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2015 Results
Top Three Males

  1. Don Parsons – 16:49
  2. Kory Gray – 17:47
  3. Andrew McIver – 17:50

Top Three Females

  1. Tina Morrison – 18:46
  2. Rita Dorry – 19:12
  3. Carrie Hughston – 19:41

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Corporate Challenge Results

Congratulations to SAS who has won a Corporate Night at a Carolina Hurricanes Game!

2015 Live Fearless 5k Corporate Challenge Results
Category #1: Number of total registrations per company
Company Number of Registrations Point Total
BCBSNC 189 1
SAS 123 0
Category #2: Percentage of total registrants who ran in the race
Company Percent Run Point Total
BCBSNC 59% 0
SAS 87% 1
Category #3: Total time of top 3 finishers
Company Total Time Point Total
BCBSNC 57:05 0
SAS 55:25 1
Final Standings Total Points Place
SAS 2 1st
BCBSNC 1 2nd

2013 Champions Tour Schedule

2013 Champions Tour Schedule & Results

Date Event Winner Total purse
Jan. 18 –
Jan. 20
Mitsubishi Electric Championship
Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii
John Cook (-17) $1,800,000
Feb. 8 –
Feb. 10
Allianz Championship
Boca Raton, Florida
Rocco Mediate (-1) $1,800,000
Feb. 15 –
Feb. 17
ACE Group Classic
Naples, Florida
Bernhard Langer (-12)  $1,600,000
Mar. 15 –
Mar. 17
Toshiba Classic
Newport Beach, California
David Frost (-19)  $1,750,000
Mar. 22 –
Mar. 24
Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Saucier, Mississippi
Michael Allen (-11)  $1,600,000

Apr. 19 – Apr. 21

Greater Gwinnett Championship
Duluth, GA
Bernhard Langer (-10)  $1,800,000
Apr. 26 –
Apr. 28
Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
Savannah, Georgia
Brad Faxon & Jeff Sluman (-23)  $2,700,000
May. 3 –
May. 5
Insperity Championship
The Woodlands, Texas
Esteban Toledo (-6)  $1,800,000
May. 23 –
May. 26
Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid Kohki Idoki (-11)  $2,000,000
May 31 –
Jun. 2
Principal Charity Classic
Des Moines, Iowa
Russ Cochran (-11)  $1,750,000
Jun. 6 –
Jun. 9
Regions Tradition
Birmingham, Alabama
David Frost ( -16) $2,200,000
Jun. 21 –
Jun. 23
Encompass Championship Craig Stadler (-13) $1,800,000
Jun. 27 –
Jun. 30
Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kenny Perry (-19) $2,700,000
Jul. 11-
Jul. 14
U.S. Senior Open Championship Kenny Perry (-13)  $2,600,000
Jul. 25 –
Jul. 28
Senior British Open Championship Mark Wiebe (-9) $2,000,000
Aug. 2 –
Aug. 4
3M Championship
Blaine, Minnesota
Tom Pernice Jr. (-17)  $1,750,000
Aug. 16 –
Aug. 18
Dick's Sporting Goods Open
Endicott, New York
Bart Bryant (-16)  $1,800,000
Aug. 23 –
Aug. 25
Boeing Classic
Snoqualmie, Washington
John Riegger (-15)  $2,000,000
Aug. 30 – Sep. 1 Calgary Golf Classic
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Rocco Mediate (-22) $2,000,000
Sep. 6 – Sep. 8 Montreal Championship
Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Canada
Esteban Toledo (-5)  $1,6000,000
Sep. 20 –
Sep. 22
Pacific Links Hawaii Championship
Oahu, Hawaii
Mark Wiebe (-11) $1,800,000
Sep. 27 –
Sep. 29
Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula, CA

Kirk Triplett (-11)

Oct. 11 –
Oct. 13
SAS Championship
Cary, North Carolina

Russ Cochran (-17)

Oct. 18 –
Oct. 20
Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn
Conover, North Carolina
Michael Allen (-13)  $1,600,000
Oct. 25 –
Oct. 27
AT&T Championship
San Antonio, Texas
Kenny Perry (-5) $1,900,000
Oct. 31 –
Nov. 3
Charles Schwab Cup Championship
San Francisco, CA
Nov. 12 –
Nov. 15
Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament   $200,000

Congrats to 2012 Champion Bernhard Langer

SAS Championship
Final-Round Notes – Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weather: Cloudy and cool with highs in the upper 50s. Winds were from the NNW at 5-15 mph. The start of play was delayed for 1 ½ hours due to thunderstorms passing through the area. The course received 3/10ths of an inch of rain. Lift, clean and place rules were in effect.

