Frank Bensel ran away from the field over the final two days of the 37th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship. The 45-year-old from Century was 9-under on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on a weekend where par was a good score. Bensel came into the final round Sunday one shot off the lead and won the championship by six strokes with a 10-under 278 total.
He also captured the national assistant title in 2010 and 2011.
Bensel opened the windy final round with an eagle, and rolled in three more birdies on the front side. He dropped a couple of shots after the turn, but had plenty of cushion by then. Bensel only needed 54 putts over the final 36 holes. He picked up a check for $9,000, so paying for shrimp cocktail later in the evening while celebrating his sixth wedding anniversary with wife, Alynn, was not an issue.
“It was tough today,” Bensel said by phone. “I got off to that great start and was 5-under after eight holes. Everybody else was going up so I knew at that point I was pretty much in the driver’s seat. … I did putt well. I can’t say why, but I was comfortable with the speed and got into a good rhythm.”
John Guyton of Metropolis closed with a 75 and moved up into a tie for 19th at 5-over. Greg Bisconti of St. Andrew’s finished with a 75 and was tied for 43rd at 10-over.
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