Jack (L) and Robin Burke (R) along with winners
DeVaughn Robinson (Center Left) and Craig Lurie (Center Right)
HOUSTON, TX (April 8, 2018) - Texans Craig Lurie / DeVaughn Robinson, from Houston, started with a two shot lead going into the fourth round and continued their steady and precise play to win the 51st Champions Cup Invitational carding a two-under par 69 on Sunday at Champions Golf Club. Their final 72-hole total of 269, 15 under par, put them on top of the 51 nationally ranked mid-amateur teams leaderboard.
Jack Burke, Jr., owner of Champions and 1956 Masters and 1956 PGA Championships commented, “Fabulous and steady playing by this year’s champions prevailed in the end. They were either on top or near the top of the leader from start to finish of the 4 rounds. They chipped and putted beautifully and only made one bogey for the entire week. That is truly amazing play on this most challenging championship venue, which will host the 2020 USGA Women’s Open Championship !”
Past champions, the Houston team of Gary & Eric Durbin, made run after run at the 2018 champions throughout the final round, but in the end, fell short after bogeying the tough par-3 16th hole, while Lurie/Robinson were able to record a par on the hole. Their aggressive play posted them a one-under par 70 for the day.
The Durbin/Durbin 272 total, 12 under par, captured the second-place position ahead of the 2015 Cup champions, Kyle Maxwell (Texas) and Derek Meinhart (IL) who shot the day’s best round of 5-under 66 for their third place 72-hole total of 273.
Chasing the top three finishers, the Texas team of Robert Gwin/ Scott Loving (275 – 9 under par) and the Louisiana team of Felipe Del Solar and Dustin Harris (276 -8 under par) stayed aggressive throughout the day and it paid dividends for their final score.
Average team score for day four was 70.64, compared to day three 74.79, day two 69.45, and day one of 70.03, over the par 71 championship layout Champions Golf Club Cypress Creek course with has hosted the Ryder Cup, US Open and multiple other national PGA and national championships over Champions 61-year history.
Fifty-one two-man mid-am teams, from 25 states, and Canada competed in the 2018 event. The field is loaded with top amateurs and average player handicap of +3.1 strokes per round.
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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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