It was a tough day for the Philadelphia Section PGA pair playing in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Friday at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va.
It wasn’t much better for Gene Fieger, the former Philadelphia Section standout who’s based in Florida who got off to a great start, but couldn’t sustain it.
Applebrook Golf Club head pro Dave McNabb got on the bogey train and couldn’t get off it as he carded an 81 for an 11-over 155 total.
McNabb had eight bogeys and a double bogey before finishing with a birdie at the par-5 18th.
McNabb only got seven holes in before play in Thursday’s first round was suspended and he was 1-under at the time. He went 3-over the rest of the way for a solid 2-over 74 start.
Radnor Valley Country Club head pro George Forster carded an 83, which, combined with an opening-round 74, left him at 13-over 157.
Forster, playing in his 12th PGA Tour Champions major championship, was even-par through 13 holes when play was suspended and, like McNabb, finished up with a solid 2-over start.
But Forster couldn’t solve the Trump National layout Friday as he made a double bogey on the 18th, his ninth hole of the day, and added double bogeys at the seventh and eighth holes finishing up.
Fieger, an instructor at The Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Fla., was 3-under with four holes to play when play was halted Thursday and he got it to the house in 3-under, his 69 making him the low club pro for the opening round.
But Fieger, who finished third in the Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by GolfAdvisor and Mercedes-Benz USA at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course to earn a ticket to the KitchenAid Senior PGA, had his share of problems at Trump National during Friday’s second round.
He made eight bogeys and a double bogey against a pair of birdies for an 8-over 80. That left him at 5-over 149.
I don’t think that will make the cut, but that might be determined until Saturday morning.
Taking over the low club pro position was Mark Brown, out of the pro shop at the Tam O’Shanter Golf Club in Glen Head, N.Y. Brown added a 1-under 71 to his opening-round 74 and is at 1-over 145, which looks like it will make the cut.
Rick Schuller, out of the pro shop at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club in Chesterfield, Va., was at 2-over with eight holes to play. He had opened with an even-par 72.
As of this writing, Bernhard Langer had just made his fifth straight birdie to blow by his fellow former Masters champion Vijay Singh for the lead at 11-under. They might run out of daylight before Langer can complete his round, although I’m sure he’d like to stay out there as long as this birdie run lasts.
Langer, who opened with a 7-under 65 Thursday, is trying to break a tie with Jack Nicklaus for the most PGA Tour Champions majors. Both have eight. A victory in the KitchenAid PGA Senior Championship would also make Langer the only player to have won all five of the current designated senior majors.
Singh added a 4-under 68 to his opening-round 66 to get in the clubhouse at 10-under 134. Singh had five birdies and a bogey on his card.