PNC Bank and the SAS Championship Announce the PNC Family Challenge Clinic

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CARY, N.C. (September 1, 2015) – PNC Bank and the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek are proud to announce the first PNC Family Challenge Clinic taking place Saturday, Oct. 10. The PNC Family Challenge Clinic will provide families the unique opportunity to participate together after watching the second round of the tournament at Prestonwood Country Club. The PNC Family Challenge Clinic a part of the Official Champions Tour event celebrating its 15th anniversary in Cary. 

“We are delighted to provide families the opportunity to create lasting memories with the legends from the PGA TOUR,” said PNC Regional President Jim Hansen. “The PNC Father/Son Challenge event in Orlando has become a community tradition and we’re looking forward to establishing a history here in Cary that gives families and fans plenty of reasons to celebrate.”

The 90 minute clinic will include instruction on putting, chipping, driving, and iron play from Carolinas PGA Section teaching professionals based at courses throughout the area. The clinic will culminate with meet & greets, autographs, and a Q&A session with SAS Championship competitors who have previously competed in the PNC Father-Son Challenge or who are scheduled to compete in the annual two-person team event taking place in Orlando, Florida. The event has been has been won by multiple players who’ve played in the SAS Championship including Bernhard Langer (‘14, ’06, ‘05), Larry Nelson (‘08, ’07, ‘04), Hale Irwin (2003) and Craig Stadler (2002).

“We’re excited to partner with PNC to bring Cary a splendid, new community event,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “With the clinic’s focus on parents participating with their kids, it’s a great chance to bond and improve their golf games right after watching these legendary players compete for the 15th SAS Championship title. It’s not too often you get an opportunity like this and we’re thrilled about the special experience PNC has created for our fans and their families.” 

The clinic is free to attend and will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the driving range at Prestonwood. Advanced registration is required and is available online at SASChampionship.com. Both parents and children are invited to attend. Parents have the option to participate in the clinic along with their child or to observe, children must be at least 8 years old to partake in the clinic.

Daily Tickets, are $20 and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer. All ticket options are available online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-GOLF.

Registration Now Open for the Live Fearless 5k at the SAS Championship

Live Fearless 5k Logo

 

CARY, N.C. (August 25, 2015) – The Live Fearless 5k presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina returns Saturday, Oct. 10 to Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. As one of area’s favorite races, the Live Fearless 5k is a special community event taking place during the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek, an official event on the PGA Champions Tour. Registration is now open for all runners, including companies looking to participate in the second annual Corporate Challenge.  

“This race is perfect for both the people who are going out to have fun and for runners participating to set a new personal best,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “It is such a unique course that it continues to bring participants back year after year. Families appreciate the time spent together and our Corporate Challenge participants enjoy the healthy competition and teambuilding the race creates, it really is a race unlike any other.”

Runners will experience the beauty of Prestonwood first-hand, as they run through the official back nine tournament holes prior to the start of the second round of the SAS Championship. The course highlights include smooth, flat cart paths of the golf course and finishing at the tournament’s 18th green.

The Live Fearless Corporate Challenge is an ideal way to promote employee health and wellness. Companies will receive a race tech shirt complete with company logo and the chance to win a night out with their fellow teammates to an area sporting event.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. near the main tournament entrance at Prestonwood Country Club.

All race participants will receive admission to the SAS Championship, a running tech shirt, post-race food, and access to the WakeMed Health Zone. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest times in each division.

Early registration is encouraged and beginning now through, Oct. 4, runners will receive $5 off their race fee, $30 for adults, $20 for youth, and $70 for a family four-pack. To register, visit www.saschampionship.com

Parrot’s Landing presented by Guacamaya Fresh Mex Debuts

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CARY, N.C. (June 11, 2015) – Parrot’s Landing presented by Guacamaya Fresh Mex at 17 green will make its debut at this year’s SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek, an official event on the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour. Officials also announced the addition of defending champion Kirk Triplett to the tournament field which is scheduled for Oct. 5 -11 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. 

