2014 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament Information

Orange County National’s Panther Lake Golf Course

Orlando, Florida

November 18-21, 2014

Scores at championstour.com

FINAL QUALIFYING STAGE

The field size at the Final Qualifying Stage is scheduled to be 78 players – 29 exempt players and 49 from Regional Qualifying at three different sites – Florida (20), Texas (15) and California (14). The Final Qualifying Stage will be conducted at stroke play over 72-holes, with no reduction (cut) of the field. The top five finishers will be exempt on the Champions Tour in 2015. Players who finish 6th to 12th will be conditionally exempt in 2015. In addition, the top 30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events on the Champions Tour in 2015.

Prize Money: Prize money will be distributed among the top 30 finishers and those tied for 30th place at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Final Tournament. First place will receive $30,000.

Alpha List of All 78 Contestants

Ben Bates – Pensacola, FL

He’s second on the list for most career starts (410) and most cuts made (226) on the Web.com Tour. He survived a four-way playoff for the final three spots at the Florida qualifier to advance to the finals.

Don Bell – Port Orange, FL

He’s a realtor who earned his spot in the finals with a T6 at the Florida qualifier where he shot three of his four rounds in the 60s.

Don Berry – Rogers, MN

He’s exempt into the finals as runner-up in the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship. He played two Champions Tour events in 2014 with a best finish of T59 at the Senior PGA Championship.

James Blair – Ogden, UT

He’s played 18 Champions Tour events, most recently the 2014 Senior PGA Championship where he missed the cut. His best finish is T6 at the 2006 Allianz Championship. He finished T11 with three other players to capture the final spots at the California qualifier to advance to the finals.

Charles Bolling – Glen Cove, NY

He’s played four Champions Tour events, most recently the 2014 U.S. Senior Open where he missed the cut. He finished T11 at the Texas qualifier to advance to the finals.

Guy Boros – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

He’s the son of World Golf Hall of Fame member Julius Boros and has wins on both the PGA TOUR (1996 Greater Vancouver Open) and Web.com Tour (3). He played four Champions Tour events in 2014 with a best finish of T10 at the SAS Championship where he led after a first-round 66. He’s using the first of a two-time exemption to contest the finals.

Andre Bossert – Switzerland

He played college golf at the University of Tulsa. He won the 1995 Cannes Open on the European Tour. He earned the 15th and final spot in a playoff over Glenn Joyner at the Texas qualifier.

Jeff Brehaut – Los Altos, Calif.

He’s made over 500 combined starts on PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and posted two wins on the Web.com Tour. He finished third at the California qualifier to advance to the finals.

Danny Briggs – Franklin, Tenn.

He played 173 events on the PGA TOUR with a T3 at the 1986 Tallahassee Open his best finish. He also played 235 Web.com Tour events without a win. He finished fourth at the Texas qualifier to advance to advance to the finals.

Greg Bruckner – Phoenix, AZ

He’s made over 300 starts on all three Tours combined, including 11 Champions Tour events in 2014 where he was T25 at the Senior PGA Championship. He won on the Web.com Tour in 1992. He finished 7th at the California qualifier to advance to the finals.

Pat Burke – Trabuco Canyon, CA

He’s a former PGA TOUR member and Australasian Tour winner. His brother, Michael, is a former National Club Professional Champion. He advanced to the finals after finishing second at the California qualifier.

Kevin Burton – Boise, ID

He finished 8th at the California qualifier to advance. He coaches PGA TOUR members Graham DeLaet and Troy Merritt.

Robin Byrd – Satellite Beach, FL

He’s a former regular on the Australasian Tour who has played a total of 12 Champions Tour events with a best finish of T38 at the 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He advanced to the finals with a T8 at the Texas qualifier.

Jim Carter – Scottsdale, AZ

He’s made a total of 27 Champions Tour starts in his career with a best finish of T5 at the 2014 Quebec Championship. He improved with each round at the Florida qualifier to finish T10 and advance to the finals.

Keith Clearwater – Orem, UT

He won two PGA TOUR events, both in his rookie year (1987). He won the 2010 Champions Tour Qualifying School. Since the first Champions Tour Qualifying School in 1985 no player has won medalist honors twice. He finished T9 at the California qualifier to advance to the finals.