Final Results:

1 Bernhard Langer 203/-13
2 Jay Don Blake 205/-11
3 Mark Wiebe 206/-10
T4 Fred Funk 207/-9
  Tommy Armour III 207/-9
T6 Kenny Perry 208/-8
  Andrew Magee 208/-8
  Larry Nelson 208/-8
  Steve Pate 208/-8

1.         Bernhard Langer      203/-13

2.         Jay Don Blake           205/-11

3.         Mark Wiebe               206/-10

T4       Fred Funk                   207/-9

            Tommy Armour III     207/-9

T6       Kenny Perry               208/-8

            Andrew Magee         208/-8

            Larry Nelson             208/-8

            Steve Pate                 208/-8

Some clutch putting on the back nine by Bernhard Langer was the difference as Langer posted his second win of the 2012 season by two strokes over Jay Don Blake. Langer one-putted five of his last six holes, including a 15-foot birdie putt at No 13 and another 15-footer to save par at No. 16. Langer also drained a 7-footer at No. 18 to give him a two-stroke margin over Blake to help seal his win. Langer, who posted a 5-under-par 30 on the front nine, took the lead on the back nine when Fred Funk, the leader at the time, bogeyed No. 11. Moments later, Langer made his birdie at No. 13 to move two in front and held on from there.

The victory was the 16th of Bernhard Langer’s Champions Tour career and he is now tied with Jay Haas for 15th place on the all-time list.

With 315 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race added to his resume, Bernhard Langer moved into the lead in the race with 2,208 points, 69 better than Tom Lehman, who had led it for the last eight weeks. Lehman did not play this week. Roger Chapman (1,756), Michael Allen (1,556) and Fred Couples (1,530) round out the top five.

The win earned Langer a check for $315,000 and it also moved him into first place on the 2012 Champions Tour money list with $1,818,896 ahead of Michael Allen ($1,577,878), who had lead that category for 13 of the last 15 weeks.

With his second win this year (he won the 3M Championship in August), Langer has now posted multiple wins in four of the six years he has been on the Champions Tour. With current earnings of $1,818,896, he could also post a fourth season in which he has earned at least $2 million.

Bernhard Langer’s closing-round 9-under-par 63 was the best closing round by a winner of this event. He erased the previous mark of 66 set in 2001 by Bruce Lietzke and later matched by five others.

Bernhard Langer’s two-stroke victory marked the eighth time in the 12-year history of this event that the winner has posted a victory by multiple strokes.

With just two full-field events remaining, players continue to battle for one of the coveted top-30 spots in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Oct. 29-Nov. 4. A year ago, the player in the No. 30 spot had earned $552,390 heading into the season finale. So far, through 21 events, 27 players have surpassed that figure. Below is a rundown on the players in positions 25-35.




2012 Earnings


Russ Cochran



Mike Goodes



Chien Soon Lu



Mark Wiebe



Larry Mize



Mark McNulty



Tom Kite

$463,813 (-$27,606)


Joey Sindelar

$462,433 (-$28,986)


David Eger

$449,638 (-$41,781)


Steve Pate

$446,643 (-$44,776)


John Huston

$441,892 (-$49,527)

Larry Nelson finished T6, his best showing in a Champions Tour event since he was T3 at the 2010 AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

Tommy Armour III posted his first top-10 finish of the year when he closed with a 6-under-par 66 to finish T4.

Mark Wiebe’s third-place finish allowed him to make a nice jump on the money list, moving from 34th a week ago to 28th thanks to a check for $151,200.   

Andrew Magee stretched his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 215 before he three-putted No. 8 on Sunday which is now the third-longest streak this year on the Champions Tour. Corey Pavin had 260 at one point and Loren Roberts had a run of 210 without a three-putt.   

Andrew Magee was not the only player to see his three-putt streak come to a close. Willie Wood increased his streak to 212 before a three-putt No. 13.

Neal Lancaster finished T25 in his Champions Tour debut.

Mark O’Meara recorded his fifth straight top-10 finish with his T9 finish. O’Meara earned $45,150 for his finish but he was unable to move up on the 2012 money list from his 36th position from the previous week. He’ll have two more full-field events to try to qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, AZ for the top-30 players on the 2012 money list. O’Meara missed over four months with a rib injury. O’Meara has continued to move up the money list from the 89th position he was in just prior to his return at the 3M Championship in August. In his last five starts he has earned $356,935 ($71,387 per start) and has moved up 63 places to his current 36th place on the money list during his run. He is $80,930 away from the 30th position heading to Hickory.

Defending champion Kenny Perry finished T6 in defense of his title.

