Two teams share First Round Champions Cup Invitational Lead
Co-leaders Derek Busby and John Talley <br>(Photo via George Adams)
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 Club

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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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