2013 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament Information

October 25, 2013
By Champions Tour staff

The field size at each Regional Qualifying Stage site is scheduled to be approximately 78 players. Regional Qualifying will be conducted at stroke play over 72 holes, with no reduction (cut) of the field. The number of players advancing from each Regional Qualifying Stage site to the Final Qualifying Stage will be on a pro rata basis (i.e., roughly the same percentage of players from each site will advance), and such number will be announced during the Regional Qualifying.

Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 5-8, 2013
Bear Creek Golf Club
Murrieta, Calif.

Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge
Winter Garden, Fla.

Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek
Montgomery, Texax

The field size at the Final Qualifying Stage is scheduled to be 78 players. The Final Qualifying Stage will be conducted at stroke play over 72-holes, with no reduction (cut) of the field.

Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 19-22, 2013
TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Prize Money: Prize money will be distributed among the top 30 finishers and those tied for 30th place at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Final Tournament as follows:
1st $30,000 5th $14,000 9th $8,000
2nd $20,000 6th $12,000 10th $7,000
3rd $18,000 7th $10,000 11th $6,000
4th $16,000 8th $ 9,000 12th $5,000
Event Qualifying Status (Finishers 13th through 30th and ties) $2,500 each

Final Qualifying Stage Exemptions:
a. The top five finishers (positions 1-5) in the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
b. The leading available player (to a floor of fifth position) on the 2013 European Seniors Tour Order of Merit through Oct. 27, 2013.
c. The leading available player (to a floor of fifth position) on the 2013 Japan Golf Tour Organization Seniors Tour Order of Merit through Oct. 27, 2013.
d. Those players not otherwise exempt who are in the Top 75 on the 2013 Champions Tour Official Money List through Oct. 27, 2013.
e. Those players not otherwise exempt who are in the Top 75 on the 2013 Champions Tour All-Time Money List through Oct. 27, 2013.
f. 2010 Forward: On a two-time only basis, players who (i) have won an official event (awarding official money and official victory status, excluding team events) on the PGA TOUR or the Champions Tour, or are a PGA TOUR Veteran Member (i.e., have a minimum of 150 career cuts in official money PGA TOUR events); and (ii) are 50 years of age or older, or will turn age 50 on or before the day of the first tournament obligation of the last five (5) or 20% (whichever is greater) full-field open tournaments of the 2014 season.

Alphabetical list of select players:

Mouse Bruner – Los Angeles, Calif.
Has been playing the European Senior Tour for the past 14 years.

Bradley Belcaster – La Grange, Ill.
Played on the University of Tampa golf team with current Champions Tour rules director Brian Claar. He founded his real estate group in 2006. He has won three Golf Channel Amateur Tour events.

Tim Balmer – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Played the Canadian Tour and Asian Tour in the 1990s. His previous jobs include working in the family A/C company, working construction, parking cars as a valet and driving a truck.

Remi Bouchard – Canada
Was a color commentator for the Montreal Championship each year on the Champions Tour. He won the India Open in 1989 and is the associate professional at Le Mirage GC, which is owned by Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelic.

Clark Burroughs – San Jose, Calif.
Played with former PGA TOUR winner Chris Perry at The Ohio State University where he was NCAA Champion in 1985. He was a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team that same year. He played 130 PGA TOUR events and posted four top-10s, including a runner-up finish to Steve Jones at the 1989 Canadian Open.

Raymond Caldwell – San Antonio, Texas
Says he shot 60 twice at Brackenridge GC. His father, Chuck, is in 13 music Halls of Fame and has played steel guitar with Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.

Michael Dagenais – Canada
A former Canadian National Long Drive champion who claims Moe Norman as a mentor. He played hockey in college and was invited to New York Rangers training camp in 1984.

Audie Dean – Centennial, Colo.
Achieved third degree black belt in martial arts. He played in the 2008 US Senior Open. He says his brother has Gold & Platinum records.

Marc Farry – France
Won on the European Tour in 1996 and has represented France seven times at the World Cup. He has two European Senior Tour victories.

Bob Friend – Pittsburgh, Pa.
Played golf at LSU with David Toms. He was a PGA TOUR member for several years in the 1990s, making 149 starts for three top-10s, including a playoff loss to Billy Andrade at the 1998 Canadian Open. His father pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Philip Golding – England
A former European Tour winner who won the Wales Senior Open in 2013.

Jeff Gardner – Fort Worth, Texas
A private investigator and Tae Kwon Do national champion.

Marc Girouard – Canada
The 2012 Quebec Senior Champion. His brother-in-law is Martin Brodeur, the goalie for the New Jersey Devils.

Mike Grob – Billings, Mont.
Played golf at the University of Arkansas with John Daly. He and his wife own a quick service restaurant called ‘The Pita Pit”. He made 49 career starts on the PGA TOUR and posted two top-10s in 2003, he also made 91 starts on the Web.com Tour. He claims he is the all-time leading money winner on the Canadian Tour (now PGA TOUR Canada).

Damon Green – Kissimmee, Fla.
Has combined caddying for Zach Johnson on the PGA TOUR with playing occasional events on the Champions Tour. He has won over 75 events on mini-tours. He was featured in a 1995 Nike TV commercial.

Michael Hendrixson – Mason, Ohio
Did not play college golf but attended medical school and is currently a physician specializing in internal medicine.

Jacky Hawthorne – Dallas, Texas
Has appeared on ESPN several times during his tournament fishing career.

Marc Hurtubise – Canada
Claims that ‘coming back from cancer in 2010 is his best victory.’ He has volunteered as a designated driver for 'Red Nose' in Quebec during the holidays the past four years. His brother, Laurent, has won the one-armed golf championship a few times and spoke on the Core Value ‘Perseverance’ during the Legends & Leaders program at the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open.