The field averaged 71.552 for the event, more than a stroke lower than a year ago (72.657). No. 4 was the hardest hole at 4.142, while No. 17 was the easiest at 4.377 (-.623), the third easiest on Tour in 2012.  

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Final Round Tee Times

SAS Championship
Final Round Pairings
Sunday, October 7, 2012

1st Tee

10:30 AM Willie Wood Edmond, OK   69-74 143
  Bob Niger El Dorado, CA   69-74 143
  David Peoples Germantown, TN   70-73 143
10:39 AM John Cook Windermere, FL   72-71 143
  Roger Chapman Ascot, England   72-71 143
  Chip Beck Lake Forest, IL   73-70 143
10:49 AM Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL   72-71 143
  Peter Senior Queensland, Australia   72-71 143
  Duffy Waldorf Northridge, CA   71-72 143
10:58 AM Tom Jenkins Austin, TX   69-73 142
  Bob Gilder Corvallis, OR   74-68 142
  Gene Sauers Savannah, GA   68-74 142
11:08 AM Bob Tway Edmond, OK   71-71 142
  Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ   70-72 142
  Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL   69-73 142
11:17 AM Tom Byrum Richmond, TX   73-68 141
  Loren Roberts Memphis, TN   69-72 141
  John Harris Minneapolis, MN    72-70 142
11:27 AM Neal Lancaster Smithfield, NC   72-69 141
  Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ   71-70 141
  Tommy Armour III Las Colinas, TX   71-70 141
11:36 AM Steve Jones Tempe, AZ   73-67 140
  Bernhard Langer* Munich, Germany   68-72 140
  D.A. Weibring Frisco, TX   71-70 141
11:46 AM Gary Hallberg Castle Rock, Co   68-71 139
  Russ Cochran Paducah, KY   66-73 139
  Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO   70-70 140
11:55 AM Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK   70-69 139
  Mike Reid Westminster, MD   69-70 139
  Kenny Perry Franklin, KY   68-71 139
12:05 PM Mark O'Meara Houston, TX   69-69 138
  Mark Wiebe Denver, CO   69-69 138
  John Huston Palm Harbor, FL   71-68 139
12:14 PM Andrew Magee Paradise Valley, AZ   67-70 137
  Larry Nelson* Marietta, GA   72-66 138
  Mark McNulty Orlando, FL   70-68 138
12:24 PM Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 67-69 136
  Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA   67-69 136
  Jay Don Blake St. George, UT   67-70 137

10th Tee


10:30 AM David Eger Charlotte, NC   73-70 143
  Ted Schulz Louisville, KY   69-74 143
  Mike Goodes Brown Summit, NC   73-70 143
10:39 AM Allen Doyle La Grange, GA   68-75 143
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL   71-73 144
  Scott Simpson San Diego, CA   72-72 144
10:49 AM Brad Faxon Barrington, RI   72-72 144
  Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL   71-73 144
  Rod Spittle Columbus, OH   72-72 144
10:58 AM Hale Irwin* Paradise Valley, AZ   70-74 144
  Joel Edwards Irving, TX   73-71 144
  Wayne Levi Naples, FL   69-75 144
11:08 AM Ben Bates Pensacola, FL   74-70 144
  Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL   75-69 144
  Mark Brooks Austin, TX   75-69 144
11:17 AM Larry Mize Columbus, GA   70-75 145
  Jim Rutledge Victoria, Canada   72-73 145
  Bruce Fleisher Greenville, SC   70-75 145
11:27 AM Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA   73-72 145
  Fuzzy Zoeller Floyds Knobs, IN   74-71 145
  Dick Mast Forest, VA   75-70 145
11:36 AM Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ   72-74 146
  Olin Browne Tequesta, FL   73-73 146
  Gil Morgan Edmond, OK   74-72 146
11:46 AM Corey Pavin Dallas, TX   74-72 146
  Eduardo Romero Cordoba, Argentina   75-71 146
  Bobby Clampett Raleigh, NC   76-70 146
11:55 AM Jim Gallagher, Jr. Greenwood, MS   73-74 147
  Dana Quigley West Palm Beach, FL 73-74 147
  Sandy Lyle* Perthshire, Scotland   73-74 147
12:05 PM Curtis Strange* Morehead City, NC   74-73 147
  Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan   70-78 148
  Jeff Freeman Windermere, Fl   74-74 148
12:14 PM Mike Hulbert Orlando, FL   72-77 149
  Gene Jones Orlando, FL   72-77 149
  Rick Fehr Anthem, AZ   76-73 149
12:24 PM Mike McCullough Scottsdale, AZ   74-76 150
  David Frost Paarl, South Africa   71-80 151
  Stan Utley Scottsdale, AZ   77-74 151
12:33 PM Dan Forsman Provo, UT   72-80 152
  Joe Daley Scottsdale, AZ   78-75 153

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Saturday Recap


Second-Round Notes – Saturday, October 6, 2012


Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the low 80s with winds from the SW at 5-10 mph. Lift, clean and place rules were in effect on first hole only.

