Bensel wins PGA Assistant Championship

By Associated PressNovember 6, 2011, 10:13 pm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Frank Bensel overcame an eight-stroke deficit Sunday to win the Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship for the second straight year, shooting a 6-under 66 in windy conditions for an improbable one-stroke victory.

The 43-year-old Bensel, the PGA assistant professional at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., had an eagle, five birdies and just one bogey to finish at 5-under 283 on PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course.

“I couldn’t believe it. This game is so unpredictable,” Bensel said. “I knew the only way I was going to get back into the tournament was to have the wind howl again and make some putts. Both of those things happened.”

He earned a spot in the PGA Professional National Championship in June, and the top 10 finishers and ties received berths in the first stage of the 2012 PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Third-round leaders Aaron Clark of Springfield, Mo., and Scott Berliner of Albany, N.Y., shot 75s to tie for second with Jamie Broce of Clayton, Ind.; Tyler Hitchcock of Orlando, Fla.; Ryan Sikora of Greensburg, Pa.; and Richard Terga of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Bensel holed out from 118 yards for eagle on the par-4 12th.

“I really started off slow, but then caught fire on six,” Bensel said. “And then on 12, I knew the shot was good, but didn’t actually know it went in right away because of a ridge right in front of the cup.”

He parred the difficult 18th hole.

“The 18th hole was playing hard with the pin up, water in front and the wind in our face,” Bensel said. “But I snuck by with a par and that ended up saving me in the end.”

Bensel became the fourth player to win more than one title, joining Darrell Kestner (1982, `87), Jim Schuman (1996, `97) and Kyle Flinton (2002, `03, `05).

“It was a great day for me today,” Bensel said. “The course was extremely hard and I caught some breaks. I feel privileged to win this championship not once, but twice. It’s special.”

Aaron Clark, a PGA apprentice at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield, Mo., had a chance to get into a playoff with Bensel, but his 3 1/2-foot par putt hit the back of the hole and lipped out.

“On 18, I hit a bad second shot, a good chip, and then the 3 1/2-footer I had left hit the back of the hole and came out,” Clark said. “But the two double bogeys earlier in the round today really sealed my fate.”

Berliner, who had a share of the lead in each of the first three rounds, also had a chance to force a playoff. His 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole came up short.

The front nine was a disaster,” said Berliner, a PGA assistant pro at Normanside Country Club in Delmar, N.Y. “But I got back into it with birdies on 15 and 16 to give myself a chance. I knew what I needed to do and I hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet. But I left it short. I know I will take something from this later, but right now it’s pretty tough.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.