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Bedsole and Balatti win 2004 Two Man Links Championship
25 May 2004
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Bandon, OR (May 25, 2004) - Mother nature delivered the full gamet of conditions to players in the 3rd Annual amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship this week, and Wednesday's final round topped them all, when sunny and windy opening round conditions yielded to fog and mist reminiscent of 'Golf in the Kingdom.'

"You really gave us a bit of everything this week," remarked competitor Fred Behling, who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the experience.

And while it's wonderful to enjoy the "golf as it was meant to be," as the Bandon Dunes slogan goes, the weather and world class links courses were only a backdrop for some pretty serious competition. The team of Kevin Bedsole and Paul Balatti entered the final round with a 5-stroke margin in the overall scratch division and with rounds of 67-68 under their belt (playing from the black tees) the field could only wonder if they would provide a little proverbial 'help' on the last day. If they went deep, the tournament was all but over.

Playing a group in front of the leaders, the formidable team of top-ranked amateur Randy Haag and the game John Hamm were able to post a 4-under-par round of 67 -- quite solid in conditions where several shots were literally blinded by the fog -- but as they turned in their card Haag and Hamm could only lament a team double that they knew might come back to haunt them.

That double bogey was carded on the par-4 8th, where both Hamm and Haag found the gorse on the right hand side that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

But Bedsole and Balatti, of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, had their own problems on the 13th, where they both found the Pacific Ocean with their tee shots -- in all fairness it was a tough shot into that fog -- and the pleasures of going under par for two rounds became a distant memory for at least 15 minutes.

Champs Kevin Bedsole(l) and Paul Balatti posted 6-under

They hung in and didn't let anything else seriously bad happen, then breathed a sigh of relief as they approached the scoring area at Pacific Dunes and learned the title -- and new tournament record -- belonged to them.

Although the lowest scores in the event were recorded by the 'older guys' the defending champ of the event, Greg Wardle of San Francisco, took solace in climbing to the top of the Championship leaderboard with his partner Pete Davison after a solid final round of 70.

'Youngsters' Pete Davison and Greg Wardle shot 70 on Wednesday

In the Net Division, the action was Golf Channel-worthy, as a Reality TV drama unfolded on the back nine. First round leaders Kevin McGillivray (Pacific Grove, CA) and Ken Griffith (Rocklin, CA) could only watch their five stroke lead evaporate into the fog on the back nine, when Joe Colmery (Alamo, CA) and Charles Smith (Pleasanton, CA) bringing out their Sunday best with back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th (one of them worth a net eagle) and a solid par on the 16th, with Griffith struggling with an impossible lie in the top of the back bunker (another place you wouldn't wish on your arch rival).

Colmery and Smith found the whole idea of victory to their liking, (go figure) and Griffith and MacGillivray represented what golf is all about-- you battle it out, then have a beer and laugh about it with the guys who got you...that time.

Net Champs Charles Smith and Joe Colmery overcame a 5-shot deficit on the back nine Wednesday

Tournament Notes

- Everyone in the field agreed that the tournament was enhanced by the wonderful sponsorship of UST Golf Shafts, The Golfer Magazine, Peak Bar, Fidra Golf, and of course The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. We all enjoyed meeting Jamie Pipes and Jim McIntosh of UST Golf Shafts, and getting launch monitor-fitted for a complimentary shaft at the fantastic practice center. The Fidra Stormshirts were a huge hit, and Peak Bars on the tee each day were great. Thanks to all of these wonderful sponsors!

-- Special thanks to Jennifer Alexander of amateurgolf.com, who did a wonderful job as Tournament Director and found time to send off a few zingers to the guys before tee-off. And Jamie Fay, Group Coordinator of Bandon Dunes, as well as C.J. Kreuscher of the Professional Staff and ALL of the wonderful employees of our favorite resort.

We will be back for the 'Fourth Annual' next year with a national field of 100 players. Stay tuned. (or contact us for a request for invite)

Final results from the amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship. The first and final rounds were played on Pacific Dunes, while the middle round (on Tuesday, May 25) was contested on the Bandon Dunes course.

