The 2016 Scottsdale Open introduced its veteran teams and new players to two new venues this year, The Boulders South course, and the Cholla course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.
The fine weather and manicured course conditioning provided the opportunity to go low, and several sub-par rounds were posted by the field during the first two rounds of team best ball tournament play.
But as all Scottsdale Open players know, the final round "Count 'em All" Sunday loop at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor course looms large, and generally determines who takes home the hardware.
Gross Division winners James Holmes, from Virginia's Dominion Club, and Andrew LeBorgne, from Arizona's own Legend at Arrowhead Club, established a one stroke lead Saturday, and pulled away from their pursuers to claim victory Sunday afternoon.
Senior Net Division champions Bryan Kiefer and Steve Short, playing out of Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club in Destin, Florida, grabbed the lead on Friday, added to their margin each day, and posted the lowest three-round tournament score in the entire tournament field. Well played, gentlemen.
For Net Division victors Ken and Travis Bleile, from Ohio's Eagle Creek Golf Club, their fourth year of competition at the Scottsdale Open turned out to be the charm. They hid in the middle of the field on Friday, emerged in third position Saturday, and played their way to a two-shot victory on Sunday,
In the end, everyone returned safely home a winner, beneficiaries of Scottsdale's sunny January weather, great championship golf courses, and the warm camaraderie shared by all the players at the 2016 Scottsdale Open. Play well at home this season, and we look forward to seeing you next January.
2016 Scottsdale Open • January 14 - January 17, 2016
Boulders South • We-Ko-Pa Cholla • Grayhawk Raptor
The Scottsdale Open is pure golf and pure Scottsdale. Two-player amateur teams compete for three days on Scottsdales's finest championship golf courses in pro-style tournament conditions under January's sunny desert skies.
As always, the
top three teams in each competitive division, Gross, Senior Net, and Open Net, will take home the
trophies and prizes. And after the last putt drops each day, you'll have
plenty of time to enjoy the other bests in Scottsdale, like the
world-class destination resorts, great dining venues and the vibrant
downtown Scottsdale nightlife.
So if playing pure championship golf courses in pure Scottsdale-style conditions is where you want to be, click Scottsdale Open Sign-Up.
The Scottsdale Open is an exclusive 54-team event and the field fills
rapidly, so don't delay. Get your partner organized and get signed up
for pure golf, pure Scottsdale.
The Scottsdale Open will test your competitive nerve and tournament golf
skills on Scottsdale's finest championship courses. But then, as Bobby
Jones so famously noted, "Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-one-half-inch course - the space between your ears."
We look forward to seeing you next January.