The first round of the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship gets underway Monday at PGA Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The field will feature nine past champions and 40 of the top 100 players from the PGA of Canada national rankings.
Brian Hutton of Burlington, Ont., who has won this national championship two of the past three years looks to join Gar Hamilton and Yvan Beauchemin as the only players to win the title three or more times.
“I spent a lot of time in Florida throughout the 1980s and, at one time, I called it home for a couple of years, so I’ve got a comfort level with the area,” said Hutton.
“I feel good with the conditions Florida golf presents, like the wind and club selections,” he added.
“If you are not used to how the wind can blow at different times of the day and the difficulty of club selection, golf can become quite tricky,” said Hutton.
The Inter-Zone Team Championship, which is comprised of four players per zone (and three scores per team counting), will also be handed out after 36-holes.
The 90-player field will be cut to the low 70 players (and ties) after completion of the second round.
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