Parrot’s Landing will feature a catered lunch buffet, open bar, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and daily passes. As an exclusive debut offer, daily Parrot’s Landing passes are on sale for $100 through the end of the month, a savings of $20. Both individual passes and corporate ticket packages are available

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the SAS Championship and to be a part of such a great event,” said Joseph Lytton, owner of Guacamaya Fresh Mex.

Parrot’s Landing will be located at 17 green, formerly the Eagle’s Nest. The premier viewing location is at the green of a reachable par 5, where many SAS Champions have been decided.

“The addition of Guacamaya as a SAS Championship partner is great for our tournament and our fans,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “We’re looking forward to the enhancements they will create for spectators and to build on the community partners we’ve established here in Cary over the last 14 years.”

On-site VIP parking is also available for $100. Each purchaser will be able to park in the same lot as the Champions Tour pros and have their name designated on official tournament signage. Daily tickets, valid one day, are $15 and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer.

Volunteer Registration Opens and Tickets Now On Sale

CARY, N.C. (April 13, 2015) – After another memorable Masters tournament over the weekend, tournament officials for the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek announced the opening of volunteer registration and ticket sales for the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour event taking place at Prestonwood Country Club, Oct. 5 -11 in Cary.

“It’s hard to believe we’re celebrating 15 years of the SAS Championship this year,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “Each year the event continues to grow in size and scale thanks to the tremendous amount of support we receive from our patrons, partners and volunteers. We’re looking forward to what lies ahead for the tournament and the outstanding community events we’ve created that add to the celebration of tournament week.”

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In the 14 years of the SAS Championship, volunteers have played an integral role in the tournament’s success from its’ first tee shots in 2001, to the community-driven events like Executive Women’s Day, Food Truck Friday, Live Fearless 5k and the WakeMed Families First Fun Fest, volunteers have helped make it one of the most successful events on the Champions Tour. 

Over 700 volunteers are needed for Oct. 5 – 11 and there are a number of different committees available; golf knowledge is a plus but not required.

“I hear from our volunteers all the time, many of whom have been with the event since it began, that tournament week is one of their favorite weeks of the year so I would encourage anyone interested in supporting our community to register,” said Kleiber.

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Ticket options for the SAS Championship feature exclusive hospitality and parking options, including the fan-favorite Eagles’ Nest at 17 green for $100. Each Eagles’ Nest ticket includes a catered lunch, open bar and snacks at the premium hospitality suite located at the pivotal par-5 17th hole. On-site VIP parking is also available for $95. Each purchaser will be able to park in the same lot as the Champions Tour pros and have their name designated on official tournament signage. Daily tickets, valid one day, are $15 and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer.

Kirk Triplett Wins SAS Championship

Holds off Lehman, Perry and Langer at Prestonwood Country Club

CARY, N.C. (OCTOBER  12, 2014) – Kirk Triplett (70-63-69=-14) claimed his second victory of the year and fourth of his Champions Tour career after winning the 2014 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek. Triplett, who finished third in 2013, entered Sunday with a two-stroke lead after shooting a 9-under par 63 in the second round. With the win, Triplett earned 315 Charles Schwab Cup points moving up three places to No. 6 in the year-long points race and collected $315,000 in prize money.

“A few bogeys and had some bounce backs.  But, yeah, to win two tournaments in a year, I guess I always set out at the start of the year to win a tournament and then sometimes if it happens early, it doesn't happen that often,” said Triplett. “But if it happens early in the year, maybe I kind of lose track of what's going on.  It's kind of nice to win out here.”

Triplett had the shot of the week Saturday evening, after his 8 iron from 143 yards rolled into the bottom of the cup for an eagle on the 18 giving him a two-stroke lead to enter the final day. On Sunday, Triplett held off charges from Tom Lehman, who birdied 16 and eagled 17 en route to a runner up finish.

