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Whisper Rock National Invitational: Final Results

Brian Krips and Jonathan Marsico win the Mid-Amateur Division by one shot, while Paul Balatti and Randy Haag run away from the Senior field

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (April 17, 2010) -- Brian Kreps rolled in a 28-footer on the 54th hole to break out of a four-way tie for first at 10-under par, and win the Whisper Rock Invitational. Kreps and his partner Jonathan Marsico shot 68 on the day, tying them for low round. Ed Cuff, Jr. and Mike Rowley were playing with Kreps and Marsico and had a slightly shorter birdie putt that just missed and finished at 10-under par. In the group right behind, Jim Strickland and Joe Bendetti had a chance to tie for the lead, but failed when Strickland’s chip shot lipped out for birdie. And the final bullet was dodged when overnight co-leaders, Jeb Blacketer and Cooper Johnson missed an 18-footer for birdie on their final hole.

In the Senior Division, it was a two-horse race between past champions. 2008 Champions Bert Atkinson and Stuart Fred birdied Nos. 2, 3, and 4 to cut the five-shot overnight lead to two. But, defending champions Balatti and Haag birdied five of the next six holes to extend the lead back to six and never looked back, capturing their second straight title. Both teams shot 64, the low round of the day. Balatti and Haag’s three-round total of 23-under par (193) set a new tournament record, breaking Atkinson and Fred’s previous mark of 18-under par.

Final results from the Whisper Rock National Invitational follow:

Mid-Amateur Division
(Courses/Yardages: Lower/7203, Upper/7288, Lower/7253)
Player 1 Player 2 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total (+/-)
1 Kreps, Brian Marsico, Jonathan 69 68 68 205 -11
2 Blacketer, Jeb Johnson, Cooper 65 69 72 206 -10
Cuff Jr, Ed Rowley, Michael 68 69 69 206 -10
Bendetti, Joe Strickland, Jim 69 69 68 206 -10
5 Kavelman, Dennis Quinn, Dan 67 67 75 209 -7
Grier, Steven Holmes, Chance 70 67 72 209 -7
Carpenter, Michael Kavanaugh, Charles 72 69 68 209 -7
8 Haden, Taylor Hayes, Ben 70 67 73 210 -6
Barsotti, Todd Wilson, Jeff 70 68 72 210 -6
10 Kelly, Dave Shaw, Brad 72 71 68 211 -5
Almquist, Scott Franey, David 74 69 68 211 -5
12 Arvidson, Anthony Vickers, Warren 70 69 73 212 -4
Mitchell, Ryan Sanders, Joe 71 69 72 212 -4
Morley, Earl Schaeffer, Bobby 73 71 68 212 -4
15 Jennings, Dan O'Malley, Sean 73 68 72 213 -3
Gullion, Joey Mumford, Brent 77 68 68 213 -3
17 Burke, Billy Fisk, Corey 72 70 72 214 -2
18 Carlson, Chris Ledzinski, Jerry 71 71 74 216 E
Fuhr, Grant Roenick, Jeremy 71 71 74 216 E
Hutcheson, Bill Palladino, Vince 71 71 74 216 E
Chesley, Steve Daffer, Tony 73 72 71 216 E
22 Couch, Geoff Donovan, Darryl 71 70 76 217 1
23 Fujimoto, Jeff Irwin, Steve 72 72 75 219 3

Senior Division
(Courses/Yardages: Upper/6921, Lower/6828, Lower/6772)
Player Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total (+/-)
1 Balatti, Paul Haag, Randy 67 62 64 193 -23
2 Atkinson, Bert Fred, Stuart 68 66 64 198 -18
3 Jackson, Bill Ruffin, Rick 71 68 70 209 -7
Boockford, Bill Lind, David 71 70 68 209 -7
Bracken, John Ocker, Ronny 72 70 67 209 -7
6 Karper, Philip McGee, Mac 73 68 69 210 -6
7 Kelley, George Nelson, David 69 71 71 211 -5
8 Olive, John Sollenberger, Mark 70 70 74 214 -2
Emich, Fred Saivar, Jim 71 69 74 214 -2
Newton, Jeff Parsons, Chuck 68 73 73 214 -2
Forey, Sean Hotchkiss, Jim 69 72 73 214 -2
Legere, Jacques Postillion, Victor 76 67 71 214 -2
Cox, Fred Wear, Charlie 75 69 70 214 -2
14 Lyons, Eddie McBee, Billy 71 72 72 215 -1
15 Clement, Dave Pumphrey, Jay 75 68 73 216 E
Rule, Jack Smazal, Stan 73 71 72 216 E
Antoniou, Vance Mayer, Gerry 74 70 72 216 E
18 Goode, John McDonald, Robert 74 66 77 217 1
Dutton, Scott Hogan, Mike 72 70 75 217 1
Hakes, Steven Hays, Jim 73 71 73 217 1
Burns, Ron Harrington, Bob 74 70 73 217 1
Francis, Stuart Williams, Jim 77 68 72 217 1
23 Petit, Rich Staskus, Mike 70 72 76 218 2
Franz, Mark Post, Charlie 71 71 76 218 2
Knoll, Jim Luther, Dan 75 68 75 218 2
26 Bevers, Jerry Sullivan, Pat 67 76 76 219 3
ABOUT THE The National at Whisper Rock

A two man best-ball invitational event with Mid- Am and Senior Divisions. Played at both lower and upper courses at the very highly acclaimed Whisper Rock Golf Club, which boasts many Tour players among its membership, including both Phil Mickelson AND his caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay.

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