The American Amateur Golf Tour's 2006 season is officially underway after the completion of one of the Tour's premiere events, the Duel in the Desert III. The Primm Valley Golf Resort once again hosted the Tour's third annual pilgrimage to the oasis of Las Vegas, NV for 54 holes of team golf competition and fun.

As opposed to past years, Mother Nature dialed up perfect weather for the tournament weekend with sunny skies and highs in the mid 70's. The 100 2-person teams from across the US competed over three days in three formats (scramble, modified alternate shot, and best ball) to see who would take home the title of Duel in the Desert team champion for each flight.


Once again, the ability to golf year-round in Florida seemed to give the teams from the Sunshine State a slight edge over the field. In the Stardust Flight (flight 1), the team of Scott Austin and Rick Bibler, both from Sarasota, FL, held on to a one shot second round lead to win the event with a solid 2-under 69 in the best ball competition. Their 3-day total for the tournament was 202. Jurgens Abrie and Gerard Connolly of New York City and 2005 Duel champions Lindsey Dolamore and Brian Johnson of South Florida both tied for second with 204 totals. Terry Lunsford and Kenny Robshaw of Orlando, FL took fourth place.

Going wire-to-wire to win the Sahara Flight (flight 2) title, the Louisville, KY team of John Dennis and Doug Wolford totaled 208 for the event to win by 4 strokes over Robert Bristow and Bill Strong from San Antonio, TX. Tampa's (FL) Brad Atkinson and Eric Newsome finished third with a one-under-par total of 213.

In the Tropicana Flight (flight 3), Troy Allen and Scott Laing of Lakeland, FL came from behind in the final round to capture the title with a total of 216. Second place was a tie between Jamie Leach and Chris Sellers of San Antonio and Rich Fox and Bryce Chandler of Phoenix, AZ. Both teams shot a 3-day total of 219.

Having a year-round golf season doesn't mean you can't come to the Duel and win, as was the case in the Sands Flight (flight 4). On Sunday, the team from Des Moines, IA, Kevin Bowker and Kent Chapman held on to their second round lead to win the trophies. Their 228 total was three strokes better than Daniel Hatch and Matt McDevitt of San Diego, CA. Third place went to Des Moines' Michael Murray and Bob Young with a tournament total of 223.

In a repeat of last year, we had our first hole-in-one of the season at the Duel in the Desert III. William Beckner from Louisville, KY aced the par-3 11th hole on the Desert Course. Hopefully it won't be the last this year.


Overall the Duel in the Desert III proved to be even more successful than the previous years with perfect weather, great course conditions and a record attendance. The American Amateur Golf Tour would like to thank all who participated as well as their guests and significant others. The Tour would also like to thank Nevada Beverage, SportCover International, Pukka Golf, Primm Valley Golf Club and all those who helped make this event one of the premiere events on the schedule each year.

Next year's Duel is sure to be even better, so mark your calendar for February 2007.

Congratulations to the winners, good luck to all of the golfers the rest of the season and see you at Championship Week in October!