Former SAS Champions Bernhard Langer (2012) and Kenny Perry (2011) also made runs at the leader but no one would come within two strokes of Triplett on Sunday. Langer and Perry finished tied for third at 10 under with Langer carding a 68 while Perry birdied five of the six final holes to turn in a 67. Langer extended his Charles Schwab Cup points lead by finishing the final two rounds without a bogey at Prestonwood Country Club.

“I think all you have to do is look at the field and that usually tells you what the players think of the tournament,” Triplett said. “Sometimes players have conflicts and can't make it to events, but I think most guys put this one on their schedule pretty early.  The golf course is very nice, always in good shape.” 

Final Rounds Notes

SAS Championship – the 23rd of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour
Cary, NC
October 10-12, 2014

Purse: $2,100,000 ($315,000/winner; 315 Charles Schwab Cup points)
Prestonwood Country Club                                                            
Par/Yards: 72/7,212

Weather: Mostly cloudy and cool with a light drizzle throughout the day and high temperatures in the low-60s. Winds were from the NE at 5-15 mph and lift, clean and place rules were utilized again for a second straight day.    

Final Leaderboard

Position

Name

Score

1.

Kirk Triplett

70-63-69—202 (-14)

2.

Tom Lehman

67-68-70—205 (-11)

T3.  

Bernhard Langer

73-65-68—206 (-10)

 

Kenny Perry

72-67-67—206 (-10)

T5.

Paul Goydos

68-67-72—207 (-9)

 

Mark McNulty

72-68-67—207 (-9)

 

Kevin Sutherland

69-68-70—207 (-9)

Kirk Triplett managed to recover from each of his three bogeys in the final round, making a birdie after each one, and his final-round 3-under 69 led to an easy three-stroke victory over Tom Lehman at the 2014 SAS Championship. Triplett started the final round with a two-stroke lead over both Paul Goydos and Lehman and each player could get no closer than that margin at any point during the final round. Triplett’s 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 12th hole gave him a four-stroke advantage and at that point, it was his tournament to lose with six holes to play. Down the stretch, he proceeded to make five pars and a two-putt birdie from 30 feet at the par-5 17th and waltzed to an easy victory.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With His Victory…Kirk Triplett

Triplett won his fourth career title on the Champions Tour in his 57th start on the Champions Tour and has now collected multiple titles for the first time ever in a TOUR season. In addition to winning back-to-back Nature Valley First Tee Opens at Pebble Beach in 2012-13, Triplett captured The ACE Group Classic in Naples earlier this year, defeating Bernhard Langer, Olin Browne and Duffy Waldorf by a stroke.

Triplett joined Bernhard Langer (5), Colin Montgomerie (2), Kenny Perry (2) and Fred Couples (2) as the fifth multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year.

Triplett won the SAS Championship this year in his third appearance in the tournament. He finished third last year after trailing Russ Cochran, the eventual winner in 2013, by two strokes after 36 holes.

Triplett earned 315 Charles Schwab Cup points and increased his yearly total in the Schwab Cup race to 1,273 points, good enough for sixth position in the season-long standings.

Triplett received a check for $315,000 and increased his 2014 earnings total to $1,247,793 and moved up into fourth place on the current money list. It marks the second straight year he’s eclipsed the seven-figure mark in single-season earnings on the Champions Tour.

Triplett won three times on the PGA TOUR (2000 Nissan Open, 2003 Reno-Tahoe Open, 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson) and also became the oldest winner on the Web.com Tour when he claimed the 2011 News Sentinel Open in Knoxville at 49 years, 4 months, 25 days.

Triplett’s stats/rank:  Fairways Hit-38/45 (4th)             Greens Hit-44/54 (T5)             Putts-87 (T17)
 

Final-Round Notes/Statistics at the SAS Championship

Kirk Triplett’s three-stroke victory over Tom Lehman was the biggest winning margin on the Champions Tour since Bernhard Langer’s record 13-stroke triumph at the Senior Open Championship in July. It was also the biggest winning margin at the SAS Championship since 2008 when Eduardo Romero defeated Tom Kite by three strokes.  

