Wednesday Pro-Am Results

Wednesday Morning Pro-Am Results

First Place Team (49)
Professional: Scott Parel
Amateurs: Norm Harks, Paul Ochsner, Sonny Halili, Gil Genio

Second Place Team (52, won in scorecard playoff)
Professional: Skip Kendall
Amateurs: Chris Gosk, Will Spears, Scott MacConnell, Mike Allen

Third Place Team (52)
Professional: Stephen Ames
Amateurs: Jody Roach, Keith Roach, Matt Draqone, Ed Huneycutt

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Jonathan Williams
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Jim Tavernit

Wednesday Afternoon Pro-Am Results

First Place Team (49, won in first hole playoff)
Professional: Rod Spittle
Amateurs: Mark McMahon, Mark Merritt, Blair Campbell, and Peter Cuthbert

Second Place Team (49)
Professional: Joey Sindelar
Amateurs: Bob Kampe, Jay Muelhoefer, Bernie Spang, Dwight Tausz

Third Place Team (50)
Professional: Roger Chapman
Amateurs: Rob Harper, Carry Price, Rick Stout, Mark Byrd

Proximity Awards:
Men’s Longest Drive Hole 7 – Mark Clare
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Charles Brooks
Ladies Long Drive Hole 12 – Barb Brandon

PNC Family Challenge Clinic Debuts

PNCSmaller

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).

Click Here to Register for the PNC Family Challenge Clinic 

“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. Click Here to Purhcase Tickets or call 919-531-GOLF.

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 Professional Pairings

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THURSDAY PRO-AM – OCTOBER 9TH, 2014

8:00 AM Shotgun    
HOLE # HOLE #
1A ROCCO MEDIATE 10A NICK FALDO
1B RUSS COCHRAN 10B KENNY PERRY
2A MARK OMEARA 11 ANDY BEAN
2B JOEY SINDELAR 12A PETER SENIOR
3 KEVIN SUTHERLAND 12B PAUL GOYDOS
4A TOM BYRUM 13 TOMMY ARMOUR III
4B JIM RUTLEDGE 14A JOHN INMAN
5 MARION DATZLER 14B GARY KOCH
6 JEFF BREHAUT 15 ROGERCHAPMAN
7A MARK BROOKS 16A BILLY ANDRADE
7B WOODY AUSTIN 16B WES SHORT
8 LARRY MIZE 17 BOBBY WADKINS
9A FRED FUNK 18A TOM LEHMAN
9B MARK McNULTY 18B JOHN COOK
1:15 PM Shotgun    
HOLE # HOLE #
       
1A HALE IRWIN 10A BERNHARD LANGER
1B LARRY NELSON 10B COLIN MONTGOMERIE
2A PETER JACOBSEN 11 JIM CARTER
2B BOB GILDER 12A ANDERS FORSBRAND
3 MIICHAEL ALLEN 12B JOE DALEY
4A ESTEBAN TOLEDO 13 GARY HALLBERG
4B MARCO DAWSON 14A SKIP KENDALL
5 GUY BOROS 14B NEAL LANCASTER
6 DANNY BRIGGS 15 CHIP BECK
7A GENE SAUERS 16A KIRK TRIPLETT
7B JOSE COCERES 16B SCOTT SIMPSON
8 MIKE REID 17 TOM PURTZER
9A JEFF SLUMAN 18A TOM PERNICE
9B COREY PAVIN 18B DAVID FROST

Mediate, Pavin and Jacobsen Highlight Final Field for the SAS Championship

Twelve winners from 2014 Champions Tour season headed to Prestonwood

CARY, N.C. (OCTOBER  3, 2014) – Rocco Mediate, Corey Pavin and Peter Jacobsen highlight the latest additions to the final field for next week’s SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek. The official Champions Tour event returns to Prestonwood Country Club Oct. 10-12.

“It was a pleasant surprise to receive Rocco, Corey and Peter’s commitments, having them in the field are welcome additions,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “With great weather in the forecast and the fantastic setting at Prestonwood, it should be another memorable week at the SAS Championship.”

