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Scott Pitts and Tim Lovell lead AG Two Man Links
23 Apr 2021
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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Andrew and Simon Zacks with Mike Smith (far left) and Briggs Matsko
Andrew and Simon Zacks with Mike Smith (far left) and Briggs Matsko

We expected big things for the 20th annual playing of the Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes. But we wouldn't have called a 10-under 62. It's hard to see rounds like those coming.

The Georgia duo of Scott Pitts and Tim Lovell really "enjoyed the walk" today at Bandon Dunes -- which less than a year ago hosted the U.S. Amateur -- posting a tournament record round of 62 that is good for a 5-shot lead in the 72-hole tournament.

It's a long week, but Pitts and Lovell made it clear that they can make birdies -- and plenty of them.

After a bogey on No. 1 (which was saved by his partner's par) Scott Pitts made birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 9 to take the team to 4-under, and he was just getting started.

After his partner Lovell birdied one of the toughest holes on the course (No. 11) Pitts went red again, birdieing 13, 14, and 15, taking a brief pause on No. 16 with a par, and then closing with birdies on the tricky 17th and par-5 18th.

It's not an individual game, but Pitts fired 65 on his own ball, which would lead the gross division on it's own.

Pitts and Lovell are trailed by two teams at 5-under. Jason and Jack Anthony from the San Francisco Bay Area posted a solid 67 at Bandon Dunes. Jason, the son in the pair, is a veteran of multiple USGA events and a recent champion of the San Francisco City Championship -- a Northern California "major." Charles and Mason Mazzola also posted 67 at Bandon Dunes.

And talk about career rounds -- at 4-under gross is the father/son pair of Andrew and Simon Zacks, who played Pacific Dunes. And get this -- Simon is a 5-handicap who has never broken 70, until today that is. His 69 was met with more than his usual grin walking off the green. And deservedly so. The Oregon Duck senior made five birdies on the front nine, and eight pars and one bogey on the back.

In the Net Competition, the team of Joe and Joseph Kowalski from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area lit it up with a 13-under 58 at Pacific Dunes, to take a 3-shot lead over Andrew and Simon Zacks (10-under net).

"I shot 50 on the back nine yesterday in my practice round," joked the elder Kowalski, beaming after making four gross birdies and shooting and 84 on the day.

With a full field of 80 golfers, the 20th Two Man Links Championship is looking like one of the best-ever. But mother nature may have plans for us later this week, as the Oregon Coast looks to be getting a little more rugged starting Saturday for the second round.



ABOUT THE AGC 2023 Two Man Links at Bandon

**The field is full and we have started a wait list BUT every year several teams get in off the wait list -- if you and your partner are interested in playing, both of you should register for the wait list ($25, refundable should you not get in the tournament).


He who hesitates is lost. And the 22nd Two Man Links Championship is going to fill quickly, so don't wait! Join us for AmateurGolf.com's flagship best-ball event at the highly-acclaimed Bandon Dunes Resort - site of the 2020 U.S. Amateur! The tournament features Championship, Senior Championship, and Net and Father & Son Divisions (with gross and net prizes) and it always draws a diverse group of players from across the U.S. and Canada.

GEORGE AND MICHAEL STEVENS FATHER & SON CHAMPIONSHIP
AmateurGolf.com is pleased to report that the Father & Son division continues to grow, with 50% of the field in 2021 and 2022 comprised of Father & Son teams! We award gross and net prizes in this division, with teams also eligible for the overall gross or net championship.
WHAT'S INCLUDED:

(4) nights lodging at Bandon Dunes Resort (see options below)
(4) tournament rounds (1) at each at four of the resort's five courses
(1) gala tournament dinner (golf attire fine)
$10,000 in prizes and awards (based on 80 players)
Tournament awards for division winners
Welcome gifts for all players

ITINERARY

Thursday, April 20, 2023
Arrival day, golf at player's expense today for those that arrive early enough or complimentary use of awesome range
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Friday, April 21, 2023
Tournament Round 1
Bandon Trails
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Tournament Round 2
Pacific Dunes
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Sunday, April 23, 2023
Tournament Round 3
Old Macdonald
- evening: 7:00pm - Dinner at Bandon Dunes- Macdonald Hall (above McKee's Pub)
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Monday, April 24, 2023
Final Round at Bandon Dunes
- morning tee times tbd based on number of players -- please check out of your room prior to play unless arrangements have been made to stay over
- Tournament Awards immediately following play at Bandon Dunes.

COMPETITIONS

Prizes will be awarded by division based on the number of players in that division as follows:

Father & Son Team (Low Gross and Low Net)
Open Team (Low Gross and Low Net)

SENIORS: A trophy and bonus will be awarded to the lowest gross score among teams where both players are age 50 and over)

For net scoring, play will be at 80% of course handicap, with a maximum allowance of 18 for each player, and using the low handicap index for the past year from the USGA GHIN System. A maximum combined team handicap of 36.0 is suggested.

Play will be from the Green Tees, except that those aged 70+ may elect to play from the Gold Tees.

**PRICING OPTIONS (per player)**

$2795 -- ** DOUBLE OCCUPANCY **
(rooming with another tournament player only) includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of prizes plus welcome gifts for all players

$3395 -- ** SINGLE OCC.**
includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of tournament prizes and welcome gifts for all players

** ONE OR MORE 4-BEDROOM SUITES MAY BE AVAILABLE. PLEASE INQUIRE WITH BRANDIE (AT) AMATEURGOLF.COM IF INTERESTED **

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