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Bandon Dunes Golf Links - Hole No. 5
Bandon Dunes Golf Links - Hole No. 5

BANDON, Oregon (April 25, 2007) -- The third time was the charm for Bill Roberts and Brad Kropp.

The two players from Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma entered the final round tied with brothers Bill and Tim Liebe from St. Louis, then fed off each other's solid play in the final round in fashioning a 4-under 68 at Bandon Dunes. Roberts and Kropp opened up a four shot lead after six holes in the final round, as they birdied Nos. 3 and 4 and the Liebe brothers made three-straight bogeys on Nos. 4-6.

The Liebe brothers birdied the 7th and 8th holes to get back to just 2-down, but gave the strokes back just as quickly with bogeys at 10 and 11. When Roberts and Kropp birdied the par-4 14th and followed with a rare birdie on the par-3 15th, they took a 5 stroke lead into the closing three holes. Thinking they might need to birdie No. 18 to insure a victory over the other teams in the division, Roberts and Kropp got one there as well.

The Liebe brothers, for their part, may have come in second in earnings, but as Tony Lema once famously said after trailing Jack Nicklaus on the money list, "came in first in spendings." The team averaged over five birdies per day, but spent those crucial best ball score-helpers with several strings of bogeys and a team quad on the par-3 2nd hole at Bandon Trails in round two.

"We made 21 birdies and an eagle this week, and we couldn't break par," remarked younger brother Tim.

Senior Divisions field a record 22 teams:
The Senior Division, due to its size and age- diversity, was broken up into a Senior and Super-Senior Division, based on the median combined age of the players. Everyone was eligible for the overall title, which places their name on the perpetual trophy, since all played the same tees. As it turned out, first-time players Mark and Robert Stuart from New York won their division by 10-shots, and the overall title by just 1. Mark, who goes by the nickname "Buddy" has won the Winged Foot Club Championship five times. The team posted 4-under with consistent play every day and a fine score of 70 at Bandon Dunes in the final round which allowed them to overtake defending Senior Division champs Bobby Forster and Stephen Friend of California, who posted 73 on the last day for a total of 282.

Net Division: A lot closer than everyone thought:
After Robert Bristow and William Strong of Austin's Hill Country posted rounds of 61-59 on the first two days, players were waving white towels and begging for mercy. One team of contenders, the father and son duo George and Michael Stevens, never lost site of the task at hand. Despite being 10 down at the halfway point, they were playing steady golf. In round three at Pacific Dunes George fired the round of his life, a 74 that beat his age by 1. The team gained only 1 stroke on the leaders after their third-straight 65, but picked up another four on the final day with a 9-under 63 at Bandon Dunes.

Special Thanks:
The tournament was greatly enhanced by the generosity of sponsors Bridgestone Golf, UST Golf Shaft, Lamkin Grips, Fidra, and Bandon By The Dunes Realty. We also appreciate the excellent service by the entire staff at the Bandon Dunes Resort. Things seem to get better there every year. Finally, thanks for the hard work and dedication of Tournament Director Liz McQueen and Rules Official Bill Biermann. We couldn't have the event without you!

* * * In Memoriam * * *
The entire field was deeply saddened at the passing of one of our tournament players, Kenneth Ward of Houston, Texas. Mr. Ward died on the golf course while playing an extra round with his friends. He was playing the game he loved with people he loved. To view an obituary and obtain a link to the online guest book for Mr. Ward, click here>


Final results from the amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship, played at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort follow.

Round 1: Pacific Dunes - Par 71, 6633 yds Championship; 6142 yds Senior and Net
Round 2: Bandon Trails - Par 71, 6765 yds Championship; 6260 yds Senior and Net
Round 3: Pacific Dunes - Par 71, 6633 yds Championship; 6142 yds Senior and Net
Round 4: Bandon Dunes - Par 72, 6732 yds Championship; 6221 yds Senior and Net

