Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 19, 2016) – After 34 regional qualifiers covering 13 states, the 2016 Troon Challenge National Finals presented by Callaway Golf® recently came to an exciting conclusion at the Boulders Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sixty two-person teams represented their home clubs in the Finals, and battled in both gross and net divisions with the eventual champions determined by just one shot in each division.
The Troon Challenge is a series of amateur golf tournaments held at world-class Troon® facilities across the United States. Beginning in April and running through August, more than 520 two-person teams competed in regional qualifying events for the right to compete in the Troon Challenge National Finals in Scottsdale, September 9-11.
In the Gross Division, Alexander Abate and Carter Newman, representing La Cantera Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, took home the Gross Division title shooting an opening round 63 at the Boulders North Course and a final round 61 on Troon North's Monument Course. The talented Texas duo finished one shot ahead of Ty Barrenchea and Tony Potter of Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., and seven shots ahead of the third place team of Joseph Fox and Steve Blackford representing Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale. Fox and Blackford were the defending Gross Division champions from the 2015 Troon Challenge National Finals.
In the Net Division, Paul Ventimiglio and Joe Boragno representing Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif. shot rounds of 62 and 63 to finish one shot ahead of Dwayne Townsend and Ronnie Schmitz, who were representing Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. After an opening round 61 on the Boulders' North Course, Townsend and Schmitz closed with a final round 65 on Troon North's Monument Course. James Leveroni and Sarah Relyea of The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe, New York finished in third place with rounds of 64 and 65.
2016 Troon Challenge National Finals Results
1st – Alexander Abate & Carter Newman, La Cantera Golf Club: 63-61 = 124
2nd – Ty Barrenchea & Tony Potter, Silverado Resort and Spa: 61-64 = 125
3rd – Joseph Fox & Steve Blackford, Troon North Golf Club: 64-67 = 131
1st – Paul Ventimiglio & Joe Boragno, Yocha Dehe Golf Club: 62-63 = 125
2nd – Dwayne Townsend & Ronnie Schmitz, Ocotillo Golf Resort: 61-65 = 126
3rd – James Leveroni & Sarah Relyea, The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge: 64-65 = 129
"The 2016 Troon Challenge was a huge success as it delivered an exciting series of competitions at many of our finest golf facilities," said Kris Strauss, vice president, sales & marketing, Troon. "We'd like to thank the 1040 individuals who participated in the regional qualifiers as well as the 120 golfers that made the trek to Scottsdale for the National Finals. We’d also like to thank our terrific sponsors. Their support of this event helped make the 2016 edition the best Troon Challenge so far."
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The 2016 Troon Challenge was presented by Callaway Golf, along with event partner Tesla and supporting sponsors Imperial Headwear (the event's official headwear sponsor) TRUE Linkswear, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pepsi, SportRx and Birdie Media.
For more information on the 2016 Troon Challenge presented by Callaway Golf, visit www.TroonChallenge.com or search #TroonChallenge16.
Troon Challenge Official Sponsor Details:
Callaway Golf: Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) creates products designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf accessories, under the Callaway Golf and Odyssey brands worldwide. For more information, visit www.callawaygolf.com.
Imperial Headwear: Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium quality headwear for the golf market. Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. For more information, visit www.imperialsports.com.
Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau: Welcome to the world's finest golf destination. It's a bold claim, but we've got the numbers to back it up. Start with nearly 200 Scottsdale-area golf courses and 330 plus days of sunshine annually. Add in local residents like Aaron Baddeley, Brandel Chamblee and Tom Lehman. And when you top it off with an enviable collection of golf lifestyle pursuits, Scottsdale's virtues are as clear as the sky on a typical day. For more information, visit www.experiencescottsdale.com.
TRUE linkswear: TRUE linkswear created the first golf shoe built on a barefoot platform, allowing the golfer to truly "Feel the Course" and enabling them to walk 36 holes right out of the box in total comfort. TRUE products are available at many national retailers. For more information, visit www.truelinkswear.com.
Pepsi: Pepsi has been bringing fun and refreshment to consumers for over 100 years. From its humble beginnings over a century ago, Pepsi-Cola has grown to become one of the best known, most loved products throughout the world. For more information, visit www.pepsiusa.com.
SportRx: SportRx is a SoCal-based company that was built by active opticians who ride their bikes, run their races, push their jogging strollers, and bomb down slopes. For nearly two decades, SportRx has specialized in custom prescription sunglasses (and prescription snow goggles!) for athletes in virtually every sport, and have mastered the art of prescription wrap around lenses. For more information, visit www.sportrx.com.
Birdie Media: The Troon Challenge National Finals signage provider, Birdie Media is the leader in supplying golf-related products to tournaments, including patent-pending products such as the Birdie Golf Cart Banners, Caddie Cuffs, Pin Cushions and Sinkers. For more information visit www.birdiemedia.golf.
Troon Challenge National Finals Host Venues:
About Boulders Resort & Spa
Featuring two championship-level, Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, the Boulders is known for its breathtaking surroundings, rugged beauty and considered to be among the most demanding in the Southwest. Both the North and South Courses have won some of the industry's highest accolades including Golf Magazine's "Platinum Medal" award as one of the "Top 10 U.S. Courses" and Golfweek's "Best Courses, State-by-State" rankings. Ancient boulder formations and sun-splashed terrain offer an ideal backdrop for those looking for a unique desert golf experience. The North Course at the Boulders presents 18 scenic holes and the natural landscape of the desert foothills and stunning views of Black Mountain. For more information, visit www.theboulders.com.
About Troon North Golf Club
Troon North Golf Club stands as a hallmark of the Scottsdale desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Giant granite boulders lie strewn across the rugged landscape of Arizona's Sonoran Desert, where Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf with the visual sensation of desert landscape, providing a standard unmatched in the American Southwest. For more information, visit www.troonnorthgolf.com.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world's largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues, the company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé and Troon International properties located in 38 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 56 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 75 courses that have been recipients of a "Top 100" ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club, Kauai, Hawaii; Centurion Club, London, England; The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Ariz.; The Bay Club, Berlin, Md.; Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich, England; and CostaBaja Golf Club, in La Paz, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit www.troon.com.