Two Man Links Championship: Final Results
06 May 2010
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

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

BANDON, Oregon (May 5, 2010) -- Steve and Andy White, a pair of brothers who live in different parts of the country but frequently play in Four Ball events together, have won the 9th Annual Two Man Links Championship at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

The Whites were first year contestants in this event, but Steve (of Jackson Wyoming) was able to help Andy (of Signal Mountain, TN) with the lay of the land based on his knowledge of Bandon Trails and Bandon Dunes, where he competed (and made match play) in the 2008 USGA Mid Amateur. The pair fired a 4-under 67 in the first round at Pacific Dunes and never trailed after that. Andy White may have hit the shot of the tournament proper -- their were aces made in practice rounds however, see notes below -- he drove the diabolical 14th at Bandon Trails and made the putt for eagle. Caddies ready to leave the green (yes, he hit into them, but it was safe) said if the enormous tee shot had cleared one more foot of the ridge there was a good chance it was going in.

On a side note, we ran into Bandon Trails co-architect Bill Coore on the way home at the Coos Bay airport, and after he heard us talk about that hole all the way there on the limo bus he told me "Ben and I know that the hole is right on the edge -- it's the kind of hole where you can make a 2 or a 10." He wouldn't commit to any impending changes, but was clearly pleased with how high Bandon Trails is starting to rank on players' list of the top courses at the resort.

Posting 3-under 285 for the event, the White brothers won by 12 strokes over another pair of brothers from El Dorado Hills in Northern California (Kent and Doug Powell) and a "match made in heaven" team of Ed Turner and Keith Schwartz. Turner, of Dallas, and Schwartz, of San Mateo in Northern California, were paired together by Tournament Committee and literally met for the first time at the tournament welcome party. They were the only team to have descending rounds throughout the event -- look out next year when they return!

In the Net Division, another noteworthy achievement was recorded by George Stevens, Jr. (Washington, D.C.) who shot his age (78) while playing with his son Michael of Studio City, Calif. Even better, they won the Net Division by 2 strokes over Mark Utter and Randall Schwartz (yes, he's Keith's brother). A key turn came at the 17th hole of the final round at Bandon Dunes, where Stevens and Stevens took the lead for good when Michael rolled in a 20 foot par putt on the largest green on the entire complex. The Stevens' final round of 62 was one of the lowest ever posted in this event.

Sherman Haggerty and Ben Whipple of El Dorado Hills defended their title in the Senior Division by 11 strokes over Jeff Newton of Pleasanton, CA and Chuck Parsons of Springfield, Ohio. Haggerty and Whipple, according to Stephen Friend (who played with the pairing during three rounds) covered each other so well that it was as if one player knew it was their turn to step in whenever the other struggled. "Ham and Egg" works pretty well at Bandon Dunes.

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ABOUT THE 2025 Two-Man Links at Bandon Dunes

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

$3695 -- ** 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

(separate bedrooms and bathrooms, shared common area). includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of tournament prizes and welcome gifts for all players


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