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Assistants' Chapter
Mission is to foster an environment that allows our members to grow professionally by creating a unique culture amongst its members and by offering educational opportunities, mentoring programs, community initiative programs and a competitive tournament series.
2015 Archived Articles - Assistants' Chapter

HOLIDAY STATIONSTORES APPRENTICE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Apprentice professionals Brandon Sigette from Oak Glen GC, Julian Ramirez from Riverwood National GC, Drew Muhich from Eastwood GC, and Ross Leary from Northland CC were selected as recipients of the scholarship which are determined by an annual application process. The money awarded will help each apprentice with the costs associated of progressing through the PGA PGM program.

TEAM OF TIM BROVOLD AND MIKE MARSHALL WIN ASSISTANTS' 6-6-6 EVENT
The two-person team of Tim Brovold of Bunker Hills GC and Mike Marshall of Oak Ridge CC won the 2015 Assistants' 6-6-6 Event at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, MN with a score of even par 72. This format includes six holes of best ball format, six holes of alternate shot format, and six holes of scramble format in that order. Brovold/Marshall won by one stroke over the teams of Brian Seiwert/Dane Schneider and Chad Weise/Derek Helstrom who finished tied for runner-up. Andy Smith of Hazeltine National GC was this year's Holiday Shootout winner. Final Results


LAST SEEDED RAMIREZ WINS ASSISTANTS' SEASON LONG MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Last seeded Julian Ramirez of Riverwood National GC defeated ninth seeded Paul Speltz of Midland Hills CC 3&1 in the Match Play championship match to claim his first Assistants' Match Play title. Along the way he upset Mike Flaherty of University GC, Brian Russell of The Bridges GC, Tim Brovold of Bunker Hills GC, and Tommy Koehler of Woodhill CC before defeating Speltz for his first title. Final Results

 


RAMIREZ WINS EVENT #5
Julian Ramirez of Riverwood National GC shot a 1-over (73) to claim the Assistant's Event #5 title winning by two strokes at Dacotah Ridge GC in Morton, MN. Ramirez's round was highlighted by a 1-under front nine building a lead that would hold throughout the round. Blake Lentner of Austin CC and Tim Johnson of The Pines tied for a share of second place at 3-over (75). Final Results

 


SPELTZ WINS EVENT #4
Paul Speltz of Midland Hills CC shot a -2 (70) in order to win the Assistant's Event #4 by two strokes at Chaska Town Course. His round was highlighted and capped off by an impressive -2 on the back nine giving him the win. There was a three person tie for second place which included Mitchell Mackedanz of Bemidji T&CC, Julian Ramirez of Riverwood National GC, and Brian Seiwert of Bearpath G&CC. Final Results

 

 


ARNDT WINS EVENT #3
Josh Arndt of Pheasant Acres GC shoots a -1 (71) to win the Assistant's Event #3 by two strokes at Stillwater Country Club. Highlights of his round include four birdies in a five hole stretch to lead him to victory. Tied for second place were Jon Zellmer of Stillwater CC and Derek Holmes of River Oaks GC. Final Results

 

 


SEIWERT WINS EVENT #2
In blustery conditions, Brian Seiwert from Bearpath G&CC shot even par, 72 to win Assistants' Event #2 at Bearpath G&CC. Five strokes back were Julian Ramirez from Riverwood National GC and Eric Rolland from Woodhill CC. Final Results

 

 


RAMIREZ WINS EVENT #1
In tough and cold conditions, Julian Ramirez from Riverwood National GC shot 4-over par, 76 to win Assistants' Event #1 at Somerby GC. One stroke back were Brian Seiwert from Bearpath G&CC and Andy Smith from Hazeltine National GC. Final Results

 

2014 Archived Articles - Assistants' Chapter

HOLIDAY STATIONSTORES APPRENTICE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Apprentice professionals Mike Marshall from Oak Ridge CC, Jake Dewitz from Northern Hills GC, Dustin Steiner from Fargo CC, Andy Smith from Hazeltine National GC and Ryan Windett from The Minikahda Club were selected as recipients of the scholarship which are determined by an annual application process. The money awarded will help each apprentice with the costs associated of progressing through the PGA PGM program.

