January 02, 2012
Champions Tour Week in Review
CHAMPIONS TOUR UPDATE - Week of November 7
The Champions Tour season is complete. The Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament Finals are scheduled for November 15-18 at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. The top five finishers will receive fully exempt status for the 2012 Champions Tour season while finishers 6-12 will gain conditional status. The top-30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events on the 2012 Champions Tour. Last year, Keith Clearwater was the medalist. After finishing No. 97 on the 2011 money list, Clearwater will tee it up at TPC Scottsdale.
Jay Don Blake won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the first player to win the Champions Tour's season finale in his first appearance since Mark McNulty in 2004. Blake took a two-shot lead into the final round and never relinquished it, winning by two over Michael Allen, Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas and Loren Roberts. Tom Lehman finished T18 but did enough to capture the season-long Charles Schwab Cup by 74 points over Calcavecchia.
Jay Don Blake's win at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship was his second title in his last five appearances (Songdo IBD Championship in Korea) on the Champions Tour.
Jay Don Blake (2) joined Tom Lehman (3), John Cook (3) and Fred Couples (2) as the fourth multiple winner on the Champions Tour in 2011.
Jay Don Blake's victory at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship marked the fourth consecutive year the winner has come from the last group. Blake also continued a trend on the Champions Tour. The tournament winner has come from the last group in every event since the Senior British Open in mid-July, a string of 10 straight events. In all 18 of 24 tournament winners played in the final group during the season.
Mark Wiebe posted the sixth hole-in-one in tournament history when he aced No. 3 with in Friday's second round. It was also the sixth ace on the Champions Tour in 2011.
Champions Tour professionals carded a total of six eagles during the Charles Schwab Cup Championship which helped raise $75,000 for the area First Tee programs under Chevron's Eagles for Education fund. The money recognizes the number of students that attended the Eagles Nest and Stem Zone during the tournament. Since the 2010 Chevron World Challenge the Eagles for Education program has raised $750,000, giving thousands of kids "a better shot" at an education."
United StatesPresidents Cup Captain Fred Couples named fellow Champions Tour professional John Cook as Captain's Assistant for the upcoming Presidents Cup matches. Michael Jordan, who was named along with Jay Haas as a Captain's Assistant for The Presidents Cup 2011, won't attend the matches due to pending responsibilities as majority owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
Englishman Gary Wolstenholme won the Australian Senior Open at Lake Karrinyup CC last week, shooting a final-round 69 to beat Australian Terry Price by one stroke. Australian Rodger Davis finished two shots back in third.
FormerUniversity of Houston standout Fred Couples was among 10 athletes/coaches recently selected for induction next year into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2011 Gary Player Invitational in Shanghai, China was a success raising more than $2 million to help benefit children who have been affected by AIDS throughout China. It marks the fifth year that the event has been conducted.