By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
The Northern Ohio Section put the PGA assistants through a grueling 36-hole tournament to determine the champion that would advance to the National Car Rental PGA Assistants Championship at the PGA Golf Club Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in October.
Competing at the Country Club of Hudson, the assistants, from throughout northern Ohio and representing golf courses, clubs and country clubs, played through the early September chill until the early evening hours on Tuesday.
When the final putt had dropped into the cup and scorecard turned in, Mark Evans of Peninsula, an assistant at Beechmont Country Club in Beachwood shot an all-time low for the event, 10-under, over the 36 holes to win the championship.
The 38-year-old Evans posted a final-round 69 to go with the 65 from the first round for a tournament total 134 and the $1,600 prize. Assistants qualifying for the tournament in October include Evans, James Troy of Elyria and Craig Burrows of Pine Hills Golf Course.
Alternates are Casey Schrader of The Pepper Pike Club, Mike Stone of Fallen Timber Fairways of Waterville and Cory Kumpf of Canton Brookside.
Local golfers included Randy Dietz of Windmill Golf Center and Mogadore finishing tied for 12th place after scoring rounds of 76-70, Jeff Camp of Hudson Country Club 25th place, Katie Jenior of Rootstown and Portage Country Club 40th place, along with Vinnie Paolozzi of Barrington Country Club in Aurora 42nd place and Matt Mabie of Stow and The Country Club in 45th place.
Dominic Antenucci, director of the Northern Ohio PGA of Aurora, thanked the golfers for competing and the sponsors, Ian Price of Cobra-Puma Golf and National Car Rental.
Next event on the calendar for the NOPGA is the Toledo Open set to tee off at Highland Meadows in Sylvania on Monday.