ASSISTANTS' 6-6-6 & HOLIDAY SHOOTOUT
The teams of Jesse Nelson and Tim Johnson from The Pines; and the team of Ryan Bakken from Pheasant Acres GC and Jacob Dewitz from Northern Hills GC each shot 2-under par, 70 to tie for first in the Assistants' 6-6-6 Event. Final Results
Following the event, 12 players teed it up in the Holiday Shootout. Coming out on top was Andy Smith from Hazeltine National GC, followed by Tyler Millis from Edina CC, and Tim Brovold from Bunker Hills finished in third.

SEIWERT WINS SEASON LONG MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Brian Seiwert from Bearpatch G&CC sank a 25 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Championship match to defeat Derek Holmes from River Oaks GC 1 Up. Seiwert defeated Mike Flaherty from Hastings CC 1 Up in the semifinals; while Holmes defeated Andy Smith from Hazeltine National GC 3&2 in their semifinal match. Smith then defeated Flaherty 1 Up in the third place match. Match Play Bracket

SPELTZ WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #5 IN PLAYOFF
Following a blustery round, Paul Speltz from Midland Hills CC needed extra holes to break a tie with Andy Smith from Hazeltine National GC and Derek Holmes from River Oaks GC and win Assistants' Event #5 at Dacotah Ridge GC. In the team competition, Derek Holmes and amateur partner Brad Cole, shot a team score of 10-under par, 62 to win the Pro-Am competition. Kyle Thul from Stillwater CC and his partner, Nate Lassila, finished at 7-under par, 65. Individual Results  Pro-Am Results

ROLLAND WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #4
Eric Rolland from Woodhill CC shot 2-over par, 74 to win Assistants' Event #4 at Medina G&CC. One stroke back and in a tie for second place were Jeff Running from Mendakota CC, Kyle Thul from Stillwater CC and Danny Sinksen from Elmwood Park GC. Final Results

SEIWERT WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #3
Brian Seiwert from Bearpath G&CC shot 3-under par, 69 to win Assistants' Event #3 at TPC Twin Cities. One stroke back was Mike Flaherty from Hastings CC while Danny Sinksen from Elmwood Park GC, Brandon Myers from Vintage GC, Eric Rolland from Woodhill CC, Jesse Nelson from The Pines and Tim Brovold from Bunker Hills GC all tied for third place at 1-under par, 71. Final Results

MARSHALL WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #2
Mike Marshall from Oak Ridge CC shot and even par, 72 to win Assistants' Event #2 on a wet and soggy day at The Meadows at Mystic Lake. Four strokes back and alone in second place was Danny Sinksen from Elmwood Park GC. Final Results

2013 Archived Articles - Assistants' Chapter

SHAFRANSKI, SINKSEN & ENGEN RECEIVE HOLIDAY SCHOLARSHIPS
Grant Shafranski from The Minikahda Club, Danny Sinksen from Elmwood Park GC and Brady Engen from Wayzata CC are the 2013 receipients of the Holiday Apprentice Scholarships. Awarded monies from this scholarship help offset the costs associated with progressing through the PGA-PGM program.

COLE/FLAHERTY TAKE THE ASSISTANTS' 6-6-6 EVENT
Scott Cole from New Richmond GC and Mike Flaherty from Hastings CC teamed together to win the Assistants' 6-6-6 event at The Minikhada Club. The duo shot a team score of 8-under par, 64 which was highlighted by an ace on the 6th hole, and six strokes better than their nearest competitor. Final Results

SMITH WINS MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Andy Smith from Superior National GC defeated Derek Holmes from River Oaks GC 1 Up, in the final match of the 2013 Assistants' Match Play Championship.  In the third place match Paul Speltz from Midland Hills defeated his co-worker, Thad Bloberger, 4&2. Match Play Bracket

ROLLAND WINS NATIONAL CAR RENTAL ASSISTANTS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Eric Rolland from Woodhill CC won his second National Car Rental MN PGA Assistants' Championship by firing a two round total of 1-over par, 143 (71-72) at Woodhill CC. One stroke back was Danny Sinksen from Elmwood Park GC and alone in third was Derek Holmes from River Oaks GC. These three, along with defending champion Andy Smith from Superior National GC will advance to the 37th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. Final Results

