SEASIDE, Calif. – Jaysen Hansen of Solon, Ohio recorded his first ever back-to-back eagles to share the opening-round lead of the 51st PGA Professional Championship at the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, CA.
Hansen, 39, the PGA Head Professional at Beechmont Country Club in Cleveland, is making his seventh Championship appearance. He shares the lead with Brian Carroll of Crystal Lake, IL at 4-under-par 68, good for a two-stroke lead over nine players.
Hansen began his day on the back nine at Black Horse and eagled the par-5 18th hole (his ninth hole of the day) and then the No. 1 hole. He sped to 6-under through 11 holes, before cooling off with bogeys at Nos. 12 and 14.
It was Hansen’s best 18-hole performance in 14 PGA Professional Championship rounds and sparked by what he accomplished a year ago first on a national and then a global stage.
“Going back to back eagles was pretty special,” said Hansen. “I’ve never done that before. In fact, when we left and headed to 2, I said, ‘maybe I can hole one here and make it three eagles in a row and we’ll have a 59-watch going on here.’ ”
Round 1 scores for the other NOPGA pros in the field:
Craig Burrows, Strongsville, OH 77;
Casey Schrader, Chagrin Falls, OH 78;
Rob Moss, Broadview Heights, OH 78;
Jon Jones, Warren, OH 81;
David Morgan, Wellington, OH 81.
Watch the second round of the PGA Professionals Championship on Golf Channel starting Tuesday at 7p.