Co-leaders Derek Busby and John Talley
(Photo via George Adams)
HOUSTON, TX (April 27, 2017) - Teams from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and St. Martinville/Ruston, Louisiana each shot sizzling five under par 66’s to claim first round leadership of the 50th annual Champions Cup Invitational, held on the difficult 7,450-yard, par 71 Cypress Creek Course at Champions Golf Club.
Ben Blundell and Jordan Cook, hailing from Oklahoma City carded five birdies and no bogeys crediting precision iron play and superb putting for carding nines of 35-31 for their leading round.
Derek Busby and John Talley claiming home from St. Martinville & Ruston, LA, carded seven birdies and two bogeys for their leading round of 30-36.
Fifty-Six two-man mid-am teams, from 18 states, Japan and Scotland are competing in the 2016 event. The field is loaded with top amateur golfing talent that included over 400 appearances by the competitors in various USGA national championships. Average handicaps of the 112 players is +2.9 strokes per round. Average team score for day one was 70.75, just slightly under par.
Jack Burke, owner of Champions and 1956 Masters and PGA Champions advised 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”.
This 50th 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.
Editors Note: Story via George Adams of Champions Golf ClubView results for Champions Cup Invitational
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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