Earns Berth in 45th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship taking place in Florida
MADISON, Conn. (August 30, 2021) – Mike Strong, assistant professional at TPC River Highlands, said he feels as comfortable playing at Madison Country Club as he does at his home course where he works. The 22-year old PGA Associate Professional proved it today as he shot rounds of 71 and 67 for a 2-under par, 36-hole total 138 on his way to a 2-stroke margin of victory in the 59th Assistant Connecticut PGA Championship.
“I called Frank Carta (Madison CC Head Professional) a few times and he’s allowed me to bring some members from TPC here to play,” Strong said. “In fact, I’ve probably played more rounds here than at TPC.”
Playing in front of Strong in the penultimate 3-some was host assistant professional Sean Sweitzer, who got off to a hot start in round two, making four birdies on his first five holes. Sweitzer also ended with a final round 67 to finish runner up at even par 140.
“I know how well Sean was playing,” Strong said. “The turning point for me was getting up and down to make pars on holes 7, 8, and 9.”
Both Strong and Sweitzer will advance to the 45th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The event is supported by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, XXIO, Asics and John Deere and is scheduled to be played November 11-14, 2021.
This is the first Connecticut Section tournament win for Strong who graduated from Springfield College in 2020 and is just beginning his PGA of America membership journey.
C.J. Konkowski (141 – Hartford GC) finished third. Defending champion Brian Quilter (Black Hall Club) and Adam D’Amario (Indian Hill CC) each shot 143 and tied for fourth.
The National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 132 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections and features a total purse of $150,000. All rounds will be played on the Wanamaker Course. A cut after 36 holes of play to the low 70 scorers and ties will be made.
Qualifiers: 2 Alternates: 3
1 Mike Strong TPC River Highlands 71-67–138 -2 $1,650.00
2 Sean Sweitzer Madison CC 73-67–140 E $1,250.00
3 C.J. Konkowski Hartford GC 69-72–141 +1 $950.00
T4 Brian Quilter Black Hall Club 74-69–143 +3 $675.00
T4 Adam D’Amario Indian Hill CC 68-75–143 +3 $675.00
6 Eric Flood The Farms CC 72-74–146 +6 $500.00
T7 Matthew Smith New Haven CC 75-76–151 +11 $425.00
T7 Bryan Chalifoux Pine Orchard Yacht & CC 79-72–151 +11 $425.00
T9 Shane Marchenkoff Stonington CC 74-79–153 +13 $216.67
T9 Nicholas Segaline Wampanoag CC 76-77–153 +13 $216.67
T9 Jeff Beale The Farms CC 77-76–153 +13 $216.67
T12 Matt Kiehle Longmeadow CC 78-77–155 +15
T12 Marie Allo Gillette Ridge GC 81-74–155 +15
14 John Riordan Longmeadow CC 78-78–156 +16
15 William Burns Hartford GC 78-81–159 +19
T16 Joseph Forget Richter Park GC 76-85–161 +21
T16 Tom Pannier Madison CC 79-82–161 +21
18 David Wright Cold Spring CC 80-83–163 +23
19 Drew Michael Dave DiRico’s Golf & Racquet 86-78–164 +24
20 Chase Brinton Tradition GC -Wallingford 90-77–167 +27
21 Brian Huber GC of Avon 84-84–168 +28
22 R.J. Ugolik Laurel View CC 86-85–171 +31
23 Eric Linsley Farmington Woods CC 95-84–179 +39
24 Chris Bohr Twin Hills Country Club 94-86–180 +40
25 Josh Carney Manchester CC 88-95–183 +43
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WD Isaac Gatewood Litchfield CC
|2004||42nd||Jim St. Pierre||144||71-73|
|1992||30th||Fran Marrello||106 (27 holes)||73-33|