Champions Crowned after National Finals at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale
(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – After several months of hard-fought competition contested on 26 courses, spanning eight states and drawing more than 1,000 amateur golfers, the 2014 Troon Challenge recently culminated with an exciting National Finals Event held at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Troon Challenge is a series of amateur golf tournaments hosting two-person, modified best-ball (shamble) competitions at world-class Troon Golf® facilities across the United States. Beginning in April 2014, two-player teams competed in local qualifying events with a record total of 48 teams (96 players) eventually vying for the championship at the Troon North-hosted finals event held August 23-24, 2014.
In the Gross division, the team of Michael Kaufman and Jason Moore, who qualified for the finals at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz., got off to a hot start by shooting a blistering 62 on Troon North’s Monument course. The 10-under par round was good enough for a one stroke lead with several other teams just a couple shots shy. Teams arrived for round two on Sunday knowing that in order to win, they would need to post a great number on the Pinnacle course. The battle was fierce and in the end, the team of Chad Hossack and Sean O’Malley, who qualified at The Boulders in Carefree, Ariz., came through shooting 61. This gave them a two-day total of 127 which was good enough to tie Kaufman and Moore. Hossack and O’Malley’s stellar day-two round led them to victory in a scorecard playoff!
In the Net division, the team of Philip Bowker and Tommy Harrison, who qualified at Palmilla Beach Golf Club in Port Aransas, Texas, took a commanding lead after shooting 60 in round one. On Sunday, several teams made a strong effort to catch Bowker and Harrison, but their score of 62 showed they would not let up. Their two-day total of 122 led them to an eight-shot victory. The battle for second place came right down to the end with five teams finishing within a shot of each other.
“Congratulations to all of the champions and of course all of the national finalists, as they all were ‘winners’ as they got the chance to come to Scottsdale and compete in this National Finals,” stated Kris Strauss, vice president, sales and marketing, Troon. “The Troon Challenge delivers a fun and competitive environment for amateur golfers at many of our prominent courses across the country. With the support of our sponsors and loyal golf followers, this event will continue to grow as an important element of our ‘Play Troon’ initiative, designed to grow the game of golf by offering players a diverse range of playing options.”
2014 Troon Challenge National Finals Results
*1st – Chad Hossack & Sean O’Malley (The Boulders): 66-61 = 127
2nd – Michael Kaufman & Jason Moore (The Phoenician): 62-65 = 127
3rd – Mike Bristoll & Jake Sessions (Whirlwind Golf Club): 67-62 = 129
4th – David Bates & Pete Lugowski (Troon North Golf Club): 64-65 = 129
5th – Steve Blackford & Joseph Fox (Golf Club of Estrella): 64-66 = 130
1st – Philip Bowker & Tommy Harrison (Palmilla Beach Golf Club): 60-62 = 122
2nd – Mark Nelson & Dale Banda (Yocha Dehe Golf Club): 68-62 = 130
3rd – Tim Christensen & Warren Nichols (Poston Butte Golf Club): 69-61 = 130
4th – Ryan Beeney & Joe Cuff (Lookout Mountain Golf Club): 65-66 = 131
5th – Ray Williams & Peter Dallas (PGA West): 67-64 = 131
*- Team won on first playoff hole
The 2014 Troon Challenge is presented by Callaway Golf, along with supporting partners that include Imperial Headwear (featured as the events official headwear sponsor), TRUE linkswear, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, THINQ Golf, Mobicoach, Pepsi, American Hole ‘n One and Infiniti of Scottsdale.
For more information on the 2014 Troon Challenge presented by Callaway Golf, visit www.TroonChallenge.com or search #TroonChallenge14.