Fresh off his duties as a commentator during NBC and the Golf Channel’s Ryder Cup coverage, Jacobsen will return to Prestonwood for the first time in two years. Earlier this summer, Jacobsen served as commentator for the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens at Pinehurst.

Winner of the 1995 U.S. Open, Pavin has recorded three top-10 finishes this year. He finished T6 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in June and T7 in last month’s Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship.

Mediate’s best finish at a major came at the 2008 U.S. Open where he battled with eventual champion Tiger Woods through 18 playoff holes, finally bested by Woods in the first hole of sudden-death, the 91st hole of the tournament. Mediate has six PGA TOUR wins and earned two victories last season during his rookie year on the Champions Tour.  

In addition to Mediate, ten players will be making their SAS Championship debut including, Stephen Ames, Billy Andrade, Woody Austin, Jose Coceres, Marco Dawson, Paul Goydos, Lee Janzen, Skip Kendall, Wes Short Jr. and  Kevin Sutherland.

Kendall is in the field as a sponsor’s exemption alongside Chip Beck, Neal Lancaster, Gary Koch and Jim Rutledge. Sandy Lyle and Nick Price unfortunately withdrew.

The final field features 27 of the top 30 players on this year’s money list and 12 winner’s from the 2014 Champions Tour season including former SAS Champions Tom Pernice Jr. (2009), Kenny Perry (2011), Russ Cochran (2010 and 2013) and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Bernhard Langer (2012). 

Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of the News & Observer. Parking for the SAS Championship, and community events is free of charge and located at Bond Park.  Complimentary shuttle buses will bring spectators and families to and from the parking area.

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.

YMCA of the Triangle Named Host Charity of the SAS Championship

Official Champions Tour event scheduled through 2017

YMCA logo

CARY, N.C. (SEPTEMBER  29, 2014) – The SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek announced today that the YMCA of the Triangle is the host charity for the annual Champions Tour event held at Prestonwood Country Club. Additionally, it was announced that the contract with the Champions Tour has been extended through 2017. This year’s tournament returns to Cary, Oct. 10 – 12, and will culminate with a donation to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, We Build People. Funds will be directed to the standardized Y Learning program which serves students in grades K-8 who struggle to reach school system benchmarks.

“Through our partnership with SAS and the SAS Championship, we’re able to help bridge the education gap in our community,” said Bruce Ham, Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of the Triangle. “At the Y, we want every child – regardless of their ability to pay – to have the opportunity to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

“The vision that the YMCA of the Triangle has for our community is fantastic, and it makes perfect sense that SAS and the SAS Championship are partnering with them to expand their efforts,” said Ann Goodnight, Director of Community Relations for SAS. “Their Y Learning program is full of passionate people focused on improving the future of our community.”

More than 1,200 children in Wake, Durham, Johnston, Lee and Pamlico Counties receive homework assistance and academic enrichment through Y Learning. Y Learning is fully funded through community support and donations to the YMCA’s Annual We Build People Campaign. Since 2010, proceeds from the SAS Championship have benefited Y Learning. In fact, nearly 20 percent of the students in the program are able to participate due to the SAS Championship donation.

“The SAS Championship has become a Triangle sports tradition that connects local charities and Champions Tour golf,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnerships with SAS and the YMCA of the Triangle to further engage the community and serve students in our area.”

As host organization, the YMCA contracts with the Champions Tour to host the SAS Championship and benefits from event proceeds. During the first 13 years of the SAS Championship, over $3 million has been donated to support children’s educational organizations.

The SAS Championship continues to be one of the strongest events of the Champions Tour season, annually attracting the legends of golf as competitors for one the largest purses all year at $2.1 million. Past winners include World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer and Hale Irwin and more recently, Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran. The Champions Tour event will continue to be held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary through 2017.

Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of the News & Observer. Parking for the SAS Championship, and community events is free of charge and located at Bond Park.  Complimentary shuttle buses will bring spectators and families to and from the parking area.

