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Eric Lohman leads the field at the 2013 Southern California PGA Professional Championship. Courtesy photo
Eric Lohman leads the field at the 2013 Southern California PGA Professional Championship. Courtesy photo

By Steve Breazeale

Eric Lohman, the general manager of Monarch Beach Golf Links, fired eight birdies at the Rancho La Quinta Country Club yesterday to take the first round lead of the Southern California PGA Professional Championship.

Lohman’s eight birdies led the field. He also carded two bogeys to finish with a 66 (-6). He holds a one-stroke lead over Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.

The field for the tournament is made up of 149 top club professionals from Southern California. The winner will represent the section at next year’s PGA National Professional Championship, a tournament that awards the top-20 finishers a spot in the PGA Championship, one of four major PGA Tour events.

The second round of the tournament kicked off this morning at 7 a.m. Second round results were not available at press time. Check back to www.danapointtimes.com for updates.

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