35th Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship

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With his victory Sunday, Frank Bensel becomes the fourth player to win the Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship multiple times.
By
The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Friday, October 28, 2011 | 11:19 p.m.

35th Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship
When:
November 3-6, 2011
Where: PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Purse: $100,000, with $9,000 to the winner
What's on the Line: The winner will earn a berth in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship; the top four finishers and ties will earn a berth in the 2012 Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship; and the top 10 finishers and ties will earn a berth in the first stage of the 2012 PGA Tour Qualifying School.

TOURNAMENT LINKS:
Live scoring 
Championship field (as of Oct. 26) (.pdf)
Fact sheet, history and past champions (.pdf)
Last Year: Relive Frank Bensel's 2010 victory

PHOTO GALLERIES: Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday's final round

VIDEO: Watch our exclusive video interviews

SUNDAY RECAP:
Bensel wins second consecutive title in thrilling fashion

Frank Bensel didn't think that he'd hoist the trophy when he arrived at PGA Golf Club Sunday morning. But the PGA assistant professional at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., achieved the improbable, closing with a sparkling 66 to cap a memorable comeback and take home his second consecutive title.

SATURDAY RECAP:
Clark and Berliner tied for lead after windy third round

Winds gusting up to and beyond 20 mph played havoc with Saturday's third round at PGA Golf Club. Scott Berliner of Albany, N.Y., and Aaron Clark of Springfield, Mo., share the 54-hole lead, with Anthony Casalino of Yonkers, N.Y., and Ryan Sikora of Greensburg, Pa., one stroke back.

FRIDAY RECAP:
New Yorkers Puetz and Berliner tied at halfway mark

The scoring conditions were tougher Friday as Timothy Peutz of East Northport, N.Y., pulled into a tie with first-round leader Scott Berliner of Albany, N.Y., after 36 holes. Aaron Clark of Springfield, Mo.; Tyler Hitchcock of Orlando, Fla.; and Anthony Casalino of Yonkers, N.Y., are tied for third.

THURSDAY RECAP:
Berliner leads by one after calm first day

Scott Berliner of Albany, N.Y., fired an opening-round 6-under-par 66 to grab a one-stroke lead Thursday. He leads Timothy Puetz of East Northport, N.Y., who opened with a 67. Shawn Warren of Windham, Maine, who held the first-round lead in 2010, is alone in third after an opening-round 68.

PREVIEW COVERAGE:

Pre-tournament notebook

Rainaud looking for better finish after near-miss in 2010
Adam Rainaud of Massachusetts held the lead early in the final round last year, only to see Frank Bensel pass him and win the title. He’s played well in the ensuing year, though, and is looking forward to trying to earn the win that so narrowly eluded him.

Experience is huge factor as Bensel prepares for title defense
It’s no easy task to win a National Championship, but when you have the experience of Frank Bensel, you enter with a bit more confidence. That experience, confidence and belief in himself propelled him to victory last year and has him ready to go again this year.

2009 champion Thelen making his mark on European Senior Tour
Tim Thelen of Texas, who won the 2009 PGA Assistant Championship in dominant fashion, is succeeding overseas this season, where he currently ranks 24th on the European Senior Tour money list.