Montross shot a two-day total of 138 (72-66) and came out on top of a 71-player field at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, Va. He will be one of five MAPGA Professionals advancing on to play in the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on October 31 – November 3, 2013.
In round one, Montross played very steady on the front nine with one birdie and eight pars, yet his back nine forced him to scramble for birdies after making bogeys on 11, 14 and 18. He finished round one at even par. The second round for Montross was one of comfort and confidence. He lead the round with a birdie on the first hole and never looked back from there; carding six birdies and zero bogeys. “I was shocked how comfortable I felt. They always say that you’ll feel comfortable whenever you’re going to win a tournament,” stated Montross on his bogey-free round.
This is Montross’ first MAPGA win and his third opportunity to compete in a national PGA event. In 2008, he advanced to the national PGA Assistant Championship and earlier this year he was part of the 14-person MAPGA professional contingent who played in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. Joining Montross later this year in Port St. Lucie, Fla. will be Ashley Grier (Hagerstown, Md.) of Columbia Country Club, Yong Joo (Bristow, Va.) of Broad Run Golf & Practice Facility, Pleasant Hughes, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.) of Chevy Chase Club, and Todd Larson (Charlottesville, Va.) of Farmington Country Club. Larson defeated Andrew Hardin (Chevy Chase, Md.) of Columbia Country Club in a two-hole sudden death playoff for the fifth spot.
Hardin along with fellow professionals Jaime Gylan (Baltimore, Md.) and Paul Bedigian (Hagerstown, Md.) will hold alternate spots for the National PGA Assistant Championship in the event that one of the qualifiers is unable to attend. Gylan was the 2012 MAPGA champion and is a PGA Apprentice Professional at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club (Leesburg, Va.). Bedigian is an Assistant Professional at Fountain Head Country Club (Hagerstown, Md.).
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