Barry Conser – Scottsdale, AZ

He shot 300 in the California qualifier to finish in a four-way tie on the number and advance to the finals. He’s played in the Senior Open Championship the last two years and missed the cut both times.

Jeff Coston – Blaine, WA

He’s exempt into the finals by finishing third in the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship. He played six Champions Tour events in 2014 and opened with a par or better round in all but one of those events.

Joe Daley – Scottsdale, AZ

He won the 2012 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship but only posted one top 10 in 20 starts in 2014, a T3 at the Shaw Charity Classic. He finished 54th on the money list this year.

Marion Dantzler – Orangeburg, S.C.

He won an event in 1993, defeating Gary Nicklaus, who had his father, Jack, caddying. He open qualified for this year’s SAS Championship and finished T72. He advanced to the finals via a T13 at the Florida qualifier.

Jay Delsing – Kirkwood, MO

He’s a two-time Web.com Tour winner who played college golf at UCLA with Corey Pavin, Steve Pate, Tom Pernice, Jr. and Duffy Waldorf. He finished T10 at the Florida qualifier to advance to the finals.

Trevor Dodds – Chesterfield, MO

He’s a former PGA TOUR winner from Namibia who also has four Web.com Tour wins. He finished T13 at the Texas qualifier to advance to the finals.

Joel Edwards – Irving, TX

He’s a former winner on both the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour who has $4.5 million in career earnings. He played nine Champions Tour events in 2014 with a best finish of T34 at the 3M Championship. He’s using the first of a two-time exemption to contest the finals.

David Eger – Charlotte, NC

He’s a former USGA and PGA TOUR employee who has had four wins in 288 starts during his Champions Tour career. He’s using a one-time exemption to compete at the finals.

Eric Egloff – Sandy Springs, MD

He’s a former Australasian Tour player and PGA TOUR caddie who advanced to the finals with a runner-up finish at the Florida qualifier, shooting 65 in the final round. He’s made three PGA TOUR starts, missing the cut each time.

John Elliott – Jupiter, FL

He had five years with exempt status on the PGA TOUR. He made 292 starts on the Web.com Tour, winning twice. He advanced to the finals with a T13 at the Florida qualifier.

Frank Esposito – Monroe, NJ

He’s exempt into the finals by finishing fifth in the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship. He played three Champions Tour events in 2014 with a best finish of T39 at the Senior PGA Championship.

Gene Fieger – Naples, FL

He’s exempt into the finals by winning the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship. He’s played the Senior PGA Championship twice, finishing T68 in 2011.

Anders Forsbrand – Sweden

He’s a six-time European Tour winner. In 1993, he became the first Swedish player to play in all four major championships in the same year. In 2004, he was Bernhard Langer’s European Team vice-captain at the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills CC. He advanced to the finals by finishing third at the Texas qualifier.

Peter Fowler – Australia

He’s a former European Tour and Australasian Tour winner who topped the European Senior Tour money list in 2011. He also won the 1989 World Cup with Wayne Grady. His daughter, Georgia, is a model with IMG Models. He advanced to the finals with a T6 at the Florida qualifier.

Jeff Freeman – Windermere, FL

He played the Web.com Tour from 2000-2008. He won the 2011 Champions Tour Qualifying School. Since the first Champions Tour Qualifying School in 1985 no player has won medalist honors twice. He advanced to the finals with a T6 at the Florida qualifier. His brother, Robin, has played on all three Tours.

Bob Friend – Pittsburg, PA

He made 225 Web.com Tour starts, winning once – and 149 PGA TOUR starts where his best finish was a playoff loss to Billy Andrade at the 1998 Canadian Open. He played four Champions Tour events in 2014 with a best finish of T33 at the Senior PGA Championship. He advanced to the finals with a T13 at the Florida qualifier.

Robert Funk – Canyon Lake, CA

He finished 62nd at the 2013 Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament won by Wes Short, Jr. This year, he was one of four players to shoot 301 at the California qualifier, eventually earning the second alternate spot in a playoff. He advanced to the finals when the exempt Rick Fehr withdrew.

Rick Gibson – Canada

He’s a Canadian World Cup player who won twice on the Japan Golf Tour. He also won the 2014 PGA Seniors Open on the European Senior Tour and is exempt into the finals as a top-five finisher on the European Senior Tour money list.