Pacific Dunes (Rounds 1 and 3)
- Championship & Master/Senior Division: Black Tees, 6633 yards, par 71
- Net Division: Green Tees, 6142 yards, par 71

Bandon Dunes (Round 2)
- Championship & Master/Senior Division: Black Tees, 6732, par 72
- Net Division: Green Tees, 6221, par 71

Note: The Master Senior Division and Championship Division play for the overall title, but separate prize funds based on age were paid and results for overall and the three divisions are shown below.

OVERALL- All Teams who played Black Tees
Pos First Last First Last Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
1 Kevin Bedsole Paul Balatti 67 68 73 208
2 John Hamm Randy Haag 73 69 67 209
3 Greg Wardle Pete Davison 72 73 70 215
4 Rick Whitmore Rick Lindsey 67 73 75 215
5 Jim Fletcher Kelly Erardi 72 70 73 215
6 Kim Schwencke Kevin Davey 73 75 68 216
7 John Holt Geoff Waldou 72 73 72 217
8 Jamie Rector Pete Wlodkowski 72 71 75 218
9 Frank Boensch James Weick 78 73 75 226
10 Jim Silveira John Moore 80 72 74 226
11 Matt Allen Jamie Fay 79 75 75 229
12 Matthew Jones Don DeLair 71 80 79 230
13 Ralph Hamm Bob Albritton 77 74 79 230
14 Jamie Pipes Jim McIntosh 81 69 82 232
15 Sherman Haggerty Frank Dall 75 81 76 232
16 Steve Cantlay Joe Yurosek 76 77 80 233
17 Steve Spitts Scott Ryles 74 79 80 233
18 Ronald Tucker George Miller 75 79 79 233
19 Pierre LaBarge Tom Kuhn 76 81 76 233
20 Ken Harrison Don Daniels 77 80 77 234
                 
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION          
Pos First Last First Last Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
1 Greg Wardle Pete Davison 72 73 70 215
2 John Holt Geoff Waldou 72 73 72 217
3 Jamie Rector Pete Wlodkowski 72 71 75 218
4 Frank Boensch James Weick 78 73 75 226
5 Matt Allen Jamie Fay 79 75 75 229
6 Matthew Jones Don DeLair 71 80 79 230
7 Jamie Pipes Jim McIntosh 81 69 82 232
8 Steve Cantlay Joe Yurosek 76 77 80 233
MASTER/SENIOR DIVISION        
Pos First Last First Last Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
1 Kevin Bedsole Paul Balatti 67 68 73 208
2 John Hamm Randy Haag 73 69 67 209
3 Rick Whitmore Rick Lindsey 67 73 75 215
4 Jim Fletcher Kelly Erardi 72 70 73 215
5 Kim Schwencke Kevin Davey 73 75 68 216
6 Jim Silveira John Moore 80 72 74 226
7 Ralph Hamm Bob Albritton 77 74 79 230
8 Sherman Haggerty Frank Dall 75 81 76 232
9 Steve Spitts Scott Ryles 74 79 80 233
10 Ronald Tucker George Miller 75 79 79 233
11 Pierre LaBarge Tom Kuhn 76 81 76 233
12 Ken Harrison Don Daniels 77 80 77 234
                 
NET DIVISION          
Pos First Last First Last Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
1 Charles Smith Joe Colmery 65 65 64 194
2 Kevin MacGillivray Ken Griffith 64 63 69 196
3 Greg Bunting Mitch Friedman 68 69 63 200
4 David Marriner Gary White 69 72 67 208
5 Charles Mazzola Eric Hauser 74 71 65 210
6 Robert Dillon Allan Rappoport 71 65 74 210
7 Mike Roark Tom Callinan 71 69 74 214
8 Thomas Jablonowski Jeff Dehart 67 74 74 215
9 Michael Ofstedahl Jeff Kyer 72 70 74 216
10 Fred Behling Chris Caputo 72 74 NC NS
11 Tim Maas Mike Schoeder 77 75 71 223
12 Peter Pap Donald Ellis DQ   70 NS
  * card off              
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