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Champions Cup Invitational: Final Round Washout

HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 6, 2006)--The team of Andy Cooper of The Woodlands, TX, and Sandy Pierce from Houston won the Champions Cup Invitational when the final round was canceled due to rain.

The weather was a factor throughout, throwing off the schedule and ultimately shortening the tournament to 54 holes. After a violent hailstorm shut down power and halted the second round on Thursday, players were able to complete rounds 2 and 3 on Friday. But storms returned on Saturday and the final round had no chance of being played.

Nevertheless, it was a convincing win for Cooper and Pierce, who finished at 196, 20 under par. Two teams from Louisiana finished second and third, with Jeff Calloway and Kenley Jones three shots back at 17-under and first-round leaders Robby McWilliams and Rod Baronet six shots back at 14-under. Cooper and Pierce opened with a 7-under 65, and after a second-round 64 they were three shots ahead of McWilliams and Baronet and six ahead of anyone else. Jones and Calloway shot a third-round 64 to pull within three, while McWilliams and Baronet fell back with a 70.

Tied for 4th at 12-under 204 were Scott Loving and Shane Heise of Conroe, TX, and Louis Lee and Rick DeWitt of Colorado. The defending champions, Frank Acker and Brady Exber from Nevada, finished 18th at 210, 6-under par.

The Champions Cup is a popular team best-ball event that is known both for the strength of its field and for the quality of the host club and golf course. Champions Golf Club was founded by Jack Burke, Jr. and the late Jimmy Demaret in 1957. From its origin, the club has consistently carved its place in golf history hosting such prestigious events as the Ryder Cup Matches in 1967, the United States Open in 1969 and the PGA Tour Championship (five times, most recently in 2003).

Final results from the Champions Cup Invitational, played at Champions Golf Club in Houston, TX, May3-6, 2006:

1 Andy Cooper Sandy Pierce 65 64 67   196
2 Jeff Calloway Kenley Jones 66 69 64   199
3 Robby McWilliams Rod Baronet 64 68 70   202
T4 Scott Loving Shane Heise 69 69 66   204
T4 Louis Lee Rick DeWitt 68 68 68   204
T6 Austin Williams Chris Davis 71 67 67   205
T6 Buzz Baker David Leiss 68 69 68   205
T6 Chris James Kent Wiese 67 69 69   205
T6 Jack Tyson Scott Smith 66 69 70   205
T10 Greg Hale Tim Carlton 71 68 67   206
T10 Dean Hall Jess Allen 65 70 71   206
T12 Barton Goodwin Jeff Makohon 67 71 69   207
T12 Steve Gill Trent Booher 71 65 71   207
T14 Shawn Westacott Trevor Hyde 68 69 71   208
T14 Lynn Parker Mike Burke 67 70 71   208
T16 Craig Junio Steven Fink 71 71 67   209
T16 Bill Coleman Scott Almquist 68 71 70   209
18 Brady Exber Frank Acker 72 68 70   210
T19 David Jones Gary Krueger 74 71 66   211
T19 Glynn Johnson Tim Thompson 71 71 69   211
T19 Chad Brandt Randy Lee 69 73 69   211
T19 Blanton Hansen Jon Shipley 68 72 71   211
T19 C.D. Bale Scott Taylor 67 72 72   211
T24 David Ortego Scott Wiley 73 68 71   212
T24 Dan Dunkelberg Mark Lindberg 70 68 74   212
T24 Brett Snortland Mike Booker 67 70 75   212
T27 Dave Cunningham Keith Sbarbaro 72 71 70   213
T27 David Loosley Judd McGlohn 69 74 70   213
T27 Alan Hill Jeff Harvey 70 72 71   213
T30 Mark King Pat Mateer 75 71 68   214
T30 Darin Newhouse Jacky Lee 71 74 69   214
T30 Curt Maddux Michael Sullivan 73 70 71   214
T30 Erik Neilson Tom Beach 71 72 71   214
T30 Dan Carroll Daryl Dyte 72 70 72   214
T35 Drew LaBarbera Ross LaBarbera 71 76 68   215
T35 Randy Lance Tod Hensarling 72 73 70   215
T35 Craig Adams Kurt Hassberger 73 71 71   215
T35 Richard LaPierre Ron Kilby 73 70 72   215
T35 Carl Nanni Chris Kelos 71 71 73   215
T35 Robert Hakes Steven Hakes 69 72 74   215
T41 Kory Coles Steve Mattingly 73 70 73   216
T41 Artie Starrs David Leachman 70 72 74   216
T43 Brady Myers Jim Wilson 73 72 72   217
T43 Brian Streeter Mark Esposito 72 72 73   217
T45 Matt McEneny Steve Marland 73 71 74   218
T45 Joel Feinberg Kurt Murphy 70 74 74   218
T45 Brandon Wood Jimmy Burke 73 70 75   218
48 Steve Chappelear Toby Holt 70 73 78   221
T49 Lance Abel Murray Snow 76 76 73   225
T49 James Peebles Kevin Benesh 73 77 75   225
T49 Chris Beto Eric Bates 76 73 76   225
52 Mark Loomis Michael Doetsch 78 74 77   229
ABOUT THE Champions Cup

Champions is Jack Burke's club, and the Champions Cup is his invitational tournament. This is a special place, full of history and worthy of the championships it has hosted, which include the Ryder Cup, U.S. Open, U.S Amateur, U.S. Mid- Amateur and multiple Tour Championships. The Champions Cup is a 72- hole four-ball event with no cut. It is a very popular tournament that attracts a very strong, competitive national field. To be considered for entry, players must maintain a maximum USGA handicap of 3, be at least 25 years old and submit playing accomplishments to be considered. Walking is required. But long pants, are no longer mandatory. Contestants are urged to stay at the homes of Champions members (at no cost), but can arrange their own accommodations if desiring to do so.

NOTE: The tournament formerly required both contestants to be from the same state but has since waived that requirement.

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