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Stan Cooke leads Senior PGA Professional National Championship

Stan Cooke shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.The 53-year-old Cooke, the PGA general manager and director of golf at Ocala (Fla.) National, played the last 10 holes in 7 under on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course. He eagled the par-5 16th, hitting a hybrid to 15 feet, and closed with a birdie."I lit up the back nine and I managed the course well," Cooke said. "I hit a few wayward shots that I got away with. Then, the putter started clicking and I got out of the way of myself."Originally scheduled for October at Creighton Farms in Virginia, the event was postponed because of rain and flooding."It was a long time coming," Cooke said. "I don't believe much in practicing on the range. I try to play my way into being able to hit shots. So, every other day, I schedule 18 holes late in the day somewhere in Ocala trying to see different courses and different shots and visualize those shots."The top 35 i...

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