Champions Tour update: Dunlap, Hart earn spots in q-school playoff

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Scott Dunlap secured a spot in Champions Tour q-school with a par on the first playoff hole.
November 25, 2013
By Champions Tour staff

Wes Short, Jr. (Austin, Texas) won the weather-delayed Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale and the $30,000 check. Short, the 36- and 54-hole leader, posted a 3-under 68 in the final round and his 72-hole total of 20-under 264, tied an all-time Champions Tour record for a four-round qualifier, originally set by Jeff Freeman at this same venue two years ago. Mike Reid (Westminster, Md.) and Canadian Jim Rutledge (Victoria, B.C.) were T2, five strokes back. The last two fully exempt spots, as well as several conditionally-exempt positions, were decided in playoffs. Scott Dunlap (Duluth, Ga.) and Jeff Hart (Solona Beach, Calif.) secured the fourth and fifth positions after both made pars on the first playoff hole. Short, the 2005 Michelin Championship winner on the PGA TOUR, turns 50 on December 4 and will be fully exempt on the 2014 Champions Tour.

Even though the 2013 season is complete, Champions Tour professionals appeared at events around the world last week. Vijay Singh competed in the World Cup at Royal Melbourne, David Frost returned to his native South Africa for his national championship and Tom Watson made an appearance at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour. Ten players – Tommy Armour III, Mark Brooks, Olin Browne, John Cook, Tom Purtzer, Scott Simpson, Joey Sindelar, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf and Mark Wiebe – also teed it up at the Callaway Invitational at Pebble Beach, with Brooks finishing the best of the group, tied for fifth, six strokes behind the winner Kevin Kisner.

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Three major charity announcements from Champions Tour tournaments occurred last week. Rocco Mediate, along with Brad Shaw from Shaw Communications and the Patron Group – the Calgary-based team who instigated the Shaw Charity Classic – announced the inaugural event raised $2,267,251 for charities in southern Alberta, Canada. The contribution is the single largest charitable donation in Champions Tour history. Tournament officials from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai presented $55,000 to the Rotary Club of Kona, which has played an integral role in helping to organize volunteer corps since the tournament began in 1997. Representatives from local children’s charity organizations received $245,370 in donations from the 2013 Wendy’s Walk for Kids, an annual charity event held at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open.

Bobby Clampett is the third PGA Professional to graduate from the PGA Master Professional Program 2.0 – the highest educational designation a PGA member can attain. He is also the first PGA TOUR or Champions Tour professional to be certified in instruction through this advanced program.

“I really prepared hard for this q-school and felt like my game was back in pretty good shape when I got here this week.” – Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament winner Wes Short, Jr.

“As a dad, I’m really proud of what he accomplished. As a golfer, it was hard not to be impressed.” – Olin Browne caddied for his son, Olin Browne, Jr., who successfully navigated the second stage of q-school and advanced to the Final Stage set for Dec. 12-17.

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