WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Shawn Ward and Justin Bertsch, representing Hideout Golf Club in Naples, won the South Florida PGA Section’s 19th Pro-Assistant Championship on the second playoff Monday. After they tied at nine under par 99 in a 27-hole event, Ward and Bertsch outlasted Danny St. Louis and Brett McCurdy of the Breakers Rees Jones Course making birdie on #2 of the Tradition Course at The Club at Ibis in the modified alternate shot format. Ward and Bertsch split $2,488.20, while St. Louis and McCurdy, runnersup among 66 twosomes, divided $1,836.62. It was Bertsch’s second victory in this tournament. He teamed with former head professional Gene Fieger for the title in 2014 at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The field played three separate nine-hole formats: Tradition, front 9, Pinehurst, and back nine, scramble; then four-ball stroke play on the back nine of the Legends. Supporting partners were Antigua, Global Golf Sales, GolfBuddy, Golf Genius, The PGA Tour and Volvik. To view complete results click here.
On Sunday, fourteen South Florida PGA Professionals will compete in the PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA. The tournament will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. SFPGA Professionals competing include: Jared Blocker, Rod Curl, Tom Dyer, Brent Foockle, Jared Isaacs, Christopher Kaufman, Dennis Meyer, Alan Morin, John Nieporte, Paul Scaletta, Scott Smith, Aaron Sustad, Chris Trout and Michael Valicenti. We wish the best of luck to all of them. To follow their progress throughout the week, click here.
PACHECO, ROBERTS WIN SOUTH FLORIDA JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, EARN SPOTS IN NATIONAL JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
BOCA RATON (June 17, 2016) – Valeria Pacheco of Hallandale birdied the first playoff hole Friday to win the South Florida Junior PGA Championship. It was her second victory in this junior major in the last three years. Pacheco hit a pitching wedge to 9 feet and made the putt to beat Port St. Lucie resident Yurika Tanida after rain Thursday forced the championship at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club to be cut to 18 holes. They shot 2-under 70s on Wednesday. “I’m really happy,” Pacheco said. “It was frustrating because I played well yesterday (she was 4-under through 13 holes), but I was confident going into the playoff.” Jillian Bourdage of Tamarac, the defending champion, finished a shot out of the playoff with a 71. Brett Roberts of Coral Springs won the boy’s division after a 3-under 69 Wednesday. The 14-year-old scored a two-shot victory over Jordan Reeves of Lake Worth to join Pacheco in earning a spot in the 2016 national Junior PGA Championship. “This is great because this gets my name on the map for college golf,” said Roberts, who will be a ninth-grader this fall at St. Thomas Aquinas High. “This is one of my biggest wins.” The Junior PGA Championship will be Aug. 9-12 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I. Alex Dalmau of Coral Gables won the boys 12-and-under division by eight shots after a 70. Chloe Kovelesky of Boca Raton won the girls 12 and under division with a 78. For results, click here: https://sflpgajr.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/sflpgajr16/event/sflpgajr1630/contest/16/leaderboard.htm By CRAIG DOLCH Special to South Florida PGA