Cole Lorenz, PGA Assistant Professional at The Valley Club in Hailey, conquered the Nevada wind and a strong challenge from Montana’s Tom Conway to win the National Car Rental Rocky Mountain Section Assistant PGA Professional Championship Thursday, June 20.
In the brutal wind buffeting Jackpot Golf Course, Lorenz survived a three-hole playoff with Big Sky Resort’s Conway to win the $2,100 first-place purse by making a par putt on the third playoff hole.
Lorenz finished the one-day, 36-hole competition with scores of 75-76 for seven-over-par 151. Conway won $1,600 for his second-place 75-76 for 151. In third place for $1,200 was Jacob McKinney of Laurel, Mt. with scores of 75-78 for 153.
Competition occurred over one day and 36 holes at the par-72, 6,934-yard Jackpot Golf Course.
The victory was Lorenz’s second straight RMSPGA Assistant Professional title. Last year at Pinecrest Golf Course in Idaho Falls, Lorenz won his first RMSPGA Assistant Professional title by five strokes.
Lorenz, 24, from Billings, Mt., played collegiate golf for the New Mexico State Aggies. At Jackpot, he was pressed to the finish by Conway, whose nearly-impossible putt made from off the green on the second playoff hole forced another hole.
Conway and Lorenz both qualified for the 43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship Nov. 14-17 at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its 24th consecutive Assistant PGA Professional Championship.
The Valley Club’s Garret Beal also competed in the one-day, 36-hole Jackpot tournament and tied for 14th place with scores of 82-82 for 164. He won $40.