Snell takes state championship for assistant pros

Friday, August 2, 2013
Kevin Snell, the assistant professional at Buford Ellington Golf Course inside Henry Horton State Park holds the glass trophy he won with his victory in the National Car Rental Tennessee PGA Assistant Championship on July 30 at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville. Tribune Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Franklin, TN -- Kevin Snell of Eagleville, TN won the National Car Rental Tennessee PGA Assistant Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf Tuesday, July 30 at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, TN.

"This is probably as well as I've played all year for two rounds put together", said Snell, the assistant at Henry Horton State Park. "Holston Hills is one of my favorite courses to come play. I'm excited to go play in the Assistant National Championship down in Florida. I'd like to thank all the sponsors for this year's event as well as Holston Hills for hosting the championship."

National qualifier

By winning, Snell qualified for the 37th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf, Oct. 31 thru Nov. 3, at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its eighteenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.

Snell, 41, posted a final-round 69 for a tournament total of 136 and a 4-stroke victory over Parker Rush of Memphis, TN.

"I couldn't get my hands to stop shaking over my last putt", said Rush, the assistant at Memphis Country Club. "It was a great week at Holston Hills and I am very much looking forward to playing in the Assistant National Championship in Port St. Lucie."

Tourney facts

The 126-man field for this year's 37th edition of the PGA Assistant Championship consists of the top-4 finishers from last year's Championship, if eligible, as well as assistants and apprentices from a weighted average of total entries of the 41 PGA Sections.

The winner of the 37th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA Puma Golf earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The top-70 finishers and ties after the second round, will make the cut.