Russell Chabaud and Alan Ferries take Champions Cup Four-Ball Invitational
Russell Chabaud and Alan Ferries (Champions Golf Club)
Russell Chabaud and Alan Ferries (Champions Golf Club)

Russell Chabaud and Alan Ferries held off a talented field to win the Champions Club Four-Ball Invitational by one shot over two teams. The Champions Cup was the brainchild of two legendary golfers - Jimmy Demaret and Jackie Burke Jr.

The 55th edition of this mid-am staple saw three teams dueling on the back nine in the final round of the Cypress Creek Course.

It took scores of 64-67-68-68 for Ferries and Chabaud to reach 17-under par. The winning duo made 25 birdies over the course of the 72 holes event.

The final round started with three teams clear of the field. Ferris and Chabaud held a one-shot lead. Teams Keith Kerr and Michael Parker were one shot behind the leaders and Kevin O'Brien and Matt Vogt were two shots behind.

Both chasing teams shot 34 on the opening nine holes. Kerr and Parker, the defending champions, pulled into a tie and O'Brien and Vogt were sitting one shot back.

Kerr and Parker were able to muster one birdie on the 14th hole without any bogeys while O'Brien and Vogt shot even par on the back with one birdie and one bogey.

Down the stretch, Chabaud and Ferries made birdies on hole nos. 13, 14, and 16. A bogey on the 17th hole added to the drama on 18, but pars for all three teams involved left Chabaud and Ferries on the top of the leaderboard by a shot.

This is the first win for Chabaud and Ferries in the Champions Cup.

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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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