Current Leaderboard:

T1 Steve Pate 136/-8
T1 Fred Funk 136/-8
T3 Jay Don Blake 137/-7
T3 Andrew Magee 137/-7
T5 Larry Nelson 138/-6
T5 Mark McNulty 138/-6
T5 Mark O'Meara 138/-6
T5 Mark Wiebe 138/-6


A seven-time Champions Tour winner and a player seeking his Tour title share the 36-hole lead at the SAS Championship. Fred Funk, who won his seventh title earlier this year at the Insperity Championship, and Steve Pate, winless in his previous 34 starts on the Champions Tour, share the lead at 8-under-par 136 at the Prestonwood Country Club. Jay Don Blake and Andrew Magee are just one stroke back, while 65-year-old Larry Nelson leads a quartet of players two back.

The forecast for Sunday’s final round is calling for mostly cloudy and cooler weather with a chance of showers. Highs are expected only to be around 60 with winds from the N at 5-15 mph with higher gusts possible.

The winner of Sunday’s event will garner 315 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Tom Lehman continues to lead with 2,139 points but is not in this week’s field. Bernhard Langer (currently T15) trails Lehman by 246 points. Roger Chapman is third (1,756) followed by Michael Allen (1,531) and Fred Couples (1,530).

Steve Pate’s best career finishes on the Champions Tour have been a pair of T8s at the 2011 Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville and at this year’s Toshiba Classic.

Round of the day may have been turned in by 65-year-old Larry Nelson, who shot a 6-under-par 66 and fell one shy of matching his age in competition for the first time. Nelson moved up 34 places thanks to his effort from a T39 on Friday. Nelson’s best finish here was a T5 in 2004. He has played in all 11 previous events here.

Steve Pate is not the only player in the top eight looking for his first career win on the Champions Tour. Rookie Andrew Magee is winless in 12 starts on Tour with his best finish a sixth place at the 2012 Principal Charity Classic. He won four times on the PGA TOUR, however.

Should either Steve Pate or Andrew Magee prevail on Sunday, they would join four other players who posted their first Champions Tour victory at this tournament. The others were Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009), Mark Wiebe (2007), Kenny Perry (2011) and D.A. Weibring (2003). Pernice and Wiebe’s victories came in their first starts on the Champions Tour.

Andrew Magee stretched his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 208 on Saturday which is the third-longest streak this year on the Champions Tour. Corey Pavin had 260 at one point and Loren Roberts had a run of 210 without a three-putt.   

Neal Lancaster, who is making his Champions Tour debut in this event, had a chance to climb into the top 10 heading into Sunday’s final round but he made a double bogey on the final hole to finish at 3-under-par and is currently T15. As a non-exempt player, a top-10 finish could possibly earn him a berth in next week’s Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn since he is currently not in the field.

Willie Wood’s streak of 25 consecutive rounds par/better came to an end when he shot a 2-over-par 74 on Saturday. One streak that Wood did extend was his string of consecutive holes without a three-putt. That streak is now at 200, second currently to Andrew Magee with 208.

In the 11-year history of the SAS Championship, seven second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the event (Bruce Lietzke in 2001, Craig Stadler in 2004, Tom Jenkins in 2006, Mark Wiebe in 2007, Tom Pernice, Jr. in 2009 and Kenny Perry in 2011). First-round leaders have won this event five times in the previous 11 years at Prestonwood, including three of the last five events in Cary. First-round leaders did not win in 2009 or 2011.

Mark O’Meara could be in line for his fifth straight top-10 finish should he turn in a strong performance on Sunday. O’Meara is among four players tied for fifth place. A good finish could also help O’Meara in his quest to finish in the top 30 and earn a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, AZ for the top-30 players on the 2012 money list. After missing a long stretch in the spring and into a portion of the summer with a rib injury, O’Meara continues to move up the money list from the 89th position he was in just prior to his return at the 3M Championship in August. In his last four starts he has earned $311,785 ($77,946 per start) and has moved up 63 places to 36th on the money list during his run.

Steve Jones moved up 39 places from T54 to T15 after his 5-under-par 67.

Defending champion Kenny Perry is T9 and will begin the final round three strokes behind Fred Funk and Steve Pate.

The field averaged 71.925, a bit higher than Friday’s average of 71.438. There were 14 rounds in the 60 compared to 20 rounds on Friday and 38 sub-par rounds once again.

