amateurgolf.com Two Man Links: Final
08 Apr 2009
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for 2025 Two-Man Links at Bandon Dunes, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

- Ben Whipple (left) and Sherman Haggerty
- Ben Whipple (left) and Sherman Haggerty

BANDON, Oregon (April 8, 2009) -- Ben Whipple and Sherman Haggerty had extra incentive to "finish off" their 54-hole Senior Division lead at the Two Man Links Championship, after recently letting a lead slip away at the Kiawah Island Two Man, where they were caught on the final day.

Today, in misty conditions, Haggerty and Whipple, of El Dorado Hills, California, posted an even-par 72 that allowed them to stay clear of Stephen Friend and Ken Knott, of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Friend and Knott made a nice run, but, according to Friend "the putter gave out on us" and they couldn't put the necessary pressure on the leaders.

In the Net Division, Norm Boucher and Tim Burke recorded their first victory in six tries in this event, posting a final round 67 that gave them a 3-stroke cushion over brothers Randall and Keith Schwartz. Just a week ago, Keith Schwartz suffered a fall and broke two ribs, so a second place finish was more than he expected.

After the round, Burke rushed off to appear at The Comedy Store on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, the same club where Richard Pryor got his start.

The Championship Division appeared to be a total runaway, with Andrew Matagrano and Greg Wardle of San Francisco carrying a whopping 9-stroke lead into the final round. So comfortable was the team with their lead, that they both went for a "Edel Putter" fitting with their caddie Tim Tucker, and switched putters on the spot before the final round.

Not so fast, Pete Davison of Connecticut and partner and tournament organizer Pete Wlodkowski of Carlsbad, Calif. mounted a charge and got within 2 strokes before Wardle saved a solid par on the treacherous par three 15th, and birdied the par-4 sixteenth. But all players were happy to make a game of it.

All in all, it was another solid year for this Championship, which will enter its 9th year in 2010. (Look for late April dates soon.)


* Tournament sponsor Straight Down provided all players with really swank windshirts, and Tuesday night's tournament dinner featured a scotch tasting with Macallan 18 and prizes from sponsors SeeMore, Bridgestone Golf, Prize Possessions, and Lamkin Grips. Thank you to all of these wonderful companies.

* An extra special note of thanks to Marketing and Special Events Manager Todd Kloster and the entire staff of Bandon Dunes, plus tournament director Jake Wiese, PGA and Trisha Williams from amateurgolf.com who took care of all of the important details

* At Tuesday's tournament dinner, a new perpetual trophy called the "Ken Ward Cup" was dedicated to the late Mr. Ward, of Champions Golf Club in Houston, TX. Mr. Ward passed away on Bandon Trails during a practice round in 2007.

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He who hesitates is lost. And the 24th 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 and countless major amateur events. 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.

AmateurGolf.com is pleased to report that the Father & Son division continues to grow, with 50% of the field in typically 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.

(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


Thursday, April 17, 2025
Arrival day, golf at player's expense today for those that arrive early enough or complimentary use of the impressive practice facility.
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Friday, April 18, 2025
Tournament Round 1
Pacific Dunes
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Saturday, April 19, 2025

Tournament Round 2
Sheep Ranch
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Sunday, April 20, 2025
Tournament Round 3
Bandon Trails
- evening: 7:00pm - Dinner at Bandon Dunes- Macdonald Hall (above McKee's Pub)
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Monday, April 21, 2025
Final Round
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.


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.

**LODGING OPTIONS (All prices are per player.)**

(rooming with your partner) includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of prizes plus welcome gifts for all players

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