Royal Palm Beach's Alan Morin top local at Assistant PGA Professional Championship
Royal Palm Beach native Alan Morin, a PGA professional at Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, was flirting with the lead early on Sunday at the 42nd Assistant PGA Professional Championship in Port St. Lucie, but PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course got the best of him down the stretch. Morin, who's played in multiple Honda Classics and qualified for several U.S. Opens and PGA Championships, finished tied for 11th at days end.
It was Kenny Pigman of Norco, California who ultimately earned the first-place prize of $12,000 from a total purse of $150,000, finishing with a 6-under-par 66 – the day’s low round – for a 72-hole total of 15-under-par 273.
“I don’t think I had a three-putt all week, which is surprising,” said Pigman, the three-time Southern California PGA Assistant Champion in a statement. “I started strong and hit it well today. I didn’t plan on making that putt on 18, but it helps. My Grandma Shirley, who started me in golf, says, ‘Keep making birdies! Keep making birdies!’”
Jupiter resident Frank Bensel shot a 73 on Sunday, after putting himself in contention with a tournament opening 68. Bensel finished tied for 14th.