The most difficult hole on Saturday was No. 4 with an average score of 4.313 (+.313). There were just three birdies, the fewest on any hole. Once again, No. 17 was the easiest at 4.575 (-.425). There were no eagles in Saturday’s second round.


Saturday Tee Times

SAS Championship
Second Round Pairings
Saturday, October 6

1st Tee

9:10AM John Huston Palm Harbor, FL 71
  D.A. Weibring Frisco, TX 71
  John Harris Minneapolis, MN 72
9:19 AM Michael Allen     Scottsdale, AZ 71
  David Frost Pearl, South Africa 71
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL 71
9:29 AM Duffy Waldorf Northridge, CA 71
  Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL 71
  Bob Tway Edmond, OK 71
9:38 AM Larry Mize Columbus, GA 70
  Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO 70
  Tommy Armour III Las Colinas, TX 71
9:48 AM Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK 70
  Hale Irwin* Paradise Valley, AZ 70
  Mark McNulty Orlando, FL 70
9:57 AM Bruce Fleisher Greenville, SC 70
  Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan 70
  Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ 70
10:07 AM Willie Wood Edmond, OK 69
  Bob Niger El Dorado, CA 69
  David Peoples Germantown, TN 70
10:16 AM Loren Roberts Memphis, TN 69
  Mike Reid  Wesminster, MD 69
  Mark O'Meara Houston, TX 69
10:26 AM Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL 69
  Mark Wiebe Denver, CO 69
  Ted Schulz Louisville, KY 69
10:35 AM Kenny Perry Franklin, KY 68
  Tom Jenkins Austin, TX 69
  Wayne Levi Naples, FL 69
10:45 AM Allen Doyle La Grange, GA 68
  Bernhard Langer* Munich, Germany 68
  Gary Hallberg Castle Rock, CO 68
10:54 AM Jay Don Blake St. George, UT 67
  Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 67
  Gene Sauers Savannah, GA 68
11:04 AM Russ Cochran Paducah, KY 66
  Andrew Magee Paradise Valley, AZ 67
  Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA 67

10th Tee


9:10 AM Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL 72
  Mike Hulbert Orlando, FL 72
  Neal Lancaster Smithfield, NC 72
9:19 AM Peter Senior Queensland, Australia 72
  Scott Simpson San Diego, CA 72
  Brad Faxon Barrington, RI 72
9:29 AM Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ 72
  John Cook Windermere, FL 72
  Roger Chapman Ascot, England 72
9:38 AM Dan Forsman Provo, UT 72
  Larry Nelson* Marietta, GA 72
  Rod Spittle Columbus, OH 72
9:48 AM Gene Jones Orlando, FL 72
  Jim Rutledge Victoria, Canada 72
  Chip Beck Lake Forest, IL 73
9:57 AM Joel Edwards Irving, TX 73
  Jim Gallagher, Jr. Greenwood, MS 73
  Tom Byrum Richmond, TX 73
10:07 AM Steve Jones Tempe, AZ 73
  Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA 73
  Dana Quigley West Palm Beach, FL 73
10:16 AM David Eger Charlotte, NC 73
  Olin Browne Tequesta, FL 73
  Sandy Lyle* Perthshire, Scotland 73
10:26 AM Mike Goodes Brown Summit, NC 73
  Fuzzy Zoeller Floyds Knobs, IN 74
  Mike McCullough Scottsdale, AZ 74
10:35 AM Gil Morgan Edmond, OK 74
  Bob Gilder Corvallis, OR 74
  Curtis Strange* Morehead City, NC 74
10:45 AM Corey Pavin Dallas, TX 74
  Ben Bates Pensacola, FL 74
  Jeff Freeman Windermere, FL 74
10:54 AM Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL 75
  Mark Brooks Austin, TX 75
  Eduardo Romero Cordoba, Argentina 75
11:04 AM Dick Mast Forest, VA 75
  Bobby Clampett Raleigh, NC 76
  Rick Fehr Anthem, AZ 76
11:13 AM Stan Utley Scottsdale, AZ 77
  Joe Daley Scottsdale, AZ 78

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First Round Recap

SAS Championship
First Round Notes
Friday October 5, 2012

Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs near 80 and light variable winds. Lift, clean and place rules were in effect.

Current Leaderboard:

1 Russ Cochran 66/-6
T2 Steve Pate 67/-5
T2 Jay Don Blake 67/-5
T2 Andrew Magee 67/-5
T2 Fred Funk 67/-5



Showing no signs of a 12-week layoff due to a back issue, Russ Cochran fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to grab the first-round lead at the 12th annual SAS Championship. The 2010 winner of this event, Cochran hit all 18 greens in regulation to lead all players in that category and holds a one-stroke margin over four players, including Steve Pate, Andrew Magee, Jay Don Blake and Fred Funk. Defending champion Kenny Perry leads a group of five players two strokes behind.

