Notes: Final Qualifying Stage to be contested at TPC Scottsdale from Nov. 19-22Gene Jones finished in first place in the Florida Regional and will advance to the Finals.November 11, 2013
Champions Tour Regional Qualifying was conducted at three sites last week - Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif., Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla., and Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek in Montgomery, Texas. Former PGA TOUR player Lance Ten Broeck shot 277 over four rounds to post the best score in Texas. Others advancing in Texas included Santiago Luna and Miguel Martin, both former European Tour winners. In Florida, last year’s Qualifying School medalist Gene Jones (275) won by a stroke over Bob Friend, who played golf at LSU with major champion David Toms (276). A further shot back was Doug Dunakey (277), who once shot 59 on the Web.com Tour in 1998. Damon Green, caddie for former Masters champion Zach Johnson, also advanced to the final stage via the Florida site. At the California site, Jeff Brehaut and Scott Dunlap shared first place with a 282 total, while T.C. Chen, famous for his double-hit at the 1985 U.S. Open won by Andy North, was among those who also advanced.
Four Champions Tour professionals competed in last week’s McGladery Classic on the PGA TOUR. Jose Coceres and Vijay Singh missed the cut by a stroke, while Fred Funk and Mark Calcavecchia missed by two.
The Final Qualifying Stage at TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course (Nov. 19-22) is scheduled to be 78 players.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
“Next year is a big year. I’m going to practice. I’m going to be ready. My goal is to win the Schwab Cup.” – Fred Couples response when asked about his schedule for 2014.
16.98 – Fred Couples winning percentage on the Champions Tour since 2010, the best percentage of any player since that year. Bernhard Langer (12.35) and Kenny Perry (10.00) have the 2nd and 3rd best winning percentages after Couples.
ON THIS DATE
11/13/94 – Raymond Floyd birdies the fifth extra hole to defeat Jim Albus to win the GOLF MAGAZINE SENIOR TOUR Championship. It was the 400th Champions Tour event played.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2013, Bernhard Langer earned the Arnold Palmer Award as leading money winner with $2,448,428. Langer also recorded the most top-10 finishes (18), the most birdies (331), the most sub-70 rounds (51) and the most sub-par rounds (59) during the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“Has anybody ever won the (Charles Schwab) Cup and then gone over and won the Fed Ex (Cup)?” – Kenny Perry asks the media a question after claiming the Charles Schwab Cup and reminding them he is still exempt for the PGA TOUR.
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