Texas duo leads after opening day at Champions Cup
Matt Cordell and Bryant Lach (Photo submitted)
The Texas team of Matt Cordell and Bryant Lach combined for a sizzling 6-under 65 to claim the first-round lead at the 52nd Champions Cup Invitational, played at the par-71 Cypress Creek Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston. Their seven-birdie, one-bogey round, played on a beautiful South Texas day, earned this duo a one-shot lead over three teams.
There were some recognizable names among the chasers. Brady Exber, the 2014 British Senior Amateur champion, and partner Kevin March posted five birdies and no bogeys, Ben Blundell & Jordan Cook birdied the last five holes, and Chad Brandt & Clay Fullick carded one eagle, one bogey and four birdies to all reach 5-under 66.
In all, 56 two-man mid-am teams from 27 states and four countries (including the U.S., Japan, Canada and Scotland) are competing in the prestigious national four-ball event. The average team score for Round 1 was 71.32, just slightly over the par of 71 on the Cypress Creek course.
Jack Burke, owner of Champions, advised that 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” said Burke, the 1956 Masters and PGA champion.
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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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