The 2012 Southwest Section Southern Chapter PGA Pro-Assistant and Pro-Pro Championship, sponsored by Club Car, and hosted by the Heritage Highlands Golf Club. This unique event, with two tournaments wrapped into one, consists of professionals playing on multiple teams in a better-ball format.
The Pro-Assistant Championship found a pair of teams tied at the top forcing a sudden-death play-off. The team from Ventana Canyon, with head professional Brandon Smith and assistant J.D. Lindberg, headed to the first tee for extra holes against Danny Medina, head professional at Tucson National and his assistant Justin Bubser.
After two of their drives found the desert, it was down to Medina and Lindberg. Medina’s approach shot was hole high 20 feet for birdie, with Lindberg knocking his to within 6 feet of the hole. Medina came up short on his 20 footer, so Lindberg took the opportunity to seal the championship by sinking the birdie putt to win the Pro-Assistant Championship.
Lindberg’s solid putting carried over into the Pro-Pro team scoring as well. Teaming up with his fellow co-worker, assistant professional Patrick McNew, the two posted a team better-ball score of -6 under par 66, which was good enough for a one stroke victory. The ironic thing was that Lindberg beat out his head professional and fellow partner from the Pro-Assistant round, Brandon Smith and his partner, the Director of Instruction from Ventana Canyon, Dave Simm.