CHAMPIONSHIP Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Tot
1 Brad Kropp, Edmond, OK / Bill Roberts, Edmond, OK 69 74 70 68 281
2 Bill Liebe, Saint Louis, MO / Tim Liebe, Saint Louis, MO 74 71 68 73 286
T3 Bryce Hamilton, Kentfield, CA / Caleb Porter, San Francisco, CA 70 71 73 73 287
T3 Peter Davison, West Hartford, CT / Ben Whipple, El Dorado Hills, CA 71 76 69 71 287
T5 John Holt, Chatham, NJ / Geoff Waldau, Salisbury, NC 73 74 70 76 293
T5 Erik Hallgrimson, Los Gatos, CA / Wayne McClintock, Palo Alto, CA 70 76 74 73 293
7 Dave Cannon, Oakland, CA / Jamie Rector, Moraga, CA 76 76 74 68 294
8 Jeff Riggs, Greenwood Village, CO / Matrt Riggs, Greenwood Village, CO 75 71 72 77 295
T9 Frank Dall, El Dorado Hills, CA / Sherman Haggerty, El Dorado Hills, CA 79 75 74 71 299
T9 Bob Burnett, Piedmont, CA / Mike Kazickas, Demarest, NJ 73 76 74 76 299
11 Charlie Davis,Oakdale, MN / Skip Pankewich, Fort Worth TX 79 75 77 72 303
12 Rob Tsuyuki, Ladera Ranch, CA / David Walker, Lake Forest, CA 72 85 79 73 309
13 Lonnie Lindell, Las Vegas, NV / Harold Peabody, Long Beach, CA 79 74 80 77 310
14 Greg McKenzie, Crooksville, OH / Randy Stuart, Friendswood, TX 78 84 76 77 315
SENIOR DIVISION (Scratch) Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Tot
1 Bob Forster, Huntington Bch, CA / Stephen Friend, Redondo Bch, CA 71 66 72 73 282
2 George Adams, Houston, TX / Richard Baker, Houston, TX 67 76 72 72 287
3 Doug Schwarz, Richardson, TX / Ed Turner, Garland, TX 77 72 73 69 291
4 Mickey McDonald, Houston, TX / Roger Wagner, Tomball, TX 75 77 68 72 292
5 Frederic Callahan, Westwood, MA / Patrick Thornton, Williston, VT 71 74 75 74 294
6 Dann Merrell, W.Palm Beach, FL / David Merrell, Palm Beach Gdns, FL 73 75 77 72 297
7 Sean McKeown, N.Barrington, IL / Brad Vanacore, Columbus, GA 75 75 75 74 299
T8 Jon Lipton, Hedgerley, England / Eric Silver, West Chester, OH 73 76 78 73 300
T8 Larry Cerf, Oakland, CA / Chuck Diakon, Napa, CA 77 76 74 73 300
10 Joseph McCoy, Houston, TX / Bill Shean, Winchester, MA 79 82 74 73 308
SUPER- SENIOR DIVISION (Scratch) Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Tot
1 Mark Stuart, Larchmont, NY / Robert Stuart, W.Hampton Beach, NY 72 71 68 70 281*
2 Roger Hankins, Whitefish, MT / Carroll Lilly, Whitefish, MT 73 78 74 66 291
3 Jack Robinson, Modesto, CA / Gil Wymond, Modesto, CA 73 77 71 72 293
T4 Norm Duncan,Vancouver, Canada / Brian McGuire,Vancouver, Canada 71 80 74 70 295
5 Ed Pascoe, Birmingham, AL / Bob Wise, Birmingham, AL 74 74 76 73 297
6 Gordon Pogorelc, Centralia, WA / Scott Howard, Fox Island, WA 79 76 73 73 301
7 Harvey Campbell, Hoover, AL / Louis Long, Birmingham, AL 71 82 77 72 302
8 Mike Carroll, Vancouver, Canada / Marty Zlotnik, Vancouver, Canada 76 79 75 75 305
9 Bayne Boyes, Vancouver, Canada / Ed Pearce, Vancouver, Canada 78 79 79 75 311
NET DIVISION (Net, using 80% of course handicap) Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Tot
1 Robert Bristow, Lakeway TX / William Strong, Austin, TX 61 59 66 67 253
2 George Stevens, Washington, DC / Michael Stevens, Studio City, CA 65 65 65 63 258
3 Dan Farrell, Defiance, OH / Terry Huffman, West Hartford, CT 63 66 66 69 264
T4 Keith Schwartz, San Mateo, CA / Randall Schwartz, Burlingame, CA 62 70 68 70 270
T4 Eric Hauser, Pacifica, CA / Charles Mazzola, Oakland, CA 67 72 65 66 270
6 Dan McDonagh, Victoria, Canada / Doug Thompson, Victoria, Canada 64 70 72 70 276
7 James Murphy, San Francisco, CA / Robert Vernon, San Francisco, CA 72 65 74 67 278
8 Norm Boucher, Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Tim Burke, Glendora, CA 74 73 71 61 279
9 Brian Adair, Lafayette, CA / Tom Hsieh, San Francisco, CA 72 71 76 65 284
T10 Ernie Ferrari, Belmont, CA / Tom Kelly,San Carlos, CA 74 71 74 69 288
T10 Jim Tarbell, Larkspur, CO / TJ Tarbell, Larkspur, CO 71 74 73 70 288
T12 Heinz Pfuner, Lehigh Acres, FL / Johann Pfuner, Lehigh Acres, FL 77 73 71 70 291
T12 Joseph Casey, San Jose, CA / Larry O'Neill, San Jose, CA 73 77 73 68 291
T12 Eric Durell, Columbus, OH / Andrew Zacks, San Francisco, CA 73 70 75 73 291
15 Tom Costello, Rocklin, CA / David Hoxsey, Calistoga, CA 75 73 74 71 293
16 Matt Arnoldy, Moose Pass, AK / Jeff Hetrick, Moose Pass, AK 76 74 79 69 298

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