Westchester CC's Beach Wins Asst. PGA Pro, Hiland CC's Berliner Ties for Third
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. – Westchester Country Club’s Alex Beach fired a 67 in the final round to win the 43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship by three strokes, finishing at 8-under 280. The national championship was conducted at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course from November 14-17.
The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. native became the first player to win multiple PGA national titles in the same year after winning the PGA Professional title in April. He’s also now the fourth to win both the Assistant PGA Professional Championship and the PGA Professional Championship, joining Darrell Kestner, Bruce Zabriski, and Tim Thelen.
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Lake Luzerne’s Scott Berliner tied for third place. The assistant professional at Hiland Park Country Club, who’s dominated the Northeastern New York PGA tournaments in recent years, fired his best round on Sunday, a 68 to finish at 2-under 286 over 72 holes.
Professionals from New York State who advanced through the two-round cut included Anthony Casalino of Cortland Manor, Connor Costello of Glen Head, Corey Layton of Bridgehampton, Daniel Molter of Port Crane, Joshua Rackley of Brookville, Mike Midgette of Plainview, ’13 NYS Men’s Amateur champion Matt Stasiak of Clarence, and Chris Trout of Mamaroneck.
A fleet of current assistant pros at Empire State clubs also made it to the weekend as well including Mike Ballo of Winged Foot Golf Club, Peter Ballo of Old Oaks Country Club, Frank Bensel of Century Country Club, and Tim Puetz of Siwanoy Country Club.