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amateurgolf.com Two Man Links: Final Results

BANDON, OREGON (April 26, 2006) -- Greg Norman lost a six stroke overnight lead at the Masters in one of the most famous final round meltdowns in recent golf history. But that wasn't about to happen to Robert Funk and David Bartman at the Two Man Links Championship. Their lead wasn't 6, it was a whopping 11 strokes at the 72-hole best-ball tournament's 54 hole mark.

And Norman didn't have a tournament-tough partner to cover his back like Funk and Bartman did.

The tournament venue -- a variety-packed three course rotation at the Bandon Dunes Resort played over four days -- went Pacific Dunes - Bandon Trails - Pacific Dunes - Bandon Dunes. These aren't easy courses, and despite the overwhelming margin of victory, plenty of quality golf was played by everyone in the field over the course of four rounds (and we know that the best birdie wasn't made by the winners - that honor would go to "tough guy" Norm Boucher, who was hit in the neck by a ball on the 15th tee on Tuesday and responded by getting off the ground and making birdie).

Chris Brauner, of Austin, Texas and his partner Trey Owen, from Houston, shot a remarkable 2-under-par 69 in a full-on test of golf at Bandon Trails in the second round to stand at 5-under-par and just two strokes behind pre-tournament favorites Funk and Bartman at the tournament's halfway point. Both players have national tournament experience, and, along with top-drawer amateurs Mark Lindberg and Bob Neal (another Texas team), were ready for "moving day."

Shoot 10-under-par for 18 holes, however, as Bartman and Funk did in Tuesday's third round, and you're going to see your position on the leaderboard shoot up like Google's share price. If you're already at the top of the leaderboard at the beginning of the day, as they were, and there is only one round left, it's ball game.

Brauner summed it up after getting a first hand look at Funk and Bartman shooting a jaw-dropping 10-under-par 61 at Pacific Dunes on Saturday in the third round, "They won the tournament today, no question about it."

Bartman, a reinstated amateur who won the 2006 Trans-Miss Amateur at Prairie Dunes, and Funk, who recently shot even par over three rounds to capture the Southern California Mid Amateur, shot their best-ever four ball round on a relatively mild weather-day by pouring in 8 birdies and an eagle. Funk lit it up early, recording 5 birdies in the first 11 holes, then an adrenaline-pumping eagle on No. 12. Not wanting to hear about it in the clubhouse after the round, Bartman poured in a few of his own on the way home. And to close the round in style, Funk appropriately finished it out with a deft links-style bump and run up and down on Pacific Dunes' fantastic 18th hole, a rolling par 5 with some of the best bunkering and mounding anywhere.

At Bandon Dunes in the final round, Bartman and Funk settled down a bit, but their 3-under-par 69 got them to a tournament record 20-under-par total for 72 holes; likely to remain in place for a while.

Southern Californians Bobby Forster and Stephen Friend captured the Senior Division in a spirited competition that saw Texans George Adams and Richard Baker whittle away at a 5-stroke lead on the back nine in the final round to get within two strokes; Phil Ekdahl and Mike Hansen were wire-to-wire victors in the Net Division as their first round of 11-under-par 60 set the pace for a 18-under par tournament total. Michael Retter and Ted Geddis made a late charge (they made up 10 strokes on the champions after spotting them 12 strokes in round one) to get within two.

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Tournament Notes:
Special thanks to sponsors UST Golf Shaft, Bridgestone Golf and Fidra Golf for providing a wonderful set of tee prizes that included a dozen Bridgestone B330 Tour golf balls, a beautiful Fidra "Full Proof" jacket, and the utility or fairway club of each player's choice with a UST shaft and a Lamkin grip (provided courtesy of Lamkin Grips). Delivery of the clubs will be in the next 30-60 days, and amateurgolf.com will email you as soon as we have shipping information.We also appreciate the support of The Golfer Magazine in helping us extend the reach of this event.

Another note of thanks to amateurgolf.com staff members Liz McQueen, Art Law, and Casey Courtright, for running the Two Man Links Championship like a Tour event with wonderful signage, scorecards, first tee announcements, conditions of competition, and more. Working hard and smiling are great combinations! We also appreciate the support of Bandon Dunes' entire staff and especially Jamie Fay, our group coordinator, and Steven Borror, PGA, who provided us with the wonderful calligraphy scoreboards and rulings during the week. It has been fun to watch Bandon Dunes grow into a world-class operation over the five years we have been hosting an event there.

Next year's tournament is April 21-25, 2007. Many of you asked if we will give priority to this year's players since we expect another sellout. The answer is yes, in the next 30 days we will email you with a chance to signup with a financial incentive to lock in now.

With the increase in the quality and size of the field and number of states and countries represented has come increased attention and we are very appreciative of Jaime Diaz and J.D. Cuban of Golf World and Golf Digest for making the trip to Oregon to cover the event and the growth of amateurgolf.com. We'll let you know when a story hits the press!

Photos are now available, thanks to Bandon Dunes Resort's official photographer Wood Sabold. You can view photos at: www.bandondunes2manlinks.com/gallery.html (click the appropriate link for 2006). Note: Prints large enough to grace your wall can be ordered directly from Mr. Sabold, who can be reached at photowood@verizon.net.

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Final results from the amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship, played April 23-26 are listed below.

