LANTANA – Dean Larsson, an assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, dominated the 2008 Northern Texas Section (NTPGA) TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Assistant Championship and earned a spot in the field at the 2008 TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA National Assistant Professional Championship with a 66-69 – 135 (9-under par) total.
Larsson’s five shot victory came as no surprise in the blistering heat as he won the Assistant Championship in 2007 by three shots. Larsson will lead three other Section PGA Assistant Professionals in the 2008 TaylorMade–adidas Golf PGA National Assistant Professional Championship scheduled for October 30 – November 2, 2008 at The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Qualifying along with Larsson were three Preston Trail Golf Club assistant professionals. Jeffrey Barton shot a total of 4-under par, 140 to finish alone in second place. Tied for third place were Brian Ricketts and Travis Johns with totals of 3-under par, 141.
The National Championship field will be comprised of 120 of the top assistant/apprentice professionals from each of the 41 PGA of America Sections. The NTPGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Assistant Championship also served as a team qualifier for the 2008 James P. Jordan Cup Matches to be held on November 3-4, 2008 at Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kansas. This "Ryder Cup" style event is conducted annually between a team of twelve PGA assistant golf professionals from the Northern Texas Section and the South Central Section of the PGA of America. Larsson earned an exemption onto the NTPGA James P. Jordan Cup Team for his victory.
The NTPGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Assistant Championship was conducted at Lantana Golf Club, a 7,147-yard par 72 course located in Lantana, Texas. TaylorMade-adidas Golf is the title sponsor of the Championship. A field of 59 assistant golf professionals competed for a share of the $6,000.00 purse. Larsson took home $720.00 for his victory.
Dean Larsson, Bent Tree Country Club, 66-69--135
Jeffrey Barton, Preston Trail Golf Club, 70-70--140
Brian Ricketts, Preston Trail Golf Club, 72-69--141
Travis Johns, Preston Trail Golf Club, 70-71--141
Bruce Smith, Fazio at Stonebriar, 71-71--142