Philip Golding – England

He won the European Tour’s French Open in 2003 and the 2013 Wales Open on the European Senior Tour. He advanced to the finals with a ninth-place finish at the Florida qualifier.

Gary Hallberg – Parker, CO

He’s a winner on all three Tours who owns a couple of historical firsts; he was the first four-time, first-team All-American in the history of intercollegiate golf and he was the first to earn a PGA TOUR card via money earned, rather than going to the Qualifying School. He finished 57th on the money list this year and has almost $3 million in Champions Tour career earnings.

Kirk Hanefeld – Acton, MA

Has three top-10 finishes in 68 Champions Tour starts. He finished T8 at the Texas qualifier to advance to the finals.

P.H. Horgan III – West Palm Beach, FL

He’s a three-time Web.com Tour winner and has 13 top-10s in 276 PGA TOUR starts. His only Champions Tour top-10 finish was a T10 at this year’s Quebec Championship. He lost a four-way playoff for three spots at the Florida qualifier to be the first alternate at that site and advanced to the finals when the exempt Tom Byrum withdrew.

John Inman – Durham, NC

He’s played exactly 900 rounds on the PGA TOUR with two victories. He and his brother, Joe, are one of 12 sets of brothers to win on the PGA TOUR. He’s had two top-10s in the last two seasons on the Champions Tour – a T9 at the Regions Tradition this year and a T9 at the 2013 Greater Hickory Kia Classic. He finished No. 60 on the money list this year.

Darryl James – Canada

He open qualified for his hometown event, the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, and finished 80th before heading to the California qualifier where he advanced to the finals with a T4 finish despite a third-round 81.

Steve Jones – Tempe, AZ

He’s the winner of the 1996 U.S. Open and is the only PGA TOUR major champion in the field. He’s earned $480,000 in 48 starts over the last four years on the Champions Tour. He’s using a one-time exemption to compete in the finals.

Glenn Joyner – Melbourne, Australia

He played college golf with World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie at Houston Baptist University before playing on the Australasian PGA TOUR. He lost a playoff to Andre Bossert for the 15th and final spot at the Texas qualifier but advanced when the exempt Bill Glasson withdrew before the start of the finals.

Skip Kendall – Windermere, FL

He’s won more than $8 million without a victory on the PGA TOUR. He made five Champions Tour starts after turning 50 this year and posted two top-10 finishes to earn $206,658 and finish 63rd on the money list.

J.K. Kim – Lancaster, CA

He open qualified for the 2013 Shaw Charity Classic and finished T68 for his best performance in four career Champions Tour starts. He advanced to the finals with a four-way T11 finish at the California qualifier, despite shooting a third-round 83.

Greg Kraft – Belleair, FL

He’s made 441 PGA TOUR starts, winning the 2008 Puerto Rico Open. He also has one Web.com Tour victory. He’s using the second of a two-time exemption into the finals.

Neal Lancaster – Smithfield, NC

He’s a former PGA TOUR winner who finished T4 at the 1995 U.S. Open where he posted a tournament-record, nine-hole score of 29. He matched that record nine-hole score at the 1996 U.S. Open. He advanced to the finals with a T3 at the Florida qualifier.

Barry Lane – England

He’s a former European Ryder Cup team member and World Golf Championship winner who collected a $1 million check for that victory in 1995. He owns five European Tour wins and four European Senior Tour victories. He is exempt into the finals after ranking 64th on the Champions Tour money list this year.

Jon Levitt – San Marino, CA

He’s made 32 starts on the Web.com Tour and a single start on the PGA TOUR, missing the cut at the 2000 U.S. Open. He finished T9 at the California qualifier to advance to the finals.


Jeff LeMaster – Las Vegas, NV

He’s made 10 starts on the Web.com Tour and one Champions Tour start – at this year’s Greater Gwinnett Championship where he finished T51. He finished T4 at the California qualifier to advance to the finals.
Peter Linhart – Las Palmas, Spain

He is a former European Tour winner at the 1999 Madeira Open. He survived a four-way playoff for the final three spots at the Florida qualifier to advance to the finals.