Triplett’s 70 in the opening round was the highest start by a winner at the SAS Championship since Bruce Lietzke opened with a 72 in 2002 and coincidentally, he also won with a 14-under 202 total.   

Bernhard Langer’s T3 effort today, coupled with Colin Montgomerie finishing outside of the top 10 (T19), increased Langer’s lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race. Langer earned 138 points today and now has a total of 3,762 total points on the season. Montgomerie remains in second place with 2,991 points and now trails Langer by 771 points with three events remaining this season. Montgomerie will have an opportunity to cut into Langer’s lead at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn this week as the Charles Schwab Cup points leader is not entered in the event.  

Bernhard Langer also earned a check for $138,075 today and increased his overall 2014 season earnings to $2,842,089. He’s now just $186,215 short of Hale Irwin’s all-time record total of $3,028,304 established in 2002.

Guy Boros, an open qualifier this week at the SAS Championship, finished T10 at the SAS Championship and  he earned a spot into the upcoming Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn as a result of being the highest non-exempt player among the top 10. Tom Byrum earned a spot into this week’s SAS Championship by being the highest non-exempt player among the top 10 at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and he finished T30 this week at Prestonwood.  

Two players who had taken more than a month off from the Champions Tour shook off the rust in their games on Sunday and finished T3 this week. Bernhard Langer’s T3 included a final-round 68 and he played his last 49 holes of the event without making a bogey. It was Langer’s 14th career third-place finish. Kenny Perry birdied five of his last six holes to post a 5-under 67. Perry had not played in any tournament since the PGA Championship in mid-August and in a Champions Tour event since winning the 3M Championship in early August.

Mark McNulty, playing with a heavy heart today, carded a 5-under 67 and vaulted into a T5, his best finish on the Champions Tour since placing solo fifth at the Constellation Senior Players Championship in late June.  McNulty moved from 41st on the money list into the 35th position. His long-time caddie Rocky Hobday passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Paul Goydos moved into the top-30 on the 2014 money list after his T5 performance this week. Goydos started the week in 33rd position, but he’s now in 29th place with $587,288. Steve Pate started the week on the bubble at No. 30 and he’s now 31st, just $27,207 back of Esteban Toledo. The top 30 on the 2014 money list after the AT&T Championship earn a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Defending champion Russ Cochran finished T50 this week. Cochran, who also won the 2010 SAS Championship, was bidding for a third victory at Prestonwood…Brad Faxon’s 6-under 66 was the low round of the day and moved him up 40 spots into a T25…Kirk Triplett’s 19 birdies were the most this week while Bernhard Langer only made two bogeys, the fewest by a player in the field.

Here’s a comparison of the scoring averages at Prestonwood from Round 1/Round 2 over the last two years:

Year                Round 1/Sub-Par Rds.            Round 2/Sub-Par Rds             Round 3/Sub-Par Rds
 

2014                72.506/29                                70.313/51                                71.837/37                       

 

2013                71.468/42                                70.835/46                                71.089/45                       
 

Thursday Pro-Am Results

Thursday Morning Pro-Am Results

First Place Team – (48, won in scorecard playoff)
Professional: Gary Koch
Amateurs: Hu Odman, Walton Jeffress, Phillip Hamilton, Paul Stoner

Second Place Team (48)
Professional: John Cook
Amateurs: Ron Reed, Mark Merritt, Blair Campbell, Dave Eddy

Third Place Team (49)
Professional: Billy Andrade
Amateurs: Keith Erazmus, Bruce Altstaetter, Tim Brant, Robert Wilson

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Brandon Fincher
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Gary Milner
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Kari Stoltz

