Paeglow leads PGA Professional National Championship


FRENCH LICK, Ind. – David Paeglow shot a 5-under 65 on Sunday ont he Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort to take the lead during the suspended first round of the PGA Professional National Championship.

Paeglow, the head pro at Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb, Ill., eagled the par-4 eighth, hitting a gap wedge 30 feet past the hole that spun back in. He also had four birdies and a bogey in the rain-delayed round.

“This is a first for me,” said Paeglow, who failed to qualify last year after missing three straight cuts in the tournament. “I have got to keep my composure, keep hitting the shots I’ve been hitting and putt well. My goal is to stay focused.”

Forty-five of the 312 players were unable to complete the round because of darkness.

The final top 20 will earn spots in the PGA Championship on Aug. 12-15 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Jeff Hull and Troy Pare were tied for second. Hull, the PGA teaching pro at the University of Georgia Golf Course, shot a 67, and Pare, the head pro at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., was 3 under with a hole left – both on the Ross Course.

“I played well,” Hull said. “It gets my confidence up, but it doesn’t mean a thing.”

Paeglow and Hull set course records.

Defending champion Mike Small, Bob Gaus, Sonny Skinner, Grant Masson and Brian Thornton had 68s on the Ross Course. Small is the University of Illinois golf coach.

Rich Steinmetz, Barry Evans and Jeffrey Martin had 1-under 71s on the Pete Dye Course, the site of the final two rounds. Keith Ohr (two holes left) and Samuel Kang (three to play) also were 1 under on the Dye Course.