Blacklick, OH – Caleb Wittig, PGA of Zanesville Country Club won a drawn-out 44th SOPGA Assistants Championship in a playoff over Austin Eccleton of Heritage Club. Both players were forced to wait an extra week to wrap up the tournament after weather forced a cancelation of play after the 36 regulation holes.
Both players took very different routes to their match 1-under-par totals of 143. Wittig got off to a rough start with a first round 76 before roaring back with a 67 in his afternoon round. Eccleton, on the other hand, started with a 69 in the morning before firing a 74 in the afternoon to finish in a tie. After play was postponed, both players agreed to meet back at Jefferson Golf & Country Club a week later to decide the final in a playoff.
Wittig made quick work of the playoff after they finally got back out on the course, draining a birdie putt on the first hole to claim the victory. Both Wittig and Eccleton will have the opportunity to play at the national championship this November at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Thank you to Barry Hinckley, PGA and his staff for hosting and helping navigate the weather delays.