Michelob ULTRA Golf Tour 2004 Champions Crowned
The 2004 Championship Week exceeds all expectations
PALM SPRINGS (October 4, 2004) – The 2004 Michelob ULTRA Golf Tour Championship Week, consisting of the Sir Elford Cup team event and the stroke play National Championship, came to a close this past Sunday in Palm Springs, CA. Over 500 golfers from around the US competed in the week’s two events on five courses throughout the Palm Springs area.
The Tour’s main event, the 2004 National Championship, was played amongst Landmark Golf Club, Westin Mission Hills and the Marriott Shadow Ridge golf course. Nearly 400 players competed in 12 flights over 54 holes, with the top 25% finishers in each flight advancing on to compete in the final round for the title of National Champion.
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 a 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).
Earlier in the week, players represented their respective Tour cities in the 2004 Sir Elford Cup team competition. Each team fielded 12 players (2 per flight) to compete in three match formats over 54 holes, with multiple formats (2-person best ball, 2-person scramble and individual match play). Play was held at both Trilogy Golf Club and the PGA WEST Stadium course.
Following play at the awards party at the Beer Hunter Bar and Grill, last year’s defending champion, Palm Springs, presented the Sir Elford Cup to the team representing Phoenix, AZ. In addition to the title of Team Champion, each team member of the team also received a miniature version of the cup along with a Michelob ULTRA golf bag and watch.
Phoenix team captain commented on his team’s victory, “Going into the individual (final) round, we had a slim lead but managed to hold on. You never know what can happen in one-on-one matches, especially on a course like Trilogy.”
“Overall, I am extremely pleased with the outcome. The team members deserve it, and the cup gets to stay in Phoenix until next year”, commented Guest.
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.
The Tour hosted a raffle party at the 19th Hole Bar and Grille where John Taylor of the Jacksonville Tour proved to be the luckiest member at this week’s events. Taylor was randomly chosen for a spot to represent the Michelob ULTRA Golf Tour in the PGA TOUR’s Tour Championship Pro-Am in November at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Other prizes given included TaylorMade tour bags, r7 drivers, Tour umbrellas, Michelob ULTRA coolers and watches.
For complete results for all flights, please visit http://ultragolftour.com/champweek.
The Michelob ULTRA Golf Tour, headquartered in Tampa, FL, is a nationwide tour for amateur golfers with nearly 4,000 members competing in over 400 events in 50 cities each year. The Tour is owned and operated by the American Amateur Golf Tour, LLC.