Saturday, March 17, 2012
PGA National coming to Monterey in June. Blackhorse and Bayonet to challenge the Pros who qualified. David Hutsell is defending champ.
David Hutsell was able to get in one practice round Sunday on the Black Horse layout before the fickle February weather on the Monterey Peninsula played through Monday morning. Temperatures plateaued in the high 40s, while steady wind and rain dampened play on a complex ranked No. 21 by Golf Digest in its 2012 roster of "America's Toughest Golf Courses." Of the top 25 courses in the list, Bayonet and Black Horse are one of eight sites never to have hosted a major championship.
"We have our major coming up in June, though," said Hutsell. "We are facing two very challenging courses. The green complexes on Black Horse, I found, are somewhat severe, and you have to keep the ball below the hole. I will be coming back three days ahead of the Championship trying to get adjusted to both courses."Bayonet Golf Course features an uphill, dogleg right, 476-yard, par-4 ninth hole that exemplifies the course's significant challenge following the Bates' redesign, which included new Jacklin T1 bentgrass throughout both courses. Black Horse presents players with the challenging par-3 15th, which was created in its renovation and overlooks the bay to fit into one of the premier holes on the Monterey Peninsula. Golfweek named Bayonet and Black Horse to its roster of "Best New Courses of 2009" in the highly competitive renovation category.
Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses, a pair of challenging venues that overlook California's famed Monterey Peninsula, have been selected to host the 45th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car and Mercedes-Benz, June 24-27, 2012. It will mark the 11th time that The PGA of America's showcase event for PGA Professionals will be contested in California, and first since 1996.
Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses, named in honor of two U.S. Army divisions, occupy property that was once part of the former Fort Ord military base near Seaside, Calif. The courses earned national recognition in 2010 when they hosted the Second Stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School and a U.S. Open qualifying event.