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.

Eat, Run, Jump, and Play at the SAS Championship

Exciting Community Events Return to Prestonwood Country Club

WMFFFF Smile

CARY, N.C. (SEPTEMBER  10, 2014) – The SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek is excited to announce the return of Food Truck Friday, Live Fearless 5k, and WakeMed Families First Fun Fest, Oct. 10-12 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. 

“As the tournament continues to grow and expand, our focus remains giving back to the Triangle Community,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “Providing exciting events for families, fans, and children of all ages allows the opportunity to enjoy the weekend in a variety of ways, so we invite everyone to come join us as we celebrate our 14th year at Prestonwood Country Club.”

Following the first round of tournament play, Food Truck Friday will offer fans a great way to kick off their weekend with some of the most popular trucks in the Triangle including: American MeltdownChirba ChirbaParlez-Vous CrepeBarone Meatball Company, and Deli-icious.  Trucks will start serving at 4 p.m. and the evening will feature free live music from Peak City Sound.

On a course unlike any other, the Live Fearless 5k at the SAS Championship (formerly the Blue 5k) presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina returns for the fifth year on Saturday, Oct 11. The course follows the smooth, flat cart paths at Prestonwood prior to the start of the second round and is an ideal setting for all ages and types of runners. Additionally, the first Live Fearless Corporate Challenge will take place which challenges companies to recruit employees and run together while promoting health and wellness in the work place. Runners can register at www.saschampionship.com and will receive a commemorative running tech shirt and admission to the tournament.

Immediately following the 5k race, WakeMed Families First Fun Fest will open.  The highly interactive and entertaining programming will have plenty of kid-friendly activities including a giant slide, bounce house, arts and crafts, and face painting.

Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of the News & Observer. Parking for the SAS Championship, and community events is free of charge and located at Bond Park.  Complimentary shuttle buses will bring spectators and families to and from the parking area.

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.

PGA Championship Perfect Send-Off for Kenny Perry

Perry and Defending Champion Russ Cochran Commit to SAS Championship

CARY, N.C. (AUGUST 6, 2014) – This week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., will be a celebration for former SAS Championship Winner Kenny 

Perry. Tournament officials are pleased to announce that Perry and fellow Kentucky native and defending SAS Championship winner, Russ Cochran, have both committed to the Official Champions Tour event taking place Oct. 10 – 12 at Prestonwood Country Club.

“Anytime you have a former champion competing in a major tournament it is a big deal and we wish Kenny all the best this week at a place that has meant so much to him,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “To see players like him at the majors is a testament to the level of talent that competes every week on the Champions Tour and it will be a pleasure to welcome Kenny and Russ back to Cary.”  

After earning a special exemption from the PGA of America into the field this week, Perry returns to the site of his best major finish.  In 1996, he lost to Mark Brooks in a playoff, the first time the PGA Championship was played at Valhalla Golf Club.

“To me, this is it (Valhalla Golf Club), I’ve got way too many memories here. This place is probably number one in my heart,” said Perry. “It’s a tremendous place for me to be in my home state.  It’s one of those kinds of gifts, to be able to come back to Valhalla, to where it all kind of started for me. To be able to say goodbye, shake a lot of hands, and thank a lot of people.”

Perry has had a strong performance in the first half of the year, he claimed his third career Champions Tour major by winning the Regions Tradition in May. It was his third straight Champions Tour major following the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and the U.S. Senior Open in 2013, the latter of which qualified him for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Perry finished tied for 28th, but hit one of the most memorable shots of the week, holing out for eagle on the 14th hole from 144 yards during the third round.

Last weekend, Perry captured his seventh career Champions Tour victory at the 3M Championship edging fellow SAS Champion Bernhard Langer. 

While Cochran is not in the field at Valhalla, he will return to Cary in October to defend his 2013 SAS Championship title and try to become the first three-time winner in the event’s 14 year history having also won in 2010. Cochran currently has five Champions Tour victories, including one major, the 2011 Senior Open Championship.

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