Thursday Afternoon Pro-Am Results

First Place Team (48)
Professional: Joe Daley
Amateurs: Gene Gsell, Jay Laramore, Jack David Colescott, Scott Zucker

Second Place Team (49, scorecard playoff)
Professional: Neal Lancaster
Amateurs: Jody Roach, Pete Jacoby, Todd Purser, Victor Smith

Third Place Team (49)
Professional: Kirk Triplett
Amateurs: Michael Ritchie, Richard Schroder, Terry Lessmann, Dennis Massengill

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Jody Roach
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Dan Roache
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Lindsay Turner

Sunday Pairings

Sunday, October 12 Pairings

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1st Tee

10:00 AM Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO   71-71 142
  Corey Pavin Los Angeles, CA   71-71 142
  Nick Faldo*  England   70-72 142
10:10 AM Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN   72-70 142
  Billy Andrade Atlanta, GA   72-70 142
  Wes Short, Jr.  Austin, TX   73-69 142
10:20 AM Scott Simpson San Diego, CA   73-69 142
  Danny Briggs Franklin, TN   73-69 142
  Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL   72-70 142
10:30 AM Jose Coceres El Chaco, Argentina 69-72 141
  Larry Mize Columbus, GA   68-73 141
  Anders Forsbrand Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 72-70 142
10:40 AM Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY   76-65 141
  Roger Chapman Ascot, England   69-72 141
  Mark Brooks Fort Worth, TX   69-72 141
10:50 AM Gary Hallberg Denver, CO   73-68 141
  Jeff Hart Solana Beach, CA   73-68 141
  Willie Wood Edmond, OK   71-70 141
11:00 AM Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL   70-70 140
  Hale Irwin* Paradise Valley, AZ   68-72 140
  Skip Kendall Windermere, FL   73-68 141
11:10 AM Wayne Levi Naples, FL   72-68 140
  Russ Cochran Paducah, KY   71-69 140
  John Inman Durham, NC   71-69 140
11:20 AM Colin Montgomerie* Dunning, Scotland   73-66 139
  Mark McNulty Orlando, FL   72-68 140
  Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ   73-67 140
11:30 AM David Frost West Palm Beach, FL 69-69 138
  Mark O'Meara Houston, TX   69-69 138
  Kenny Perry Franklin, KY   72-67 139
11:40 AM Kevin Sutherland Sacramento, CA   69-68 137
  Marco Dawson Merrit Island, FL   67-70 137
  Bernhard Langer* Munich, Germany   73-65 138
11:50 AM Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 72-64 136
  Guy Boros Pompano Beach, FL 66-70 136
  Gary Koch Tampa, FL   69-68 137
12:00 PM Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ   70-63 133
  Paul Goydos Long Beach, CA   68-67 135
  Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ   67-68 135

10th Tee

10:00 AM Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL   70-72 142
  Tom Byrum  San Antonio, TX    76-66 142
  John Cook  Windermere, FL   76-66 142
10:10 AM Scott Hoch Orlando, FL   69-73 142
  Neal Lancaster  Smithfield, NC   69-73 142
  Woody Austin Derby, KS   74-69 143
10:20 AM Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ   71-72 143
  Steve Elkington Sydney, Australia   75-68 143
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL   77-66 143
10:30 AM Marion Dantzler Orangeburg, SC   72-72 144
  Loren Roberts Memphis, TN   72-72 144
  Peter Senior Queensland, Australia   73-71 144
10:40 AM Stephen Ames  Alberta, Canada   73-71 144
  Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA   72-72 144
  Rocco Mediate Greensburg, PA   71-73 144
10:50 AM Tommy Armour III Dallas, TX   74-70 144
  Bob Tway Edmond, OK   71-73 144
  Rod Spittle Ontario, Canada   75-69 144
11:00 AM Olin Browne Tequesta, FL   75-69 144
  Lee Janzen  Orlando, FL   70-74 144
  Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA 72-73 145
11:10 AM Jeff Brehaut  Los Altos, CA   71-74 145
  Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC   74-71 145
  John Riegger  Henderson, NV   75-70 145
11:20 AM Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan   76-69 145
  Chip Beck Lake Forest, IL    72-74 146
  Brad Faxon Barrington, RI   74-72 146
11:30 AM Tom Kite* Austin, TX    75-71 146
  Esteban Toledo Mexicali, Mexico   77-69 146
  Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL   77-69 146
11:40 AM Jim Rutledge Victoria, Canada    78-68 146
  Larry Nelson* Marietta, GA   74-73 147
  Dan Forsman  Provo, UT   74-73 147
11:50 AM Hal Sutton Shreveport, LA   75-72 147
  Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK   77-70 147
  Mike Reid Westminster, MD   73-77 150
12:00 PM Gene Sauers Savannah, GA   77-73 150
  Bob Gilder Corvallis, OR   77-75 152
  Andy Bean Lakeland, FL   78-77 155
12:10 PM Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL   73-83 156
  Gil Morgan Edmond, OK   82-75 157

