Doug Garwood wins 2016 SAS Championship

After one of the great final rounds in tournament history, Doug Garwood (65-71-64=200) beat out Bernhard Langer to win the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Media title. The win marks Garwood’s first victory at any level on the PGA Tour.

“It hasn't really settled in yet.  Someone asked me last week when my last tournament win was and I blanked, I couldn't think of one, so now I won't have so much trouble.  It feels great.  It was a great day, I played well”.

Coming into the day two shots behind 2012 SAS Champion Bernhard Langer, Garwood played a nearly flawless round, finishing with an 8-under 64 – good for 16-under overall. Garwood posted nine birdies during his second round, while only giving up one bogey – on the 18th hole.

“The putter was obviously hot today” said Garwood. A 40-foot birdie on the third hole set the tone for the rest of the day and was the start of his dominant performance.

Bernhard Langer, leader after round two, shot a final-round 70 to finish solo second at twelve-under par – four strokes behind Garwood.

“Doug just played phenomenal.  His putter was hot.  He just hit it and went in, hit it and went in.  He started walking after it and it dropped.  He was like 9 under after 16 holes.  That's pretty amazing golf,” Langer said.

Garwood’s stellar play the first two days positioned him in the final pairing with former Masters winner Larry Mize and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer.

“I made a conscious effort today to stay in the now.  My mind started going towards the finish and this and that.  I kept telling myself stay in the now, even left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot just to get me focused on staying there and in the moment,” Garwood said.

With the win, Garwood moved up eighteen places to No. 19 in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings and collected $315,000 in prize money.

Garwood’s victory capped of an incredible week at Prestonwood Country Club. In addition to the golf, the community was involved in a number of special events including Executives Women’s Day presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Food Truck Friday, and the PNC Family Challenge Clinic, among others. Proceeds from the SAS Championship will be directed to the YMCA of the Triangle’s Annual Campaign with funds specifically benefitting the Y Learning Program – the YMCA’s after school, academic assistance programs.

Langer Leads Heading into Final Round

Current Leaderboard:
1. Bernhard Langer 67/67 (-10)
T2. Doug Garwood 65/71 (-8)
T2. Larry Mize 67/69 (-8)
T4. Jeff Sluman 70/67 (-7)
T4. Paul Broadhurst 68/69 (-7)

Bernhard Langer continued his strong play at the SAS Championship with his second consecutive 5-under 67. He holds a two shot lead over first round leader Doug Garwood and Larry Mize.

Currently in a commanding lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, Langer once again finds himself in the final pairing on a Sunday after a four-hole birdie streak to finish out his round. This was Langer’s 18th consecutive sub-par round.

Garwood got off to a shaky start with a double bogey on the first hole, and was up and down the rest of the day. He ended up shooting a 1-under 71.

Mize played nearly flawless golf, his only mistake was missing an easy par putt on the par-3 seventeenth hole. Before that bogey Mize had a streak of 60 straight bogey-less holes.

Playing in his tenth SAS Championship, Jeff Sluman bounced back from a first hole bogey with a birdie on the par-4 second hole, which lead to a streak of four straight birdies. A miss on a very short par putt on the par-3 seventeenth hole put a damper on his round, but is only three shots back of Langer.

Sitting in a tie for eighth place, Dan Forsman has played himself into a Wildcard spot. If he can stay in the top ten tomorrow and finish higher than both Brad Faxon or Michael Bradley, he will be playing at the QQQ PowerShares Championship next week.

Coming into the day in second place, Faxon dropped all the way down to 16th place after shooting a 3-over par 75. He has put himself in jeopardy of missing the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs unless he can sneak into the top ten and finish above Dan Forsman tomorrow.

The first hole proved once again to be the hardest hole on the golf course with a scoring average of 4.350. The par-5 fourth hole was the easiest with a total of twenty seven birdies and an eagle from Mike Springer.

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Doug Garwood Leads after Opening Round of SAS Championship

Current Leaderboard:
1. Doug Garwood 65/-7
2. Brad Faxon 66/-6
T3. Larry Mize 67/-5
T3. Bernhard Langer 67/-5
T5. 4 players tied at 68/-4


Doug Garwood fired a 7-under round with no bogeys to grab a one-stroke lead over Brad Faxon after the opening round of the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Media at Prestonwood Country Club. Birdie-less through seven holes, Garwood finally found his groove on the par-4 eighth and went on to birdie seven of his last eleven holes.

Garwood is seeking his first PGA Tour victory at any level. He had one of his best finishes in his career just three weeks ago at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship with a third place finish. In a post round interview Garwood said his round could have been lower if it wasn’t for four lip outs.

“When you shoot 7-under, everything's working.  I drove it well, hit the irons pretty good and I started making putts.  The putter was probably the best part, I made a lot of putts even with the lip outs,” Garwood said. He looks to continue his good start tomorrow, he tees off of hole one at 12:10pm with Brad Faxon and Larry Mize.

