By Nick Hunter
EDINA, Minn. – A late birdie at Edina Country Club Monday lifted Jake Wherley to a round of 70 during the second round of the 2022 Minnesota Assistant PGA Championship, giving Wherley a one-stroke victory over Andy Smith.
Those advancing to the 2022 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship Nov. 17-20 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida are Smith, Bennett Smed, Brady Swedberg and Lucas Johnson.
At the 36-hole tournament Monday, Wherley opened with a 7-under 65, despite a late double-bogey, to lead the field following the morning session.
During his second round, Wherley started with a birdie at the third before drawing even with a bogey on the ensuing hole.
He would turn in 1-under for the round following his second birdie of the front nine at the par-4 ninth.
Taking advantage of the par-5 13th, Wherley rolled in his birdie chance to reach 9-under for the championship, but would give back a shot with a second bogey at the 16th.
With his double-bogey coming at the par-3 17th during the first round Monday, Wherley changed his fortune by sinking his birdie opportunity for a final-round 70 to earn a one-stroke victory at 9-under 135.
Wherley now has at least one section in each of the past three seasons, entering the 2022 season with a pair of victories in 2021.
Monday’s finish is the sixth top-5 finish for the assistant professional from The Pines at Grand View Lodge in 2022, pushing his winnings for the season to over $4,000.
Another strong finish for Smith Monday, who now has collected three wins and eight top-5 finishes for the season.
Smith began the 2022 campaign with a win at the Twin Cities Open and notched his second win less than a month later at the Minnesota PGA Assistant’s Event No. 3.
Most recently, Smith edged Wherley, 2 and 1, at the Minnesota PGA Assistant Season-Long Match Play Championship.
Smith, from Hazeltine National Golf Club, has earned more than $10,500 for his efforts this season.
THE 2022 MINNESOTA ASSISTANT PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
EDINA COUNTRY CLUB
6,810 YARDS, PAR 72
MONDAY’S FINAL RESULTS
1. Jake Wherley, The Pines at GVL, 65-70—135
2. Andy Smith, Hazeltine Nat’l GC, 66-70—136
3. Bennett Smed, Classic at Madden’s, 73-68—141
4. Brady Swedberg, Geneva GC, 73-69—142
5. Lucas Johnson, Suite Shots, 73-72—145
T6. Austin Meissner, Majestic Oaks GC, 74-74—14
T6. Blake Lentner, Wayzata CC, 71-77—148
8. Matthew Sandquist, Edina CC, 73-78—151
9. Mac Saby, Spring Hill GC, 78-74—152
10. Andrew Norton, StoneRidge GC, 75-79—154
For complete tournament results go to: MN PGA Assistants’ Championship – Overall Leaderboard | Minnesota PGA (bluegolf.com)