The 45th PGA Professional National Championship will conclude tomorrow Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside California.
Aloha Section members Kevin Hayashi and Eric Dugas will tee it up tomorrow morning for the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship at 750a and 720a (PST) respectively.
Hayashi struggled during the first round (Sunday) with two doubles on the front nine to shoot 77, but would fire back in round two with an eagle on the par four 11th hole to finish the second round 1-under to make the cut by one stroke. During round three today Hayashi held on tight to shot 74 for a three day total (222) moving up seven spots from round two to be tied for 53rd.
Dugas remains one stroke back of Hayashi at 223 shooting (75-72-76) and has found the course as equally challenging. Dugas started off round two with a double on the first hole but would recover to shoot 36-36.
Leading the tournament is Matt Dobyn’s at 11-under (205). Coverage of the final round will be live on the Golf Channel from 0400PM – 0700PM (EST) or you can follow them on the leader board by clicking here.
Bayonet, originally designed in 1954, reopened in 2007. The par-72, 7,104-yard design, with its narrow corridors and steep bunkering, remains one of the most difficult tests of golf on the Monterey Peninsula
Bayonet Golf Course retained its classic, tree-lined character, while showcasing Bates’ elegant bunkering and graceful greens, the new Bayonet offers expanded views of the bay. Although the overall length of Bayonet has increased only 16 yards, the strategic and visual impact created by Bates’ bunkering is immeasurable.
Black Horse, a 1964 joint original design by Maj. Gen. McClure and Maj. Gen. Edwin Carnes, was redesigned by Bates in 2008.
Highlighting Bates’ elegant bunkering and graceful greens, the new Black Horse offers expanded views of the bay. Distinctively different than its previous design, Black Horse has been transformed from a series of tightly tree-lined holes to a more open, flowing and comfortable environment. Moreover, the strategic and visual impact is nonetheless developing into the ideal complement to Bayonet.
Black Horse is comprised of new tees, fairways, greens, and bunkering on each hole. It follows much of the original route, but takes several new directions, mostly notably are the 14th (par-4) and 15th (par-3). The 15th is an entirely new and repositioned par-3, already noted as being one of the signature holes on the property. Facing the bay with a wide view of the water and city as its backdrop, the hole also will play into a prevailing wind. A series of bunkers protect the right side of the green, with collection areas both left and rear.
“We removed around 1,200 trees and changed the speed of the greens as well,” said Bates. “Those are complete game-changers.”