SINKSEN WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #5--Pro-Am
Danny Sinksen from Elmwood Park GC shot 1-under par, 71 at Dacotah Ridge GC to win Assistants' Event #5. One stroke back was Chris Borgen from Lost Spur GC. In the Pro-Am competition the teams of Justin Travers from Tanners Brook GC and Tom Song, and Jeff Running from Pebble Creek GC and Tim Deming each shot a four-ball score of 8-under par, 65. Individual Pro Results : Team Results

BANG WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #4
Andy Bang from Minneapolis GC shot 1-under par, 71 at StoneRidge GC to win Assistants' Event #4. One stroke back and tied for second were Eric Rolland from Woodhill CC and Justin Travers from Tanners Brook GC. Final Results

SMITH WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #3
Andy Smith from Superior National GC was the lone player to record a sub par round (1-under par, 71) at Wayzata CC to win Assistants' Event #3. One stroke back at even par were Derek Holmes from River Oaks GC and Brandon Myers from Vintage GC. Final Results

MEYERS WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #2
Ben Meyers from Medina G&CC and Eric Rolland from Woodhill CC each shot 2-under par 68 at Oak Ridge CC; however, following a playoff Meyers prevailed to win Assistants' Event #2 and the Ray Vennewitz Jr Cup. Finishing tied for third at even par, 70 were Ryan Bakken from Pheasant Acres GC, Chad Weise from Chaska TC and Mike Flaherty from Hastings CC. Final Results

2012 Archived Articles - Assistants' Chapter
SHAFRANSKI & PANSCH RECEIVE HOLIDAY SCHOLARSHIPS
Grant Shafranski from The Minikahda Club and Scott Pansch from Bent Creek GC are the 2012 receipients of the Holiday Apprentice Scholarships. Awarded monies from this scholarship help offset the costs associated with progressing through the PGA-PGM program.

SINKSEN WINS SEASON LONG MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Danny Sinksen from Elmwood Park GC defeated Brian Seiwert from Bearpath G&CC 3&2 in the championship match of the Assistants' Season Long Match Play Championship. In the third place match, Jacob Dewitz from Eastwood GC defeated Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC 1 Up. Match Play Bracket

SMITH WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #5
Andy Smith from Superior National GC shot 1-over par, 73 to win Assistants' Event #5 at Dacotah Ridge GC. In a three-way tie for second and one stroke back was Chris Borgen from Hastings CC, Noah Lawson from Castlewood GC and Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC. This event was also had a pro-am component in which each Assistant professional brought one amateur partner; and the team of Chris Bailey from North Oaks GC and his partner Mike Ritzer fired a best-ball score of 11-under par, 61 to lead all teams. Special thanks to Assistants' Chapter Board member Tim Brovold for organizing the event along with host professional Eric Hildreth at Dacotah Ridge GC. Final Results

LACOURSIERE WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #4
Pete LaCoursiere from Southview CC shot 4-under par, 68 to win Assistants' Event #4 at Chaska Town Course. The other two under par rounds belonged to Jacob Dewitz from Eastwood GC (69) and Chris Borgen from Hastings CC (71). Special thanks to Assistants' Chapter Board member CJ Meyer for organizing the event along with John Kellin at Chaska Town Course for hosting. Final Results

MURDY WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #3
Jonathan Murdy from Moccasin Creek CC shot the only sub-par round of the day to win Assistants' Event #3 at Somerset CC. One stroke back at even par were Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC and Scott Cole from New Richmond GC. Special thanks to David DuSchane at Somerset CC for hosting the event. Final Results

BROVOLD WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #2
Tim Brovold from Bunker Hills GC shot 3-under par 69 at Ridges at Sand Creek to win Assistants' Event #2 and the Ray Vennewitz Cup. Finishing two strokes back and alone in second place was Chris Borgen from Hastings CC.  Tieing for third place at even par were Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC and Ben Meyers from Medina G&CC. Special thanks to Assistants' Chapter Board members Phil Olson and Tim Brovold for organizing the event along with host professionals Peer Finstand and Mike Malone at the Ridges at Sand Creek. Final Results

