The 2004 Michleob ULTRA Golf Tour's National Championship came to a close after 72 holes of exciting competitive golf. nearly 400 golfers competed across three courses: Westin Mission Hills, Marriott's Shadow Ridge, and Landmark Golf Club.
Conditions were superb for Sunday’s final round for the top 100 qualifiers at Landmark Golf Club, arguably the most difficult layout of all the courses during the week.
Low gross total for the event, and Nicklaus Flight medallist honors went to Gerry Simoni of San Diego. Simoni carded at 72-hole total of 296 (77-77-68-74) Simoni’s 4-under 68 at Westin Mission Hills on Saturday was the low round for the week. In a close second was Mike Nance of Atlanta with a 302 (75-77-75-75), followed by Tony Brown of Columbus (74-78-74-78--304).
Palmer Flight champion was Sarasota’s Scott Austin (82-76-77-78—313). After a rough first round, Austin rallied the final three rounds, “I didn’t get off to a great start, but just kept grinding and managed to pull out the win.”
Second and third place went to R.J. Opliger from Kansas City (80-77-82-79—318) and Bruce Moscovciak (79-79-76-84—31), respectively
Jacksonville’s Dwayne Cribbs won the title for the Hogan Flight by shooting a four-round total of 322 (77-85-78-82). Cribbs was followed by Rick Ramsey of Cincinnati (84-83-77-81—325) and third round leader Jeffrey Luhn of Chicago (77-81-80-88—326).
Mark Lee of Kansas City (88-78-85-84—335) maintained his second round lead to capture the Sarazen Flight title by 5 strokes over Kirk Guthrie of Dallas (85-82-87-86—340). Third place honors went to Washington DC’s Charlie Waters (83-87-84-87—341).
The title of Jones Flight National Champion went to Kevin Bradley of Jacksonville with an event total of 348 (79-91-94-84). Charles Roberts of Jacksonville finished second (88-90-86-87—351) followed by Palm Springs local Rick Adams (78-89-101-89—357) and Chicago's Mark Giebelhausen (91-82-89-95—357).
Atlanta’s Scott Ford brought home the hardware by carding a four-round total of 359 (86-92-92-89). Ford bested Tampa’s Wayne Kuntz (95-84-92-90—361) by 2 strokes. Third place in the flight went to Todd Hornsby of Kansas City (91-83-98-97—369).
Two notable highlights of the National Championship event came during Friday and Sunday’s rounds at Landmark Golf Club. On Friday, Hogan Sr. player Tom Moore of Indianapolis, IN carded an ace on the signature 15th island green with an 8-iron from 139 yards. It was Moore’s first hole in one in his career, which includes 8 years on the Michelob ULTRA Golf Tour. On Sunday’s final round, Tony Brown of Columbus holed out from 203 yards with a 5 iron on Landmark’s par three 13th to score the second ace for the event.
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