Andy Smith of Hazeltine National fires a 2-over 144 to win the 2018 Minnesota PGA Assistant Professional Championship at Northland Country Club by one shot over reigning champ Kyle Scanlon of Rush Creek GC.
Smith has had a history of success at Northland dating back to his win in this same event in 2012.
“I haven’t played at Northland since 2013 and they have done a bit of work to the course with tree removal and slight renovations to a few of the holes,” Smith said. “I thought these changes were outstanding. The course was in good shape and the greens were as good as I have ever seen them.”
It is hard to say why I play well at Northland but over the years I have found out that I play well at Donald Ross designed properties,” added Smith.
Smith, Scanlon, Mike Marshall of Oak Ridge CC and Tim Brovold of Bunker Hills GC all qualified for the 42nd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Nov. 15-18, 2018.
With this victory, Smith has the lead in Assistant Professional Player of the Year Standings over Tommy Koehler by 16 points as the season winds down. This would be Smith’s first Assistant Professional Player of the Year award.
“It would mean a lot [to win Assistant Player of the Year]. Since joining the Section/Chapter in 2012, I have finished 2nd in the standings twice,” he stressed. “I have playing goals that I set for myself every year and this has been one on that list since day one.”