Chien Soon Lu – Taiwan

He’s been exempt on the Champions Tour from 2010-2014. He has yet to win but has recorded three runner-up finishes. He’s won over $3 million on the Champions Tour and this year finished 43rd on the money list, the first time he has been outside the top 30.

Gordon Manson – Austria

He has played in the Senior Open Championship three times but has yet to make the 36-hole cut. He finished T8 at the Texas qualifier to advance to the finals.

Dick Mast – Lynchburg, VA

He has won multiple times on the Web.com Tour and made 177 Champions Tour starts. He was T7 at this year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. His father, Ken played a dozen Champions Tour events in the 1980s and he claims they are the only father/son duo to win official money on the Champions Tour. He advanced to the finals after a T3 finish at the Florida qualifier.

Blaine McCallister – Jacksonville, FL

He’s a five-time PGA TOUR winner who also has a Web.com Tour victory. In 77 Champions Tour starts his only top-10 finish came at the 2010 Legends of Golf where he teamed with Bob Tway to finish T6. He finished 17th at the Florida qualifier to advance to the finals.

Jim McGovern – Oradell, NJ

He’s a one time winner on the PGA TOUR and three-time winner on the Web.com Tour after making more than 600 combined starts on both Tours. He’s using the first of a two-time exemption to compete in the finals.

Cesar Monasterio – Tucuman, Argentina

He is a former European Tour winner and was named the 2014 European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year after shooting a 61 at the SSE Scottish Senior Open to equal the lowest 18-hole score in Senior Tour history and winning the English Senior Open by five strokes this year. He advanced to the finals via a T6 finish at the Texas qualifier.

Bob Niger – El Dorado Hills, CA

In 16 total Champions Tour starts his best finish is T20 at the 2010 Montreal Championship where he shot three sub-par rounds. He advanced to the finals by posting a four-way T11 finish at the California qualifier to creep in on the number.

Yngve Nilsson – Sweden

He played four European Tour events in 2002 with a career best T24 finish at the Great North Open. He advanced to the finals by finishing fifth at the Texas qualifier.

Scott Parel – Augusta, GA

He won the 2013 Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour where he has made exactly 200 starts. He’s played a total of five PGA TOUR events, making his only cut at the 2006 Bellsouth Classic. He advanced to the finals after winning the Florida qualifier by five strokes, shooting 69-67-63-72—271.

Steve Parker – Houston, TX

He’s exempt into the finals by finishing fourth in the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship. He’s played in the Valero Texas Open four times but has yet to make the cut.

Fran Quinn – Holden, MA

He is a multiple winner on the Web.com Tour and the Asian Tour and was T2 behind eventual winner Martin Kaymer after the first-round at this year’s U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst. He finished T4 in the California qualifier to advance to the finals.

Sam Randolph – Santa Barbara, CA

He is a former U.S. Amateur champion (1985) and PGA TOUR winner at the 1987 Bank of Boston Classic who is using the first of a two-time exemption to the finals.
John Riegger – Henderson, NV

He played 224 PGA TOUR events without a victory but won twice on the Web.com Tour. In 2003, he made headlines when he challenged Annika Sorenstam to a $1 million match. It didn’t take place. He won the 2013 Boeing Classic in his fifth Champions Tour start but finished 45th on the money list this year.

Lee Rinker – Jupiter, FL

He played 190 PGA TOUR events, never winning, but finishing second twice, both in 1997. He’s played 23 Champions Tour events and recorded three top-10 finishes in 2011. His brother, Larry, made 525 PGA TOUR starts and his sister, Laurie, is an accomplished LPGA member. He advanced to the finals after surviving a four-way playoff for the final three spots at the Florida qualifier.

Doug Rohrbaugh – Carbondale, CO

He’s been a PGA professional for 28 years. His uncle, John Meyers, played in the NFL for the Cowboys and the Eagles in the 1960s. He finished as the first alternate at the California qualifier and advanced to the finals when the exempt Jeff Hart withdrew.

Jim Rutledge – Canada

He won the 2006 New Zealand PGA Championship, one of his 156 starts on the Web.com Tour. He has earned exempt status on the Champions Tour for the last three years by finishing in the top five at the finals in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He’s made 92 Champions Tour starts and posted six top-10s but his best finish on the money list in his five years was 49th in 2012. He ranked No. 74 on this year’s money list.

