The 2016 Professional – Assistant Championship carried on the legacy of being one of the most popular tournaments on the SCPGA calendar. Being held this year at the gorgeous Mission Hills Country Club; the event was chalked full of outstanding sponsor giveaways and contests, delicious IN N OUT burgers, a fishing contest, and most of all a fun and laid back environment.
The first day of the championship, September 26, saw 180 players ascend onto the grounds of Mission Hills Country Club with their sights set on walking away with the hardware. However before the birdies could be marked on the scorecard, the players were treated to a meet and greet with a few of the partners of the event and a cheeseburger, or a double-double for some, on the driving range. Promptly at noon the players with their clubs, sunblock, and lots of cold beverages to combat the wicked heat kicked off the first round on both the Pete Dye Challenge Course and Dinah Shore Tournament Course. The conditions for Round 1 were conducive to great scoring opportunities, as there were over 500 birdies made on both courses. This equated to great team scores, but none was more phenomenal than the defending champions, PGA Professionals Chad and Alan Sorensen, score of 58. The Sorensen brothers carded 12 birdies and an eagle to hold a 3 shot lead heading into the final round.
Following Round 1, the third annual fishing derby took place on the lakes of Mission Hills Country Club. The fisherman, and a few fisherwomen, were casting their lines for an opportunity to win a fishing excursion donated by Dana Wharf, and some fantastic prizes by Bass Proshops. After an hour of fishing; the biggest fish, at 18”, was caught by Ross Marcano, PGA followed by a 16” fish caught by Jim Gormley, PGA.
The second, and final, round of the championship began at 8 in the morning allowing the players a break from the sweltering heat. Each team did what they could to chase down the dynamic brother duo, but the Sorensen’s would not let off the gas pedal. They continued their extraordinary play by penciling in 10 birdies on their card, to coast to a 5 shot victory. Congratulations to the 2016 SCPGA Pro-Assistant Champions: Chad Sorensen, PGA and Alan Sorensen, PGA.
Congratulations also to the three, yes three, PGA professionals who recorded an ace during the Championship: Troy Ferguson, Paul Guerra, and Toby Todd. The hole in one by Troy Ferguson won him an Ireland golf bucket list trip by Garmany Golf, and Paul Guerra’s hole in one won him lifetime club shipping by Caddy X.
Thank you to the partners of the event KBS Shafts, Cutter & Buck, Ahead, Garmany, Caddy X, Evolve, Pepsi, Bass Proshops, NYX, and Dana Wharf for their continued support of the Southern California PGA.
A special thank you to Jim Robinson, Nicholas Thron, and the staff at Mission Hills Country Club for their outstanding hospitality.
Finally, thank you to the following SCPGA rules officials who donated their time and rules expertise at the event: Ron O’Connor, PGA, Keith Reinking, Terry Startzel, and Ryan Slater.