After two days of competition on a firm and fast Heritage Palms Golf Club, the 2015 Desert Chapter Assistants Championship came to a close. Fighting 25 to 35 mph wind gusts in the final round, scoring became a bit more of a grind for all of the competitors. After opening the tournament with a 2-over 74 in more benign conditions, Chris Eikenberg, PGA of Desert Horizons Country Club battled the conditions in round 2 posting a 1-over par 73 for the low round of the day and to climb out of a 4 shot deficit to take home the trophy as he nipped first round leader Warren Pineo of Toscana Country Club by one shot. “Conditions were tough and I knew coming in that if I could shoot somewhere in the neighborhood of even par that I might have a shot at winning this thing.” Eikenberg stated. “After making a triple bogey on my sixth hole I knew it was going to be a grind, but after a birdie on nine and an eagle on ten, it kind of jump-started my round and got me back in the thick of things. It is fun to battle the elements and see what you have inside yourself.”
The Desert Chapter would like to thank Laura Saunders and Adidas/Ashworth Golf for graciously sponsoring the 2015 Desert Chapter Assistants Championship. Without our sponsors we are unable to have such fantastic events. Please remember to thank Laura and please support her brands as she continues to be a loyal supporter of the Desert Chapter.
Our annual hosts for the Assistants Championship, Gordon Leith and Heritage Palms Golf Club once again made it great for all who participated. The golf course was in great shape with hard and fast greens. The hospitality by the entire staff and membership was impeccable. Please remember to send your thanks to Gordon and Heritage Palms.
Thank you to all that participated as we had the largest field in over four years. The camaraderie and competition is always fun with the professionals here in the Desert.