Second Round Notes

2014 SAS Championship

Second-Round Notes

(the 23rd of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour)

Cary, NC October 10-12, 2014

Purse: $2,100,000 ($315,000/winner; 315 Charles Schwab Cup points)

Prestonwood Country Club Par/Yards: 72/7,212

Weather: After 7/10 of an inch of rain fell overnight, sunny skies for most of the day on Saturday with highs in the mid-70s and winds from the WSW 7-14 mph, higher gusts. Temperatures were in the upper 70s. Lift, clean and place rules in effect.

Second-Round Leaderboard

Position Name Score

1. Kirk Triplett 70-63—133 (-11)

T2. Paul Goydos 68-67—135 (-9)

Tom Lehman 67-68—135 (-9)

T4. Guy Boros 66-70—136 (-8)

Fred Funk 72-64—136 (-8)

Kirk Triplett’s birdie-eagle finish to his second round propelled him to a two-stroke lead over Paul Goydos and Tom Lehman after 36 holes of the SAS Championship. Triplett’s bogey-free, 9-under-par 63 on Saturday featured seven birdies, including a two-putt birdie from 40 feet at the par-5 17th, and he then closed his round in style, holing an 8-iron second shot from 143 yards for an eagle at the par-4 18th hole. Goydos (67) and Lehman (68) also finished strongly on Saturday. With skies darkening late in the day, Goydos, a recent winner at the Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship, birdied his final three holes to move within two strokes of Triplett. Lehman birdied two of his last three holes to tie Goydos.

Kirk Triplett (70-63—133/-11)

Matched the lowest second-round score in SAS Championship history and carded the second-best score of his Champions Tour career (62-2012 Principal Charity Classic/Rd. 3). His previous-best score at Prestonwood was 67 twice in 2013.

Making his third appearance at the SAS Championship and finished third last year after trailing Russ Cochran, the eventual winner in 2013, by two strokes after 36 holes.

Triplett is seeking his fourth career win on the Champions Tour and second title this year. In addition to winning back-to-back Nature Valley First Tee Opens at Pebble Beach in 2012-13, Triplett captured The ACE Group Classic in Naples earlier this year, defeating Bernhard Langer, Olin Browne and Duffy Waldorf by a stroke.

Won three times on the PGA TOUR (2000 Nissan Open, 2003 Reno-Tahoe Open, 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson) and also became the oldest winner on the Web.com Tour when he claimed the 2011 News Sentinel Open in Knoxville at 49 years, 4 months, 25 days.

Today marks the first time Triplett has held sole possession of a Saturday lead on the Champions Tour. In Naples earlier this year, he was tied for the 36-hole lead at The ACE Group Classic with Bernhard Langer.

Triplett’s stats for the first 36 holes: Fairways: 26/30 (T3); Greens Hit: 31/36 (T3); Putts: 58 (T20)

Second-Round Notes/Statistics at the SAS Championship

Kirk Triplett’s two-stroke lead after 36 holes marks the second straight year the SAS Championship leader has been up by that margin. Russ Cochran led Triplett, Bernhard Langer and David Frost by two strokes last year and eventually won by one stroke.