BORGEN WINS ASSISTANT EVENT #1 AFTER EXTRA HOLES
Chris Borgen from Hastings CC won Assistants' Event #1 at Somerby GC following a sudden death playoff with Eric Rolland from Woodhill CC. Borgen and Rolland shot 1 under par 71 while Chris Bailey from North Oaks GC finished in third place with a round of even par, 72. Special thanks to Assistants' Chapter Board members Tim Brovold and Chris Larson for organizing the event along with host professional at Somerby GC, Matt Norgaard. Final Results

2011 Archived Articles - Assistants' Chapter
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FOUR WIN HOLIDAY STATIONSTORES APPRENTICE SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Apprentice Professionals Joshua Hatch from Medina G&CC, Scott Pansch from Wilds GC, Danny Sinksen from Elmwood GC and Paul Speltz from Giant's Ridge as the inaugural recipients of the Holiday Stationstores Apprentice Scholarship. Each recipeint received $500 to help offset expenses incurred while completing the PGA Professional Golf Management Program. Special thanks to Holiday Stationstores for their support of the scholarships.
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THREE WAY TIE AT THE ASSISTANTS' 6-6-6 EVENT
The teams of Scott McDonald from Windsong Farm GC and Eric Rolland from Bent Creek GC; Chris Baisch and Dan Suedbeck from Hazeltine National GC; and Ben Meyers from Medina G&CC and Scott Cole from New Richmond GC all shot 1-under par 71 at The Minikahda Club in the Assistants' 6-6-6 Event to tie for first place. Each team played six holes of Four-Ball Stroke Play, six holes of Alternate Shot and six holes of Scramble. Final Results
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LACOURSIERE WINS SEASON LONG MATCH PLAY
Pete LaCoursiere from Southview CC won the Assistants' Season-Long Match Play Championship after defeating Eric Rolland from Bent Creek GC 4 & 3 in the Championship match. In the third place match, Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC defeated Chris Bailey from North Oaks GC 3 & 2. Match Play Bracket
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MEYERS WINS ASSISTANT PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN PLAYOFF
Ben Meyers from Medina G&CC captured his second Callaway Golf Assistant Professional Championship today at Windsong Farm GC after a one hole, sudden death playoff with Pete LaCoursiere from Southview CC.

Joining Meyers and LaCoursiere as qualifiers for the 2011 National PGA Assistant Professional Championship in early November at PGA Golf Club are Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC, Marshall Hoiness from the Minikahda Club and Scott McDonald from Windsong Farm GC. Special thanks to local Callaway representatives Ryan Archer, Pat Scott and John Hietala for supporting the event. Final Results
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BROVOLD WINS AT DACOTAH RIDGE FOLLOWING 4-WAY PLAYOFF
Tim Brovold from Bunker Hills GC, Scott McDonald from Windsong Farm GC, Matt Norgaard from Somerby GC and Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC all shot 2-over par 74 in Assistants' Event #5. Those four went out for more golf to settle the tie and Tim Brovold emerged as the victor after a three hole sudden death playoff. In the Pro-Am portion of the event, Jesse Nelson from Deacon's Lodge and his partner Justin Simon teamed together to shoot a Best Ball score of 9-under par 63. Final Pro Results : Final Team Results
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BROVOLD WINS AT FARGO
Tim Brovold from Bunker Hills GC shot even par 72 to win Assistants' Event #4 at Fargo CC. Three strokes back were Kris Kroetsch from Fargo CC and Scott Sorvaag from Edgewood GC and alone in fourth place at 4-over par 76 was Mike Snow from The Pines. Final Results
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ROLLAND CAPTURES EVENT #3
Eric Rolland from Bent Creek GC fired a round of 4-under par 68 to capture Assistants' Event #3 at Rush Creek GC. One stroke back, and alone in second place, was Ben Meyers from Medina G&CC. Tied for third place (2-over par, 74) was Brian Paulson from The Bridges GC, Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC, Paul Speltz from Giant's Ridge, Robert Cliff from Brackett's Crossing CC and Mike Minichino from Chisago Lakes GC. Final Results
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MEYERS WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #2
Ben Meyers from Medina G&CC continued his good play by capturing Assistants' Event #2 at Prestwick GC by firing a round of 2-under par 70. Three strokes back at 1-over par 73 was Thaddeus Bloberger from Midland Hills CC who was followed by Scott McDonald from Windsong Farm at 2-over par 74. Final Results
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MEYERS WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #1
Ben Meyers from Medina G&CC shot 1-under par 71 to win Assistants' Event #1 at Somerby GC. One stroke behind and tied for second were Brent Snyder of Troy Burne GC and Matt Norgaard from Somerby GC. Special thanks to Dave Nordeen from Somerby GC for hosting the event. Final Results
2010 Archived Articles - Assistants' Chapter
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ASSISTANTS CHAPTER PARTNERS WITH "BIRDIES FOR BIGS"
Once again, the Assistants' Chapter of the Minnesota Section of the PGA partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in the "Birdies for Bigs" program where a donation for each birdie made in Assistants' Chapter events in 2010 is donated to the local Big Brother's Big Sisters organization.