Round 1: Pacific Dunes

Championship Division: Par 71, 6633 yards, 72.6/138; Net and Senior: Par 71, 6142 yards, 70.3/134
Round 2: Bandon Trails
Championship Division: Par 71, 6765 yards, 73.4/130; Net and Senior: Par 71, 6260 yards, 70.9/135
Round 3: Pacific Dunes
Championship Division: Par 71, 6633 yards, 72.6/138; Net and Senior: Par 71, 6142 yards, 70.3/134
Round 4: Bandon Dunes
Championship Division: Par 72, 6732 yards, 73.9/142; Net and Senior: Par 72, 6221 yards, 71.1/133

Championship R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot +/- Pos Prize
David Bartman / Robert Funk 65 70 61 69 265 -20 1st 400 ea
Mark Lindberg / Bob Neal 67 72 69 70 278 -7 2nd 300 ea
Chris Brauner / Trey Owen 68 69 70 74 281 -4 3rd 200 ea
Jay Audia / Brad Mombert 71 72 67 72 282 -3 4th 150 ea
Jim Quinn / Ed Turner 68 78 68 71 285 -0- 5th 100 ea
Gregg Hemphill / Michael Ross 70 73 73 71 287
Peter Davison / Greg Wardle 71 76 68 72 287
Doug Clapp / Daniel Russo 70 73 72 72 287
Mike Moxie / David Walker 69 77 69 73 288
Frank Dall / Sherman Haggerty 73 77 66 73 289
Scott Hurley / Brian Johnson 70 75 70 75 290
Erik Hallgrimson / Pete Wlodkowski 71 81 71 68 291
Brad Kropp / Bill Roberts 73 76 71 75 295
Brad Christianson / Craig Christianson 78 80 67 74 299
Dave Cannon / Jamie Rector 75 80 72 75 302
Skip Pankewich / Randy Stuart 75 78 77 79 309
Senior (each player 50+) R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot +/- Pos Prize
Bob Forster / Stephen Friend 66 72 71 74 283 -2 1st 350 ea
George Adams / Richard Baker 72 70 70 73 285 -0- 2nd 250 ea
Michael Davis / Ben Whipple 71 76 70 70 287 +2 3rd 175 ea
Norm Duncan / Brian McGuire 71 75 72 73 291 +6 4th 125 ea
G. Scott Howard / Gordon Pogorelc 74 76 73 71 294 +8 5th 100 ea
Jack Robinson / Gil Wymond 76 74 70 75 295
Stan Eggers / Alec Grant 73 77 74 72 296
Jon Lipton / Eric Silver 78 74 76 77 305
Eric Hauser / Charles Mazzola 80 81 75 72 308
Harvey Campbell / Louis Long 78 80 75 75 308
Charles Gow / Joseph McCoy 73 77 79 79 308
Bayne Boyes / Edward Pearce 76 80 74 79 309
Frank Joga / Thomas Kelly 77 80 73 80 310
Fredrick Callahan / Patrick Thornton 75 75 79 81 310
Barry Lefkowitz / Bruce Lowen 77 81 81 74 313
Net R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot +/- Pos Prize
Phil Ekedahl / Mike Hansen 60 70 69 68 267 -18 1st 400 ea
Ted Geddis / Michael Retter 72 69 62 66 269 -16 2nd 300 ea
Craig Ratcliffe / Ken Schwoerer 63 71 68 70 272 -13 3rd 200 ea
Shawn Hennessy / Joe Pulford 66 70 70 67 273 -12 4th 150 ea
Greg Bunting / Mitchell Friedman 65 72 67 70 274 -11 5th 50 ea
Stephen Janachowski / Greg Leograndis 71 65 67 71 274 -11 5th 50 ea
Michael Stevens ./ George Stevens 64 73 70 68 275
Len Biss / Scott Hendin 71 71 65 69 276
Roland Hennessy / Lloyd Hennessy 66 71 72 68 277
Al Richardson / Jim Thurman 69 71 73 66 279
Jim Tarbell / T Tarbell 68 75 68 70 281
Stephen Steppe / Peter Steppe 69 72 70 73 284
Todd Beatty / Alan Guterman 69 76 73 72 290
Norm Boucher / Tim Burke 74 75 68 73 290
Ron Morris / Michael Tiret 73 77 74 69 293
Norman Lippit / Tom Pullman 76 86 70 71 303
Robert May / Jim Smith 70 77 73 wd 220
Frederick Baedeker / Brad McKinzie 66 69 75 wd 210


Low Rounds of the Day ($75 per player in proshop credit)

Round 1 at Pacific Dunes
Championship: David Bartman/Robert Funk - 65
Senior: Bob Forster/Stephen Friend - 66
Net: Phil Ekedahl/Mike Hansen - 60

Round 2 at Bandon Trails
Championship: Trey Owen/Chris Brauner - 69
Senior: George Adams/Rich Baker - 70
Net: Stephen Janachowski/Greg Leograndis - 65

Round 3 at Pacific Dunes
Championship: David Bartman/Robert Funk - 61
Senior: (Tie) George Adams/Rich Baker; Michael Davis/Ben Whipple; Jack Robinson/Gil Wymond - 70
Net: Ted Geddis/Michael Retter - 62

Round 4 at Bandon Dunes (low round out of overall money)
Championship: Pete Wlodkowski and Erik Hallgrimson - 68
Senior: (Tie) Charles Mazzola/Eric Hauser; Stan Eggers/Alec Grant - 72
Net: Al Richardson/Jim Thurman - 66
ABOUT THE amateurgolf.com 2006 Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes

Entries for the 2006 event have closed as of March 1, 2006 with 96 players in the field, a record. We are accepting waiting list entries via email to liz@amateurgolf.com. If you want to join us, we recommend getting on the wait list.

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Fifth Annual event, celebrating two of America's finest links golf courses (with the addition of a third in 2006), located in Bandon, Oregon. Visit the official tournament website for more information at www.amateurgolf.com/bandon. Three Divisions, Scratch, Senior Scratch, and Net.

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