Written by Ethan Brady

Zylstra Places First at NCR Assistants Champ.

Just after winning the State Open of Virginia, Ryan Zylstra has won the 2017 National Car Rental Assistants Championship at the Country Club at Woodmore.

Ryan Zylstra with the Bill Clarke Trophy

Zylstra, of Federal Club in Richmond, finished the day with a 69, giving him a two-day total 6-under-par 138. He maintained a bogey-free round until the 17th hole, his first of the tournament.

He maintained a bogey-free round until the 17th hole, his first of the tournament. Twice, Zylstra saved par from over 20 feet on holes 13 and 14.

It wasn’t the only good news of the day as Zylstra learned this morning his wife is expecting to give birth to their first child, Jaxson, tonight.

“My wife told me to finish the round and then come to the hospital,” Zylstra said. “Now I’ve got a three-hour drive ahead of me and can’t wait to get going.”

Zylstra made sure to send updates and pictures of him with the trophy as he quickly left among his competitor’s congratulations for both his tournament win and expected child.

Zylstra tees off on No. 1.

In the first round of the tournament, Zylstra trailed James Grem, of Eagle’s Nest Country Club, by one stroke and finished with a 69.

Grem finished second with a two-day total 3-over-143 and led the field with nine birdies.

The top-five finishers today earned entry into the 2017 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The event will feature the nation’s best Assistant Professionals this upcoming November.

The MAPGA’s five representatives will be Ryan Zylstra, James Grem, Josh Apple, Brian Anderson and Daniel Bengtson. Bengtson parred both holes 10 and 18 to win the last qualifying place over Kent Graham.

Results from today’s tournament also decided the MAPGA Central and Northern Chapter Assistants Championships.

Josh Apple, Central Chapter Champion

Josh Apple is the 2017 Central Chapter Assistants Champion with his even-par finish and two-hole playoff victory over Patrick Gogoel.

Matt Summers finished 2-under to earn the 2017 Northern Chapter Assistants Championship. He placed T-15 in the NCR Assistants Championship.

Leaderboards

NCR Assistants Champ

Central Chapter Assistants Championship

Northern Chapter Assistants Championship

Upcoming Events

The MAPGA Women’s Championship will be played next Monday at Glenn Dale Golf Club.

The MAPGA Professional Championship will be played Aug. 14-16 at Farmington Country Club and Spring Creek Country Club.