Frank Esposito (Monroe, NJ) was the medalist at the 2014 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at Orange County National (Panther Lake Course). The club professional from New Jersey posted a four-round total of 11-under 277 to win by four strokes over New Zealand’sGrant Waite. Three other players earned fully-exempt status for the 2015 Champions Tour season – Jeff Coston (Blaine, Wash.) and Jerry Smith (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who tied for third at 6-under, and Rod Spittle (Canada), who was fifth on 5-under. Earning conditionally-exempt positions were Jim Rutledge (Canada), John Riegger (Henderson, NV), Joel Edwards (Irving, TX), Jeff Freeman (Windermere, FL), Rick Gibson (Canada), Cesar Monasterio (Argentina) and Doug Rohrbaugh (Carbondale, CO).
Kent Canine has been the Chairperson of the Player Hospitality Committee at the 3M Championship for the past 22 years. He was recently named the 2014 Champions Tour Volunteer of the Year. As the recipient of this award, Canine directed a $5,000 donation from the PGA TOUR to a charity of his choice, Open Arms of Minnesota, an organization that provides meals for those with serious illness or children of ill parents who live in the Twin Cities metro area.
The Champions Tour’s annual tournament awards were announced last week. Here is a list of the recipients;
AWARD / RECIPIENT / T. D.
President’s Award Shaw Charity Classic Sean Van Kesteren
Players Award DICK’S Sporting Goods Open John Karedes
T.B.A. Award Boeing Classic Michelle DeLancy
Outstanding Achievement Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf Kirk Elmquist
Bruno Award Charles Schwab
Seven of 13 Champions Tour professionals advanced to the final round of the Callaway Invitational at Pebble Beach and three finished in the top three. The annual tournament features players from many different Tours. Tommy Armour III defeated Lee Janzen in a playoff. Kevin Sutherland finished third.
It was announced last week that Corey Pavin will join fellow Champions Tour professionalsGreg Norman and Brad Faxon as announcers for Fox Sports USGA television coverage in 2015.
Champions Tour Tournament Director and Rules Official Gene Smith, a former Marine, recently received the Donald L. Dickson award which is presented to a member of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association. Smith has helped raise more than $80,000 at a charity golf event which assists wounded Marines and provides scholarships for their children.
The team of Stewart & Connor Cink will attempt to defend their PNC Father/Son Challenge on December 11-14 in Orlando. The field of 20 teams includes 14 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Colin Montgomerie will be officially crowned the European Senior Tour’s No. 1 when he returns to Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius for the season-ending MCB Tour Championship, from December 12-14.
5 – Canadian Rod Spittle made a five-foot par putt on the last green at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament to finish solo fifth at 5-under-par.
DID YOU KNOW?
Frank Esposito posted eight straight sub-par scores in Florida in a two week period while winning the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Port St. Lucie, followed by the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament in Orlando.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“Any qualifying school is a grind. You’ve got to get some momentum going which is the key at any qualifying school.” – Former PGA TOUR winner Grant Waite finished second to earn exempt status at last week’s Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament.
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Source: PGA TOUR