The 2016 Season came to a close on Sunday the 13th
of November with the conclusion of the Golf Week Amateur Golf Tour National
Championship in Hilton Head, SC. The
Charlotte tour was represented by over 50 local members and did they make our
tour proud with strong performances across the board in every flight. With that type of play, the Charlotte tour took
home the TEAM trophy for the 3rd straight year. Charlotte’s team total of 2492 was 43 better
than Arkansas who finished in 2nd. Here are the Highlights.
1st Place: Jay
Place: Joe Jaspers
Place: Mike Gentry
3rd Place: John Ervin
T-5th Place: Tom
10th Place: Mike Kim
12th Place: Mark Sikes
Place: Michael Martin
Edwin Watts Two Man Challenge:
Champ Flight :
1st Place: David Schmidt and
Jay Barnes (452)
2nd Place: Joe Jaspers and
Jim Aughtry (456)
1st Place: Tom Chambers and
Randy Hodges (479):
2nd Place: John Ervin and
Jason Breedlove (482)
4th Place: John Ervin and
Joe Zabrecky (484)
Place: Mark Sikes and Juan Restrepo
2016 National Team Cup:
the team competition, the Charlotte, NC Tour won for the third straight year by
posting a 2,492 total. That was good enough to hold off the Arkansas Tour by 43
shots at 2535.
FL placed third at 2,541 while the Central Carolina Tour was just behind at
2,541. The Michigan East Tour rounded out the top five with a 2,555
Along with the individual Competition the National
Championship also runs an optional skins game for each flight and again the
Charlotte team did well.
The following people won skins worth $700 or more. John Page (Friday and Saturday), Chuck Young, Ken
Young, Jim Aughtry and Al Iverson. Joe
Jaspers and Charles Devenney each won $350 and James Burrell
won a cool $240. Even if you don’t play
well individually there always a chance to cash in with one good swing-putt.
As many know, the National Championship took a little longer
to be held due to the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Being on the island during this competition
opened my eyes to the damage caused by the storm. The News reports and national accounts do not
allow you to see the damage that was experienced all over the island. The cleanup continues and Hilton Head will be
back to what it was is over the coming months.
A great deal of thanks should be conveyed to Jennifer and
Dennis McCormac and their team for pulling this
together amongst all the chaos. I’d like
to mention a few others that many never hear about.
Tim Newman (DC Metro) who without his efforts, the intern
program would not be in existence. The interns we’re involved with a number of
tasks to make the tournament run as smooth as possible. From checking in players to entering all 600+
scores (hole by hole) into the scoring systems.
Susan Geller (Hilton Head, Savannah) who put in countless
hours with Jennifer before during and after to ensure that all money collected
was accounted and dispersed correctly for all flights. Seeing them work on Friday night to make sure
everything balanced was pretty significant task.
Lastly a big thanks need to be shared with Jamy Gillan
(Michigan, East and West) for his scoring system being used behind the
scenes. As many know, Jamy is behind the
Live Scoring system that we used at the Southern Regional in Kiawah and at
Piper Glen earlier this year. Jamy was
also instrumental in helping Dennis in securing the courses for the National
Championship when the Hurricane made changes necessary.
Season Long Champions:
Champ Flight – Joe Jaspers
A Flight – Randy Hodges
B Flight – Terry Upright
C Flight – John Page
D Flight – Vince Johnson
Looking forward to a great 2017 season. Please be on the
lookout for the upcoming season schedule to be released soon.