amateurgolf.com Kiawah Island 2 Man: Final Results

KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina
(Feb. 27, 2007) -- Doug Clapp introduced his amateurgolf.com Kiawah Island Two Man Championship partner Dan Russo to golf when the two were attending Boston College Law School. Clapp, having played college golf at Amherst College, helped his left-handed friend Russo quickly hone his index down to the low single digits.

The two have played in several member guest tournaments together, and also competed in the amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes, Oregon, where they finished sixth.

Today, Clapp and Russo brought home the trophy at Kiawah Island with a steady round of 71 at the Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2007 Senior PGA Championship. It's the kind of golf course where anything can happen over the closing ocean holes.

Standing on the 16th tee, Clapp and Russo were tied at 6-under with playing partners Keith Holmes and Rocky Costa of Georgia, who were one back at the beginning of the day. Holmes and Costa took bogey at the 16th, and both teams made bogey at the treacherous par-3 17th, where water on the right and two huge bunkers on the left of the green provides one of the most claustrophobic tee shots in all of golf.

The par-4 18th hole was playing into the wind, and the group of Sandy Burgess and David Diponzio was already in the clubhouse at 4-under 212. With all three players missing the green left on the second shot, into a large waste bunker, Doug Clapp faced a shot of some 215 yards off the sand cart path on the left side of the fairway. Using a Bridgestone utility club which he received as a tee prize at Bandon Dunes, Clapp hit a shot that was nearly as good as the hole-in-one seven iron he hit the day before, launching it off the path to 20 feet.

Two putts from there insured the victory.

If the championship division was close, with the top three going 212-213-214, the net division was even closer.

The teams of Don and Jeff Corken and Lacy Hayes and Ernest Humpreys, playing together, tied at 6-under. The Corkens, who run a steel company in Kentucky, won the back nine cardoff to take home the net division trophy. Finishing third was Mike Casey and Bob Paulson, who in Paulson's words "had a great front nine, but gave some away on the back." Charles Chavez and Joe Staiti, who fired the low round of the day at 66, took fourth place money.

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Final results from the amateurgolf.com Kiawah Island Two Man Championship follow:

- Round 1: Turtle Point Golf Club
- Round 2: Osprey Point Golf Club
- Round 3: The Ocean Course

Doug Clapp, Walpole, MA / Daniel Russo, Savannah, GA 70 70 71 211
Sandy Burgess, Macon, GA / David DiPonzio, Macon, GA 73 68 71 212
Rocky Costa, Alpharetta, GA / Keith Holmes, 72 69 72 213
Todd Dickinson, Rochester, MI / Tom Studer, Chicago, IL 75 66 74 215
Sherman Haggerty, El Dorado Hills, CA / Ben Whipple, El Dorado Hills, CA 81 68 69 218
Toby Hearn, Myrtle beach, SC / Mike Midgette, Conway, SC 79 71 69 219
Thomas (Jay) Leonard, Hollis, NH / Thomas Monahan, Nashua, NH 70 76 76 222
Bret Taylor, Foothill Ranch, CA / Robert Warren, Mission Viejo, CA 75 73 80 228
Tom Piersanti, Malvern, PA / Jon Robinson, Devon, PA 80 73 76 229
Scott Blackley, Leesburg, VA / Rick Mix, Leesburg, VA 82 76 74 232
Steven Dyer, Summerville, SC / Allan Holmes, Charleston, SC 79 81 91 251
NET Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot
Don Corken, Florence, KY / Jeff Corken, Florence, KY * 71 68 71 210
Lacy Hayes, Charlotte, NC / Ernest Humphreys, Barrington, RI 74 66 70 210
Mike Casey, Brentwood, CA / Bob Paulson, Oakley, CA 75 66 71 212
Charles Chavez, Half Moon Bay, CA / Joe Staiti, San Jose, CA 73 74 66 213
Mike Kaplan, Macon, GA / Chris Wilson, Macon, GA 74 69 71 214
Geoff Brandquist, Leesburg, VA / Jeff Freitas, Leesburg, VA 73 68 74 215
Jack Czarnecki, Sanibel, FL / Jay Czarnecki, New Hope, PA 75 71 69 215
Jeffrey Howlett, Jenison, MI / Tom Kutchinski, Grandville, MI 73 72 73 218
John DeCarli, Manteca, CA / Larry Fillmore, Brentwood, CA 79 70 69 218
John Haynes, Summerville, SC / Andre Williams, Summerville, SC 73 73 73 219
Eric Czarnecki, Mt. Pleasant, SC / Kevin Czarnecki, Marlborough, CT 76 67 78 221
Dan Thome, Sparta, MI / Patrick Thome, Grand Rapids, MI 78 70 74 222
Jacques McCormack, Columbia, SC / Steve Smith, San Jose, CA 84 76 73 233
Tom Terry, Leesburg, VA / Rob Tidgewell, Leesburg, VA 78 74 83 235

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