Russ Cochran’s last start on the Champions Tour came at July’s U.S. Senior Open in Michigan where he withdrew after a second-round 73 due to his injury. The injury also deprived him of an opportunity to compete in the 2012 British Open as well as the chance to defend his Senior British Open crown.

Russ Cochran’s opening-round performance here shouldn’t come as any surprise. This is his fourth start at the SAS Championship and in addition to his win in 2010, he was T5 in 2009 and fourth a year ago. His 6-under-par 66 on Friday was his third 66 in the opening round at this tournament. He also had an 8-under-par 64 in 2010, which matched the lowest opening-round score in tournament history set by Jim Thorpe in 2002.

Andrew Magee’s 5-under-par 67 was his best opening round of the year. He also played all 18 holes without a three-putt increasing his current streak to 190, the third longest streak this year on the Champions Tour. Corey Pavin had a string of 260 and Loren Roberts had a run of 210 without a three-putt. 

Neal Lancaster made his Champions Tour debut and shot an even-par 72. The Smithfield, NC native turned 50 on September 13.

Joey Sindelar withdrew after 15 holes due to a back injury. He is 30th on the current money list, the final position for those players who can earn a berth in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale next month.

Willie Wood’s 3-under-par 69 increased his string of par/better rounds to 25, the best streak in that category on the Champions Tour in 2012 and it includes 11 straight sub-par rounds. During his previous three starts, Wood has earned $840,000, an average of $228,000 per start with two wins to his credit. In addition, Wood did not have a three-putt on Friday and has now gone 182 holes in succession without a three-putt, second currently to Andrew Magee with 190.

Russ Cochran, Andrew Magee, Steve Pate, Tom Jenkins, Ted Schulz and Tom Purtzer all played bogey-free golf on Friday.

Curtis Strange one-putted 11 of 18 greens to lead all players in that category. David Peoples had 10 one-putts and had the day’s fewest putts – 24.

Mark O’Meara birdied all three par-3 holes on his way to a 3-under-par 69. Since his return from injury in August after more than four months away, O’Meara has posted four straight top-10 finishes, including a playoff loss to Jay Don Blake at the Boeing Classic. He was T8 in his previous start in Hawaii, T10 at the 3M Championship and a T7 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Nine of his last 13 rounds have been in the 60s, including an 8-under-par 64 in the second round of the Boeing Classic. It was his lowest round since a closing-round 64 at the 2009 Boeing Classic. The last time O’Meara had four consecutive top-10 finishes was early in the 2007 season. O’Meara continues to move up the money list from the 89th position he was in just prior to his return at the 3M Championship in August. In his last four starts he has earned $311,785 ($77,946 per start) and has moved up 63 places to 36th on the money list during his run.

Allen Doyle’s 4-under-par 68 matched his low round of the year, a 68 at the Regions Tradition.

The field averaged 71.438 on Friday with 20 rounds in the 60s and 38 sub-par rounds. A year ago the first-round average was 71.367.

The most difficult hole on Friday was No. 13 with an average score of 4.225 (+.225), while the easiest was No. 17 4.350 (-.650). There were 2 eagles and 51 birdies.


Friday Tee Times

SAS Championship
First Round Pairings
Friday, October 5, 2012

1st Tee              
9:30AM Tom Jenkins Austin, TX  
  Chip Beck Lake Forest, IL  
  Stan Utley Scottsdale, AZ
9:39AM Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY  
  Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL  
  Fuzzy Zoeller     Floyds Knobs, IN  
9:49AM Allen Doyle La Grange, GA  
  Chien Soon Lu     Taipei, Taiwan  
  Tom Byrum     Richmond, TX  
9:58AM Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA  
  Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK  
  Duffy Waldorf Northridge, CA  
10:08AM Wayne Levi     Naples, FL  
  Neal Lancaster     Smythfield, NC  
  Bobby Clampett     Raleigh, NC  
10:17AM Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL  
  Bob Tway     Edmond, OK  
  Andrew Magee     Paradise Valley, AZ  
10:27AM Jay Don Blake St. George, UT  
  Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL  
  Mark Wiebe     Denver, CO  
10:36AM Brad Faxon Barrington, RI  
  Eduardo Romero     Cordoba, Argentina  
  Hale Irwin *     Paradise Valley, AZ  
10:46AM Bernhard Langer * Munich, Germany  
  John Cook     Windermere, FL  
  Roger Chapman     Ascot, England  
10:55AM Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ  
  Loren Roberts     Memphis, TN  
  Larry Nelson *     Marietta, GA  
11:05AM Kenny Perry Franklin, KY  
  Fred Funk     Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  Mark Calcavecchia     Tequesta, FL  
11:14AM Larry Mize Columbus, GA  
  Mark O’Meara     Houston, TX  
  Curtis Strange *     Morehead City, NC  
11:24AM Corey Pavin Dallas, TX  
  Willie Wood     Edmond, OK  
  Craig Stadler     Evergreen, CO  
11:33AM Dick Mast Forest, VA  
  Jeff Freeman                   Windermere, FL  
  Bob Niger                      El Dorado, CA  


