HOUSTON, Tex. (April 17, 2011) -- The Southern California team of Robert Funk and David Bartman carded a bogey-free final round 64 in the four-ball to win the 2011 Champions Cup Invitational by a single stroke over the two-time defending champions Kevin Marsh and Brady Exber.
"I played solid most of the day and when I was off, David was right there to back me up," commented Funk from his car heading to work."This tournament features some of the best mid-am players in the country, but we felt like we could play with anyone," said Bartman, who has teamed with Funk to win the 2008 SCGA Four-Ball and the 2008 Alternate-Shot. "Before when we played here, it was that one round that held us back, but that didn't happen this week."
It was, however, a scoring mistake that nearly cost them the championship. While Bartman usually handles the card details, on this day that job was designated to the caddy. They turned in a card that showed 67 as their score, which was in fact what they shot. But the numbers showed another total. "I had the scoring volunteer add it up twice," said Funk. "We were called about an hour after the round and were informed that our hole totals added up to 68 ... which is what we had take." Google Roberto di Vincenzo to see the implications of a similar mistake from the 1968 Masters.
Luckily for Funk and Bartman they had 3 days to recover from the scare and the additional stroke.
On their eighth hole of the final final round they were tied with the Marsh-Exber powerhouse. When Marsh made Eagle on the ninth Funk birdied the tenth. Bartman then birdied the 13th followed by a Funk birdie on the 14. They parred in and, despite a birdie on the 18th by Marsh, the Southern California team had clinched the prestigous title.
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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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