Pictured is Rory Luck and Michael Herzog of the Assistants' Chapter Board of Directors presenting a check for $5000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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BRENT SNYDER WINS ASSISTANTS EVENT #1
Brent Snyder of Troy Burne GC shot 5-under par 67 to win the first Assistants' Event of the season at Somerby GC. Two shots back were Kris Kroetsch of Fargo CC, Eddie Wynne of StoneRidge GC, Ben Greve of Medina G&CC, Matt Norgaard of Somerby GC, and Chris Bailey of North Oaks GC who all shot 3-under par 69. Results
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MATT NORGAARD WINS ASSISTANTS EVENT #2
Matt Norgaard of Somerby GC shot 1-under par 71 to win Assistant´s Event #2 at Town & CC. One stroke back was Ryan Paulson of GolfTec and Phillip Olson of Bearpath G&CC was two strokes back at 1-over par 73. Results
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RYAN PAULSON WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #3
Ryan Paulson of GolfTec shot 2-under par 70 to win Assistant´s Event #3 at Chaska Town Course. One stroke back was Tim Brovold of Bunker Hills GC. Results
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JESSE NELSON WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #4
Jesse Nelson of Deacon's Lodge shot 4-under par 140 to win Assistants' Event #4 at Deacon's Lodge and The Preserve at Grand View Lodge. Three strokes back were Chris Borgen of Hastings CC, Ben Walter of New Richmond GC and Robert Cliff of Brackett's Crossing CC. Results
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CHRIS BORGEN WINS ASSISTANTS' EVENT #5
Hastings Country Club Assistant Professional Chris Borgen shot a 1-under par 71 to win Assistant Event #5 at Dacotah Ridge Golf Club August 23rd. Finishing tied for second at 2-over par 74 were Eddie Wynne of StoneRidge GC and Tim Johnson of Legacy Courses at Craguns. Results

In the Pro-Am competition, Michael Bohn of Cedar Creek paired with Patrick Bohn to shoot a 7-under par 65 to win in the best-ball format. Special thanks to Dacotah Ridge and PGA Professional Eric Hildreth for hosting the event. Pro-Am Results
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ERIC ROLLAND WINS ASSISTANTS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Eric Rolland of Bent Creek GC shot a 9-under par 135 to win the Minnesota Section Callaway Golf Assistant Championship at White Bear Yacht Club Monday, September 27th. Rolland, along with Eddie Wynne of StoneRidge GC, Chris Borgen of Hastings CC, Brent Snyder of Troy Burne GC and Ben Meyers of Medina G&CC will advance to the 2010 Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Professional Championship being played November 11-14 at PGA Golf Club in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. The Minnesota Section Callaway Golf Assistant Championship is sponsored by Callaway Golf and local representatives Pat Scott and Ryan Archer. Results
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ERIC ROLLAND WINS MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Eric Rolland of Bent Creek GC defeated Eddie Wynne of StoneRidge GC 5&4 to win the 2010 Assistants' Match Play Championship at North Oaks GC. In the semifinals Rolland defeated Chris Bailey from North Oaks GC 3&2 while Wynne defeated Tim Brovold from Bunker Hills GC in 19 Holes. The Assistants' Match Play is supported by PGA TOUR. Match Play Bracket
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NORGAARD/SNYDER WIN 6-6-6
The team of Matt Norgaard from Somerby GC and Brent Snyder from Troy Burne GC shot a team score of 67 and won the Assistants' 6-6-6 event at The Minikahda Club. Two strokes back at 69 was the team of Mark Wittig from Oak Ridge GC and Micahel Bohn from Cedar Creek GC. Results
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