Mike Small leads PGA Professional
SEASIDE, Calif. -- Three-time champion Mike Small shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday on the Black Horse Course to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Professional National Championship.
The 46-year-old Small, the golf coach at the University of Illinois, won the event in 2005, '09 and '10.
Paul Scaletta, a PGA assistant professional at The Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla., had a 67 at Black Horse.
Jim Estes, the PGA director of instruction at Olney (Md.) Golf Park, opened with a 4-under 68 on the Bayonet Course. Each shooting 68s at Black Horse were: Brian Gaffney, the PGA head professional at Rumson (N.J.) Country Club; Frank Bensel, a PGA assistant professional at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y.; and Matt Dobyns, PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y.
The top 20 will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Kiawah Island.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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