As the winter weather changes from cold to colder in the northern part of Utah the warmer weather down south seduces many a Utah PGA Professional to team up with their Assistants and compete in the Utah Section PGA Pro-Assistant Championship presented by TaylorMade Adidas Ashworth Golf. A total of 57 teams and 98 players shed their parkas and thawed out their golf clubs for this winter championship! This event has long been a part of the Utah PGA schedule and its primary purpose is to cultivate the relationship between Head Golf Professional and Assistant Golf Professional. The 2-Man Best Ball competition consisted of 2 rounds and both were played at spectacular courses!
After a short frost delay players enjoyed the warmth that St. George had to offer in Round 1 at Entrada Country Club following a riveting education meeting and breakfast put on by TaylorMade. Bret Wahl, Vice President of R&D irons/putters for TaylorMade outlined club performance breakthroughs and fitting strategies.
Round 2 was played at Sunbrook Golf Course: The Pointe/Blackrock nines. Corey Badger and assistant Tommy Sharp from the Golf Lab in Salt Lake City caught on fire with 9 birdies, almost doubling their birdie count from Round 1, to shoot a score of 63. Combined with a solid 67 at Entrada, the team total of 130 earned the win at the Pro-Assistants Championship! In the Adidas Division Craig Sarlo and Kory Woodland representing The Barn Golf Club won with a 66-63, 129 total!
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Phil Deimling and Bret Wahl of TaylorMade and Jeff Smith of Adidas Ashworth for making this an outstanding tournament! A combination of fantastic weather, good golf courses and great sponsors made for one of the best Pro-Assistant events ever! This has always been a favorite winter getaway among Utah Section PGA Golf Professionals and their Assistants and will likely heat things up next winter too.