10th Tee              
9:30AM David Peoples                  Germantown, TN  
  Joel Edwards                   Irving, TX  
  Gene Sauers     Savannah, GA  
9:39AM John Harris Minneapolis, MN  
  Bruce Fleisher     Greenville, SC  
  Jim Gallagher, Jr.     Greenwood, MS  
9:49AM Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ  
  Tommy Armour III     Las Colinas, TX  
  Steve Jones     Tempe, AZ  
9:58AM Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL  
  Mike McCullough     Scottsdale, AZ  
  Mike Hulbert     Orlando, FL  
10:08AM Dana Quigley West Palm Beach, FL
  Peter Senior     Queensland, Australia
  Mark Brooks     Austin, TX  
10:17AM Scott Simpson San Diego, CA  
  Steve Pate     Westlake Village, CA
  Rick Fehr     Anthem, AZ  
10:27AM Gil Morgan Edmond, OK  
  Bob Gilder     Corvalis, OR  
  David Eger     Charlotte, NC  
10:36AM Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ  
  Russ Cochran     Paducah, KY  
  Olin Browne     Tequesta, FL  
10:46AM Dan Forsman Provo, UT  
  Gary Hallberg     Castle Rock, CO  
  Ted Schulz     Louisville, KY  
10:55AM David Frost Paarl, South Africa  
  Mark McNulty     Orlando, FL  
  Sandy Lyle *     Perthshire, Scotland  
11:05AM Joe Daley Scottsdale, AZ  
  John Huston     Palm Harbor, FL  
  Mike Reid     Westminster, MD  
11:14AM D.A. Weibring Frisco, TX  
  Rod Spittle     Columbus, OH  
  Mike Goodes     Brown Summit, NC  
11:24AM Gene Jones Orlando, FL  
  Jim Rutledge                   Victoria, Canada  
  Ben Bates                      Pensacola, FL  



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Q&A with Neal Lancaster

Neal Lancaster has long been known as both the PGA TOUR and Tour’s resident comedian. The man known as “Cuz” who didn’t take a golf lesson until he was 30, won his only PGA TOUR title in 1994 at the so-called Half Nelson when rain shortened the Byron Nelson Classic to 36 holes and Lancaster won a six-man playoff. The self-described hillbilly from Smithfield, N.C., holds the distinction of being the only player to shoot a pair of sub-30, 9-hole scores in the U.S. Open Championship. At Shinnecock Hills in 1995, Lancaster became the first player in U.S. Open history to post 29 for nine hole, doing so on the back nine in the final round to move from 46th place into a T4. One year later at Oakland Hills, Lancaster made history again when, after playing his first 27 holes in 7-over, he posted a 29 on the back nine to easily make the cut. As he prepares to embark on his Champions Tour career, debuting at this week’s SAS Championship, Lancaster recently spent a few minutes with Champions Tour Media Official Phil Stambaugh.

What are your initial thoughts about joining the Champions Tour?

Lancaster:  I’m really looking forward to it. I haven’t seen some of these guys in a while so I know it will be interesting.

How about making your debut at the SAS Championship in your home state? It was good for both Mark Wiebe and Tom Pernice, Jr. when they played at Prestonwood in their first event.

Lancaster:  I can’t thank Jim Goodnight and Larry Conner for giving me a sponsor exemption to get started. My exempt status is limited. There’s quite a few people from my hometown  who will be there to support me.

Why the nickname “Cuz”?

Lancaster:  I got it during my first year on the PGA TOUR. It’s short for cousin. I didn’t know anyone but all of the caddies had nicknames so, being from the South, I just called all of them Cuz. They eventually  gave me the nickname and its stuck with me ever since.
What are your favorite TV shows?

Lancaster:  The Sopranos and there’s also a new show called The Newsroom on HBO that I really like.

Outside of golf, what sport do you enjoy watching on TV?

Lancaster:  College football and my favorite team is North Carolina State

What type of music do you enjoy listening to?

