking event, KitchenAid Fairway Club