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Coffin & Worthing Take Early Lead at Champions Cup
Jason Coffin and Bart Worthing beat the wind at Champions Golf Club (Champions photo)
Jason Coffin and Bart Worthing beat the wind at Champions Golf Club (Champions photo)

HOUSTON, TX (April 6, 2018) - The Texas team of Jason Coffin and Bart Worthing combined for a sizzling seven under par 64 to claim first round leadership of the 51st annual Champions Cup Invitational, held on the difficult 7,450-yard, par 71 Cypress Creek Course at Champions Golf Club. Eight birdies during a blustery day in South Texas earned the duo a one-shot lead over three teams.

Felipe Del Solar (LA) & Dustin Harris (LA), Ryan Clark (TX) & Broc Haymon (TX), and Gary & Eric Durbin (TX) each carded six-under par 65 to trail by a shot going into Friday’s second round.

51 two-man mid-amateur teams from 25 states and Canada are competing in the event. The field is loaded with top amateur golfing talent that includes over 800 appearances by the competitors in various USGA national championships. Average handicap of the 102 players is +3.1. The average team score for day one was 71.75, just slightly over par.

This 51st annual event is being held Champions Cypress Creek Course, which has hosted multiple USGA, Sectional and Texas events over the years. Included on that list include the Ryder Cup, US Open, Five Tour Championships, US Amateur, and will play host to the 2020 USGA Women’s Open.

Jack Burke, owner of Champions and 1956 Masters and PGA Champion advised that the Cypress Creek course is an extremely difficult test of golf and is truly testing all the players to their golf course management skills. “Once the wind kicks up and starts swirling around the golf course, the golfers are really going to have to be precise with their shots or face severe consequences. And the large greens put a real premium on solid putting,” said the 1956 Masters and PGA Champion.

This 51st annual event is being held Champions Cypress Creek Course, which has hosted multiple USGA, Sectional and Texas events over the years. Included on that list include the Ryder Cup, US Open, Five Tour Championships, US Amateur, and will play host to the 2020 USGA Women’s Open.

Round Two is scheduled for Friday, and the tournament is scheduled to complete on Sunday afternoon.

ABOUT THE Champions Cup Invitational

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

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