Ken Jarner – Las Vegas, Nev.
Played baseball in college and was the number 32 pick in the 1986 pro baseball free agent draft. He finished runner-up to PGA TOUR winner Scott Piercy in the 2007 Ultimate Game ($2 million winner take all).

Pete Jordan – Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Made 276 PGA TOUR starts for nine top-10 finishes and was runner-up four times in 161 starts on the Web.com Tour. He currently caddies for J.J. Henry on the PGA TOUR.

Warren Jurkowitz – Aventura, Fla,
A former poker player who was a Champions Tour member in 2011 and qualified for the 2013 Allianz Championship, where he finished T79.

Robert Kaindl – Redmond, Wash.
A well-known glass artist whose works are collected by Donald Trump, Elton John and Siegfried & Roy. He didn’t play golf until he was 38. He was a Re-Max Long Drive finalist several times. He was also a helicopter pilot, fixed-wing pilot and ship captain.

Wen-Teh Lu – Taiwan
A five-time winner on the Asian Tour.

Jack Larkin – Atlanta, Ga.
A wine broker who was also the 1979 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion. He played the Australasian Tour for a few years and spent 1992 on the Web.com Tour where he posted a runner-up finish at the Lake City Open. He got his amateur status back in 1995 and attempted to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Amateur with his son as his caddie. His wife is a Delta flight attendant.

Miguel Martin – Spain
Won the 1999 Moroccan Open on the European Tour.

Kirk Maynord – Midwest City, Okla.
Played college golf at Oklahoma State with current Champions Tour stars Willie Wood and Bob Tway. Since 1998, he has been President of a computer and I.T. brokering corporation. He competed in the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Senior Open.

John McHenry – Ireland
A former Irish Amateur champion, Walker Cup team member and European Tour member and was also the Director of Golf at the K Club during the 2006 Ryder Cup.

Jim Nelford – Canada
A former Canadian Amateur champion who also won the World Cup with Dan Halldorson in 1980. He made 289 PGA TOUR starts, posting 12 top-10s. He was seriously injured in a water-skiing accident in 1985. He wrote a book about his life called Seasons in a Golfer’s Life. He played two Champions Tour events in 2007.

Jaime Jose Nougues – Argentina
Was the Argentina National Amateur Champion in 1988 and has represented his country several times as an amateur. He is currently the general manager of a TV broadcast company in his hometown.

Gary Odom – Greenwood, S.C.
Retired from IBM in 2009 after 30 years as a senior project executive and associate partner. He was in the U.S. Air Force (active and reserve).

Charles Raulerson Jr. – Jacksonville, Fla.
A former PGA TOUR member who made 93 career starts and posted two top-10s, both in 1999 and both in Canada. He won twice on the Web.com Tour in 1998 where he made 120 career starts. He owns and operates the Fleming Island GC in Jacksonville.

Don Reese – Defuniak Springs, Fla.
Made 115 career starts on the PGA TOUR and posted one top-10 finish. He won once on the Web.com Tour (1991 Lake City Classic) and recorded 29 top-10s in 243 career starts.

Mark Rypien – Spokane, Wash.
Played 13 years in the NFL, mostly with the Washington Redskins and was named MVP of Superbowl XXVI. He also won the inaugural Celebrity Golf Classic televised by NBC in 1990.

Stephen Schneiter – Sandy, Utah
Family owns the Pebblebrook GC in Sandy. He won the 1995 PGA National Professional Championship. His grandfather and father both played the PGA TOUR.

Jim Schuman – Madison, Wis.
Played college golf at the University of Florida with Scott Dunlap and is currently the Director of Instruction at the Rick Smith Golf Academy in Scottsdale. His brother-in-law is PGA TOUR winner Jerry Kelly.

J. Kevin Sivage – Albuquerque, N.M.
Played on the golf team at New Mexico State with Champions Tour winner Bart Bryant. He owns Southwest Self Storage, LLC.

Ken Tarling – Canada
Competes on the European Senior Tour. He won the PGA of Australia Order of Merit in 2011.

Lance Ten Broeck – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Played 355 PGA TOUR events, posting 11 top-10 finishes. He finished T9 at the 2012 U.S. Senior Open. In 2009, he famously caddied and played in the Valero Texas Open, missing the cut but beating Jesper Parnevik for whom he caddied.

Craig Thomas – White Plains, N.Y.
Head golf pro at Metropolis CC and a former U.S. Marine who has caddied several times for Champions Tour pros Mark Calcavecchia and Ken Green.

Steen Tinning – Denmark
He played on the University of Texas golf team with major winner Mark Brooks and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. He’s a former winner on the European Tour and also a two-time winner on the European Senior Tour in 2013.

Gary Trivisonno – Aurora, Ohio
Played on the University of Alabama golf team with Jerry Pate and Steve Lowery. His brother, Mike, is a well-known radio talk show host at WTAM.

Michael Wolf – Evansville, Ind.
Gives about 50 golf lessons per week and is the author of an instruction book called “The Driven Golfer”. He grew up in the same town with Don Mattingly, former New York Yankees star and current Dodgers manager.

Kim Young – Oviedo, Fla.
He’s a former PGA TOUR member who made 96 career starts for one top-10 finish. He made 59 career starts on the Web.com Tour for seven top-10s, including one win (1990 Dakota Dunes Open). He’s won over 200 mini-tour events. He donates a portion of his earnings from giving lessons to Wounded Warriors and animal rescue initiatives.