Stuart Clark has won the 2016 National Car Rental Carolinas Assistant PGA Professional Championship held this week at River Run Country Club in Davidson, NC. Clark, a PGA apprentice and Teaching Professional at the Steve Dresser Golf Academy in Pawleys Island, SC, carded rounds of 68-74 for a 2-under par total of 142 to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Joining him in a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole were Savio Nazareth, PGA and Anthony Cordes who also finished with 142. Clark made his birdie putt on 18 while Nazareth and Cordes missed theirs, securing him the championship.
Along with his victory, Clark earns a spot in the 40th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship to be held October 27-30 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida later this year. Taking the other four available qualifying spots and joining Clark in Florida will be Savio Nazareth, PGA, Anthony Cordes, Aaron Black, and Barry Pierce, PGA. PGA Golf Club will be hosting its twenty-first consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.
The 132-man field for this year's 40th edition of the Assistant PGA Professional Championship consists of the top 4 finishers from last year's championship, if eligible, and assistants based on the average number of players in the last 5 years (using actual number of eligible players starting each Section's Championship).
The winner of the 40th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The Champion, if eligible, earns a berth in the 50th PGA Professional Championship, June 25-28, 2017 at Sunriver Resort.
The Carolinas PGA Section would like to thank the PGA Head Golf Professional at River Run Country Club, Chris Hensler, PGA and his staff for hosting a fantastic event on a course that provided a true test for the field. The CPGA also thanks supporting sponsors Kirk & Matz, Ltd. for their contributions to the event and supplying the winner's crystal trophy, and Cleveland Golf, Srixon, and XXIO for their support of the event.