A total of four of the top-five names on the leaderboard have already won a tournament this year and Kirk Triplett (ACE Group Classic), Paul Goydos (Pacific Links Hawaii Championship), Tom Lehman (Encompass Championship) and Fred Funk (Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf/w Jeff Sluman) are seeking to become the fifth multiple winner on the Champions Tour in 2014. Rookie Guy Boros, the first-round leader, carded a 2-under 70 today and is T4 along with Funk.

A total of 315 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race will go to the winner on Sunday. Bernhard Langer (currently T9) leads the race with 3,624 points, followed by Colin Montgomerie (currently T12) with 2,991 points, a margin of 633 points. Both players made big moves in the standings today. Langer jumped 34 spots with his 7-under 65 while Montgomerie carded a 6-under 66 and moved up 31 spots.

In the previous 13 SAS Championships, eight second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the event (Bruce Lietzke/2001, Craig Stadler/2004, Tom Jenkins/2006, Mark Wiebe/2007, Tom Pernice, Jr./2009, Kenny Perry/2011, and Russ Cochran/2013). Saturday leaders/co-leaders have won 13 of the previous 22 Champions Tour events in 2014.

The winner of this tournament has come from the final grouping nine times in 13 years, including eight of the last nine years. There has never been a playoff in the previous 13 years.

Through the first two rounds of the SAS Championship, the most difficult hole has been the par-4 16th (4.093) yielding 21 birdies. The par-5 17th hole has been the easiest (4.540), giving up three eagles and 78 birdies.

Here’s a comparison of the scoring averages at Prestonwood from Round 1/Round 2 over the last two years:

Year.    Round 1  Sub-Par Rds. Round 2 Sub-Par Rds.
2014 72.506 29 70.313 51
2013 71.468 42 70.835 46

Triplett’s 13 birdies are the most by a player in the field this week through the first two rounds…Tom Lehman has just made one bogey over the first two rounds…Both Fred Funk and Billy Andrade have birdied five of the six par-5 opportunities over the first two rounds this week…Andrade’s two-under 70 today extended his streak of par/better rounds to 20 straight, the third longest current streak on the Champions Tour. Jay Haas has a current run of 30 consecutive par/better scores…Mark O’Meara again didn’t have three-putt today and extended his current run of holes without a three-putt to 203 consecutive, the longest current run of holes without a three-putt.

Joe Daley withdrew during the round with a back injury. 

Live Fearless 5K Results

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Live Fearless 5k Race – Images by Octagon Events

Top Three Males

  1. Derek Davis – 17:28
  2. Andrew Mciver – 18:17
  3. Patrick McGahan – 18:28

Top Three Females

  1. Anne MacDonald – 21:45
  2. Lindsey Mciver – 22:07
  3. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans – 22:10

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Corporate Challenge Results

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

2014 Live Fearless 5k Corporate Challenge Results
     
Category #1: Number of total registrations per company
Company Number of Registrations Point Total
BCBSNC 235 3
SAS 169 2
Farm Bureau 47 1
     
Category #2: Percentage of total registrants who ran in the race
Company Percent Run Point Total
BCBSNC 51% 1
SAS 76% 3
Farm Bureau 72% 2
     
Category #3: Number of Live Fearless Pledges signed at the mobile unit visits
Company Number of Pledges Point Total
BCBSNC 141 3
SAS 90 2
Farm Bureau 49 1
     
Category #4: Average Time from each company (lowest total) 
Company Average Time Top 10 Point Total
BCBSNC 21.09 2
SAS 20.22 3
Farm Bureau 29.52 1
     
Final Standings Total Points Place
SAS 10 1st
BCBSNC 9 2nd
Farm Bureau 5 3rd
Total Points Available 24