PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
The 53-year-old Fieger, the PGA director of golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples, Fla., had a 10-under 206 total at PGA Golf Club in the event postponed in October in Virginia because of rain and flooding. The top 35 after the final round today will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25.
“I like playing on Bermuda grass and feel that it’s an advantage for me,” said Fieger, who three-putted the par-4 ninth hole for his lone bogey. “Except for the ninth hole, I was very happy with the round. I have driven the ball well and chipped pretty well, too. That’s what you have to do out here on this course and in this weather.”
Steve Parker and Frank Esposito were tied for second.
Parker shot a 67 — the best round of the day and his lowest career scores on the Wanamaker Course.
“We do play in wind there and we learn how to control the ball,” Parker said about Texas. “You work on it at the range and you have to trust yourself. I have trouble with a left-right wind just like everybody else, unless you’re a left-hander. It’s been a different wind every day, but the greens were a little softer today.”
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