SEASIDE, Calif. — Illinois golf coach Mike Small, a three-time champion, shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday on the Black Horse Course to take a 1-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Professional National Championship.
"I took advantage of the short holes today, which was huge," said Small, who led Illinois to its fourth consecutive Big Ten title in May. "I birdied four of the short par-4s. That was the key for me. When the wedge was in my hand, I birdied those."
Paul Scaletta, a PGA assistant professional at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., had a 67 at Black Horse.
The top 20 will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Kiawah Island.