Coming off a top ten finish at last year’s SAS Championship, Brad Faxon continued his good play at Prestonwood Country Club. Faxon only had one birdie on the day and got hot late with five birdies on the back nine. Coming into the week Brad was 87th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, fifteen spots away from securing a place in next week’s playoffs. If the tournament ended today he would find himself in the 54th position and eligible for next week’s PowerShares QQQ Championship, the first tournament of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

Larry Mize was solid on the course all day with no bogeys and five birdies, including three straight finishing out the front nine. This was Mize’s fifth straight round in the 60’s, carrying momentum from last week’s Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.

Current Charles Schwab Cup leader, Bernhard Langer, overcame a bogey on the first hole and goes into the second round tied for third. Langer’s round featured seven birdies, including three on par fives. Winner of the 2012 SAS Championship, he has also finished in the top ten in his last four starts here.

One player outside the top 72 who is trying to sneak into the Charles Schwab Cup standings is Michael Bradley who helped his cause by shooting a 4-under 68.

Defending champion Tom Lehman had a quiet day shooting an even par 72, with two birdies and two bogies.

Only one eagle on the course today courtesy of Joey Sindelar who holed out on the 389 yard par-4 eleventh hole.

Bernhard Langer wasn’t the only person to struggle on the first hole, it ended up being the hardest hole on the course with a scoring average of 4.225. Only five birdies were recorded against seventeen bogeys and 3 double bogeys.

Tomorrow’s first tee time is 10:00am with Woody Austin, Carlos Franco, and Billy Andrade teeing off hole one and Michael Allen, Tom Lehman, and P.H. Morgan III teeing of hole ten.

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Thursday Pro-Am Results

Thursday Morning Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (45)
Professional: Colin Montgomerie
Amateurs: Mark Clare, David MacDonald, Jim Candelmo, Craig Riffe

Second Place Team (47)
Professional: Tim Petrovic
Amateurs: Jack David Colescott, Gene Gsell, Tom Cole, Jason Gautereaux

Third Place Team (48)
Professional: Brandt Jobe
Amateurs: Greg Soussloff, Mike Allen, Cameron Davies, Christopher Clark

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 16 – Tony Heyna
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Larry Conner
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Elaine Beeman


Thursday Afternoon Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (45)  
Professional: Mike Springer
Amateurs: Michael Hamilton, Jennette Rafetto, Larry, Mike

Second Place Team (48)
Professional: James Mason
Amateurs: Michael Rosenthal, Scott Valkenburgh, Mark Urbanczyk, Jeff Paul

Third Place Team (48)
Professional: Larry Mize
Amateurs: Kristien Thiebaud, Samir Thiebaud, Jamie Powers, Wayne Walker

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 16 – Bryan Nieman
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Craig Hall
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Virginia Edwards

Wednesday Pro-Am Results

Wednesday Morning Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (48)
Professional: Willie Wood
Amateurs: David Stewart, Greg Roberts, Paul Hunley, Patrick Schleiger

Second Place Team (49)
Professional: Jeff Hart
Amateurs: Kelley Taylor, Tim Strong, Scott Yazujian, Fred Adams

Third Place Team (49)
Professional: Mike Goodes
Amateurs: Minko Goolesby, Mike Manganillo, Mike Ballard, Tom Hickey

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 16 – Mike Becker
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Bruce Petway
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Kelley Taylor


Wednesday Afternoon Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (45)  
Professional: Mark Brooks
Amateurs: Greg Drew, Scott Filor, Tim Lilly, Tim Campbell

Second Place Team (48)
Professional: Gary Hallberg
Amateurs: Elaine Beeman, Brad Martin, Charles Matthews, James Seligman

Third Place Team (48)
Professional: Wayne Levi
Amateurs: Walton Jeffress, Hu Odom, Greg Bell, Rick Kerr

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 4 – Don Newfield
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Tony Hejah
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Kari Stoltz

2016 Food Truck Friday

The SAS Championship host Food Truck Friday again this year. The event will take place Friday, Oct. 14 at Prestonwood Country Club. Entry is free and open to the public, so be sure to come out and enjoy some great food!

This year's line-up includes some of the top food trucks in the area:

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5k at the SAS Championship


Live Fearless 5K – Images by Octagon Events

For the seventh year running—literally, the 5k at the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Media will lead runners, families and golf fans through a course unlike any other. Enjoy the unique experience of running, jogging or walking along the course prior to the second round of play, it's a perfect way to connect with friends and family or shoot for a new personal record in the competitive divisions. Running tech shirts included with race registration.

CLICK HERE to register!

Thank you to all the runners, joggers and walkers that participated in the 2015 Live Fearless 5K! Be sure to save the date for this year's race taking place Saturday, Oct. 15. 

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