Stephen Schneiter – Sandy, Utah

His family owns the Pebblebrook GC in Sandy. He won the 1995 PGA National Professional Championship. His grandfather and father both played the PGA TOUR. He was T59 in his Champions Tour debut at the 2014 Allianz Championship. He was T13 at the Florida qualifier to advance to the finals.

Ron Schroeder – Montgomery, TX

He finished 73rd at the 2008 Greater Hickory Kia Classic, one of three Champions Tour starts he has made. He finished T6 at the Texas qualifier to advance to the finals.

Matt Seitz – Hutchison, KS

He’s played four major championships on the Champions Tour, making the cut once when he finished T68 at the 2011 Senior PGA Championship. He also missed the cut at the 2007 PGA Championship. He finished T11 at the Texas qualifier to advance to the finals.

Geoffrey Sisk – Marshfield, MA

In 1999, he was exempt on the PGA TOUR and had a best finish of T19 at Doral. Made 181 starts on the Web.com Tour with a runner-up in the 2010 Mylan Classic his best result. He advanced to the finals after a T10 finish at the Florida qualifier which included a 64 in the second round.

Jerry Smith – Scottsdale, AZ

He had five fully exempt years on the PGA TOUR, winning almost $2 million. His best year was 2001 when he finished 85th on the money list and recorded his only top-3 finish (T3) at the Disney event. He also made 80 Web.com Tour starts, losing a four-way playoff at the 2005 Chattanooga Classic. He played three Champions Tour events this year, shooting over par in each of his nine rounds. He advanced to the finals after winning the California qualifier by one stroke with a 286 total.

John L. Smith – Statesboro, GA

The only TOUR-sanctioned starts he has made are two Web.com Tour events in the 1990s, missing the cut both times. He finished T3 at the Florida qualifier to advance to the finals.

Rod Spittle – Canada

He defeated Jeff Sluman in a playoff to win the 2010 AT&T Championship and finished that year No.53 on the money list after playing just five events. He’s finished inside the top 50 every year since, including a career-best 22nd in 2011 when he earned $731,144. He has won more than $2.6 million in 122 Champions Tour starts.

Mike Standly – League City, TX

He’s made 150 cuts from 312 PGA TOUR starts, including his lone win at the 1993 Freeport-McMoRan Golf Classic. He also made 106 Web.com starts without posting a victory. He has made one Champions Tour start, missing the cut at this year’s U.S. Senior Open. He’s using the first of a two-time exemption to compete in the finals.

Ken Tarling – Canada

He is a former Canadian Tour – now PGA TOUR Canada – President (1983-1985) and recognized as one of Canada’s top golf instructors. He’s only played a handful of TOUR events but has contested at least one event on all three Tours. He advanced to the finals with a T13 at the Texas qualifier.

Craig Thomas – White Plains, NY

He open qualified for this year’s Quebec Championship and began with a 66 to trail Chip Beck by a stroke and eventually finish T49. He’s missed the cut in each of his eight PGA TOUR starts. He advanced to the finals after sharing medalist honors with Robert Thompson at the Texas qualifier.

Robert Thompson – Huntsville, TX

Since 1980, he’s made more than 250 combined starts on all three Tours, capturing 19 combined top-10s and almost $800,000 in earnings. He’s had two top-5 finishes on the Champions Tour – a T4 at the 2008 Turtle Bay Championship and a T5 at the 2011 Toshiba Classic. He advanced to the finals after sharing medalist honors with Craig Thomas at the Texas qualifier.

Grant Waite – New Zealand

He’s a former PGA TOUR winner who is probably best-known for his back-to-back runner-up finishes in Canada in 2000, particularly when Tiger Woods beat him with a spectacular 200-yard bunker shot over water on the final hole of the Canadian Open. He open qualified for three Champions Tour events this year, including the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach where he finished T10. He’s using the first of a two-time exemption to compete at the finals.

Willie Wood – Edmond, OK

He made 492 PGA TOUR starts with one victory. His best year on the Champions Tour was 2012 when he won twice and finished 15th on the money list with more than $1 million. He ranked No. 51 on this year’s money list. He is the most recent of just 12 players who have open qualified for a tournament they went on to win. Wood achieved this feat at the 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Source: PGA TOUR

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