On a day when all anyone wanted to talk about was the cold and breezy conditions at Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz., Kevin Black just wanted to chat about how much he loved playing golf.
It probably didn’t hurt that he had just posted an opening round, three-under-par 69 to lead the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada.
“I just love to play golf and especially love playing in these big national championships,” said the head professional at Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club near Calgary.
“I definitely get that nervous feeling out there on the first tee, but I think it’s great too,” he said.
Black’s first round featured five birdies and a double bogey on the par five 15th hole. The 35-year-old said his game is suited for golf courses like Verrado.
“I’m pretty solid on golf courses where most guys have troubles because I’ll hit a lot of greens,” said Black. “The fairways are pretty wide here, so I was getting it in play off the tee and I putted pretty well too.”
Lurking one shot back is Danny King, a man whose game seems suited for just about every golf course in 2015.
King captured this year’s PGA Championship of Canada at Cabot Links and most recently won the PGA Team Championship with his partner Billy Walsh.
King is also a two-time winner of the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada. Gar Hamilton, who is in the field this week, and Yvan Beauchemin hold the record for most championships at this event with four.
“It’d be awesome to get my name alongside Gar in the record books,” said King. “Gar’s always been a mentor of mine and I definitely look up to him.”
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