Lancaster:  I have an iPod but don’t really use it. I listen to  a variety of different music, pretty much anything but rap music.

Who would you love to trade places for a day with?

Lancaster:  Anyone who has a yacht going down the intracoastal waterway from Maine to Florida.

Who was your favorite team as a kid and did you have a favorite athlete?

Lancaster: Washington Redskins and my favorite athlete was N.C. State basketball great David Thompson

Any websites that you go to every day on your computer?

Lancaster:  I guess PGA I really only use my computer for that and getting my e-mail. That’s it.

What was the first job you ever had?

Lancaster:  When I was 17, I had a construction job at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Johnston County, N.C. for about three days.  It was too tough for me so I quit

What is your favorite meal?

Lancaster:  I pretty much like everything but liver.

What’s your favorite restaurant when you are on the road?

Lancaster:  Professional golf is a grind so I really don’t eat out much when I’m at tournaments. Lots of room service for me.

What’s the one talent you’d most like to have?

Lancaster:  The one that I have and make it better.

Do you have some all-time favorite movies?

Lancaster:  The Color of Money with Paul Newman and also The Shawshank Redemption

What would your wife say is your worst habit?

Lancaster:  Doing what I want to do too much.

One course you’ve never played that you’d love to play?

Lancaster:  Seminole Golf Club in Florida.

Your most memorable vacation?

Lancaster:  About six years ago, I went to my buddy Mike Allen’s home in Costa Rica. He rents it out to the stars at $40,000 per week. It’s got eight full-time butlers.  It’s really nice.

What kind of car do you currently drive?

Lancaster:  Right now I’m driving my wife’s Jeep Liberty because she’s working on buying a car. Until recently, I drove a GMC Denali.

Who would you most like to sit down for a discussion with and why?

Lancaster:  Tim Finchem, the Commissioner of the PGA TOUR. I’d like to roll some things off him.

What was the first concert you ever attended as a kid?

Lancaster: Sometime in the early ‘80s, I went to a Lionel Richie concert.

What was your most memorable golf shot?

Lancaster:  Probably the shot into the final green at Shinnecock Hills in 1995 that gave me the first sub-30 score in U.S. Open history.  My win at the Byron Nelson Classic was only a 36-hole event. I want to do something else outstanding in my golf career.

What is your favorite charity that you support?

Lancaster:  Actually, the same week as the SAS Championship, I have an auction for the local community college in Johnston County that raises money to support disabled parents, not disabled kids, who can’t afford to send their children to college. It’s called the Neal Lancaster Four Oaks Bank Golf Tournament for Johnston Community College.

Any special ringtone on your cellphone?

Lancaster:  I despise cell phones. I carry one, but it seems like whenever they ring, it’s not good news.

If you are not playing golf, what do you enjoy doing?

Lancaster:  I have a 20-month-old child now so I like hanging out with her.

What are a few things on your bucket list…

Lancaster:  1) Jump out of an airplane, 2) Go down the intercoastal  from Maine to Florida on no timetable, 3) Drive a race car.





Thursday Pro-Am Pairings

2012 SAS Championship
Thursday Pro-Am
October 4, 2012

8:00 AM Shotgun


Hole # Player Hole # Player
1A Kenny Perry 10A Joey Sindelar
1B Larry Nelson 10B Mark O'Meara
2 David Frost 11 Mark Wiebe
3A Mike Reid 12A Jim Rutledge
3B Steve Jones 12B Tommy Armour
4 Rod Spittle 13  John Harris
5A Neal Lancaster 14A Dick Mast
5B Rick Fehr 14B Peter Senior
6 Bobby Clampett 15 David Eger
7A Roger Chapman 16A Gene Sauers
7B Jay Don Blake 16B Willie Wood
8 John Huston 17 Sandy Lyle
9A Wayne Levi 18A Mark Calcavecchia
9B Bob Gilder 18B Brad Faxon

1:15 PM Shotgun

Hole # Player Hole # Player
1A Fuzzy Zoeller 10A Gil Morgan
1B Hale Irwin 10B Curtis Strange
2 Bernhard Langer 11 Olin Browne
3A Jeff Sluman 12A Jim Gallagher
3B Scott Simpson 12B Steve Pate
4 Chip Beck 13 Mike McCullough
5A Michael Allen 14A Gene Jones
5B Chien Soon Lu 14B Ben Bates
6 Stan Utley 15 Mike Hulbert
7A Joe Daley 16A Bobby Wadkins
7B Gary Hallberg 16B Joel Edwards
8 Andrew Magee 17 Russ Cochran
9A John Cook 18A Tom Purtzer
9B Peter Jacobson 18B Corey Pavin

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