It will be a long and true test of golf Monday when nearly 100 assistants in the New Jersey Section compete in the National Car Rental New Jersey PGA Assistant Professional Championship supported by Cleveland Golf, Srixon, XXIO, John Deere and Golf Advisor at Canoe Brook Country Club.
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This is the seventh consecutive year that Canoe Brook will host the event. Canoe Brook’s PGA Director of Golf, Reed Lansinger, is excited to see the field compete for the six qualifying spots for
the 42nd National Car Rental National PGA Assistant Championship, November 15-18 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fl.
“The North Course is the championship course,” Lansinger said. “I’ve said it’s similar to the Lower course at Baltusrol. You hit it as far as you can, and then you hit it as far as you can again.”
The 36-hole, one day event will be contested on both the North and South courses. In the past, the championship would span over several weeks at multiple facilities. Past winners of this event include PGA Tour player Jim Herman, who won this event in 2006 and 2007
“It’s a classic northeast course,” Herman said of Canoe Brook. “You’re rewarded for your good shots. It’s a course you can stay patient with."
Canoe Brook has hosted this event eight times, the most since 1980. It first welcomed the event in 1984.
“The South course is a little bit quirky and a little bit tricky in some spots,” Lansinger said of the 36-hole facility. “It certainly makes you hit every club in your bag. Both provide a great challenge.”
Brian Mackey, who was the runner-up last year and won the championship in 2015, is heading into the week having won three Assistant Events this season.
“I still think about it,” Mackey said. “I love going back to Canoe Brook every time. I just feel comfortable there.”
The PGA Assistant Professional at Echo Lake Country Club currently leads the OMEGA Assistant Player of the Year race by 11 points over Danny Lewis of Hollywood Golf Club. Mackey, 33, finished runner-up in the race the last three seasons.
“The last three years, I’ve come close,” Mackey said. “I’m looking forward to getting off to a good start at Canoe Brook. It would mean the world to me to get [Assistant] Player of the Year.”