Pigman claims SCPGA Assistant title

Kenny Pigman of Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma beat Kyle Mendoza of host course South Hills Country Club in West Covina on the first playoff hole to win the National Car Rental Southern California PGA Assistant Champion.

Pigman, who also captured the 2016 Southern California PGA Professional Championship, carded seven birdies in the final round and finished with a score of 68-67—135, 9-under-par, while Mendoza also wound up at 68-67—135.

Jayne Backos of Rustic Canyon Golf Course in Moorpark was third at 71-67—138, while Patrick Strandemo of the Santaluz Club in San Diego shot 69-70—139 to tie for fourth with James Holley of Simi Hills Golf Course in Simi Valley, who totaled 68-71—139.

The top four finishers earned exemptions into the 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship on Nov. 9-12 on the Wannamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Strandemo earned the final spot in a card-off with Holley.

Thomas Chu of Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita posted a score of 70-70—140 to tie for sixth with Joshua Rider of the Santaluz Club, who came in a 68-72—140, while Scott LaBare of Stockdale Country Club Bakersfield finished at 69-72—141 to tie for eighth with Chris Longo of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, who wound up at 67-74—141.

Holley, Chu, Rider and LaBare are alternates for the national tournament.

Nick Badel of Virginia Country Club in Long Beach carded a score of 67-76—142 to tie for 10th with James Moreno of Hideaway Golf Club in La Quinta, who finished at 69-73—142.


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