PGA Apprentice Peter Skirpstas of Jacksonville Country Club is the champion of the National Car Rental Carolinas Assistant PGA Professional Championship presented by Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO conducted at Prestonwood Country Club located in Cary, NC.
Skirpstas, the low professional at the Carolinas PGA’s 2017 North and South Carolina Opens began his second round two strokes behind the leader, Ray Franz of Daniel Island Club (-4). Both players began their rounds on the hardest starting hole of the PGA Champions Tour, the Highlands Course’s number one hole. The weather conditions did not make it any easier. However, up to 10 mph winds and constant drizzle did not stop Skirpstas from firing 33-34= 67 (-5) and winning the event with a cumulative score of 137 (-7). Franz finished with a day two score of 35-35=70 (-2) and a total 138 (-6).
Skirpstas and four other Carolinas PGA Professionals qualified for the 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship to take place November 9-12 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. Those advancing along with the champion include: Ray Franz of Daniel Island Club (-6), Aaron Black of Edgewater Golf Club (-2), Savio Nazareth of Starmount Forest Country Club (-1), and Tommy Gibson of Old Town Club (E).
In addition to the five players with secured positions, four alternates for the national competition were determined.
It was an exciting finish to the event with a three-hole playoff to secure the first and second alternate positions between two Assistant Professionals from Quail Hollow Country Club, Andrew Bryce (+1) and Thomas Redding (+1). Back to the starting hole, Bryce and Redding bogeyed hole one on the Highlands course after failed up-and-down attempts. Neither hit a green in regulation, yet both were able to halve the second hole with pars. Finally, on the third hole, despite missing the green, Redding took home the first alternate spot with a par to complete the playoff. The four alternates in order of advancement include: Thomas Redding of Quail Hollow CC (+1), Andrew Bryce of Quail Hollow CC (+1), Samantha Swinehart of TPC Myrtle Beach (+1), and Brad Luebchow of Maple Chase G&CC.
As champion, Skirpstas received the champion’s crystal provided by our supporting partner Kirk &Matz and the first prize of $1,800. Good luck to Skirpstas and all our Assistant PGA Professionals competing in Port St. Lucie in November, make the Carolinas proud!
Thank you to our partners for helping put together this fun and educational event for our members. Over the course of two days our presenting partner Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO representatives John Sullivan and Clayton Garland; and two supporting partners Kirk & Matz’s Justin Matz and Oakley’s Greg Fickler and JD Mann, interacted with our players on the course and in the clubhouse. Also, thanks to Matt Massei, PGA General Manager and Larry Conner, PGA Director of Golf Operations and the rest of the staff at our host site at Prestonwood Country Club. Our players thoroughly enjoyed the pristine golf course conditions and excellent service during our time there. Our staff and participants greatly appreciated all of the hard work that was so evident during this event.
*Photos from this event are available on the CPGA Assistants Association Facebook page
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