March 10 to 14 brought golfers from all across the United States from as far away as Colorado to take part in the 14th annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort National Pro-Am, presented by Club Car. According to Ric Ferguson, Head Professional at Cougar Point and one of the event organizers, “It was the largest field in many, many years. We limited the event to 60 teams and sold out by mid January. We even had a waiting list.”
A couple of years ago, the resort changes the registration rules allowing a single professional to bring up to six members of their club, playing as two teams with the professional’s scores counting with each team. There were two clubs that did that this year. There were a total of 11 clubs that brought at least two teams. One club from Boston brought four 4-man teams.
There were a record 17 teams from Pennsylvania and half of that number from Massachusetts. There were also teams from Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina, Rhode Island, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan.
To address this heightened demand, the resort is contemplating a logistical change next year so the event will be able to accept up to 72 teams. Rather than hosting the tournament on two courses a day for the four days (teeing off from 8am to 1pm), the thought is to play all four courses each day to spread the field with tee times between 8am and 11am. This would give teams more time to make it to the scoring parties after their rounds and, since many of the teams come for up north where the golf season has yet to begin, this will also give teams a chance for afternoon practice rounds.
For the first time this year there was a philanthropic component to the KIGR National Pro-Am supporting the PGA’s Patriot Golf Day. According to Ferguson, “We started small this year to try to determine the interest. We had a number of the teams that donated money for any gross or net birdies. We raised a couple hundred dollars for the charity (part of the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to the United States). We plan to make this a bigger part of the event in future years.
Darren Gibson of Honeybrook CC definitely helped his team on No. 14 on The Ocean Course with an ace. The hole measured 161 yards (a bit shorter than the 238 yards it measured during the PGA Championship. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a stroke on the hole so his team had to settle for a “1.”
Be sure to sign up for the 2014 KIGR National Pro-Am occurring March 9-13, 2014. Sign up before December 1st and enjoy a substantial discount!
Once again, the resort would like to thank Presenting Sponsor Club Car for their support through the years.
Interview with Low-Gross winning team, Lehigh CC, PGA Professional Mark Kelly, Tim Yenawine, Jim Rodgers, Keith Vadas
Q: Is this the first year that you’ve played in the Kiawah National Pro-Am?
A: One of us played about 6 years ago but didn’t do well. Getting new partners made all the difference in the world.
Q: What was the most memorable experience?
A: We had lots of them – his (Professional Mark Kelly’s) last shot (final day on Osprey Point). He (Kelly) had three or four shots from 160 yards that rolled right past the pin.
Q: Which is your favorite course?
A: Turtle Point. The Ocean Course is nice but it’s penalizing. It’s treacherous. The combination of courses really made it special – tight, wider, sandy, we had it all.
Q: When you watched the PGA, did you know you’d be coming here?
A: We talked about it but nothing was set in stone.
Overall, the week was great — great camaraderie, being with the guys tons of laughs, lots of great stories. We’ll definitely be coming back. It was the “ham and egg show.” We made a joke that we could write a great short novel about it – the names would be changed to protect the innocent! The resort was great, the courses were in phenomenal conditions, very organized, and we’ll definitely be back.
Top 10 places of 14th annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort National Pro-Am:
14th KIGR National Pro-Am
1 Allegheny CC John Aber — 70-73-68-72– -5
2 Brookstone CC Craig Stevens — 72-78-71-69– +2
3 Hidden Valley CC Terry Hatch — 72-78-71-71– +4
4 Wilmington CC John O’Leary — 70-79-71-78– +10
5 Edgewood CC Peter Micklewright — 73-74-76-77– +12
6 Zigfield Troy GC Mike Troy — 77-71-75-78– +13
7 Treesdale G & CC Joe Boros — 74-71-76-81– +14
8 Glen Arvin CC Bill Connally — 76-77-76-74– +15
9 Bull Valley GC Michael Picciano — 79-76-77-72– +16
10 Jacksonville G&CC Russell Radel — 74-74-81-76– +17
Louisquisset GC 1 Keith Niles — 76-73-77-79– +17
14th KIGR National Pro-Am
1 Bull Valley GC Michael Picciano, Jason Sciarro, Aaron Reesh, Mike May — 68-67-64-58– -31
2 Franklin CC 1 Tony Maki, Ryan Johnston, Brian Higgins, Andrew Douglas — 61-62-65-72– -28
3 Wilmington CC John O’Leary, John Riley, Charles McDowell, John Richmond — . 64-68-62-69– -25
4 Allegheny CC John Aber, Dave Lebec, Henry Clement, Jim Rock — 65-69-65-68– -21
5 Fox Hollow GC Mark McAvoy, Sean McAvoy, Bill Hurt, Sarah Hurt — 69-70-65-67– -17
6 Club Car / Kingsmill Jeremy Hyjek, Trey Holroyd, Michael Pastirik, Tom Marble — 64-68-69-73– -14
Edgewood CC Peter Micklewright, Rob German, Mike Grimes, Doug Neely — 68-65-70-71– -14
Miacomet GC Phillip Truono, Alan Costa, Stephen Visco, John Daniels — 68-64-69-73– -14
Zigfield Troy GC Mike Troy, Dirk Wierbicky, Greg Graziano, Jeffrey Davis 70-68-65-71– -14
Cuscowilla, GG atWayne Watt, Matt Oxford, Tom Smithweck, Bill Mello68-69-70-68–-13
Heidelberg CC 2 Jeff Fick, Mike Sweigert, Joe Reimer, Bob Yeager 66-71-70-68– -13
9 Oak Hills GC Jeff Schaffer, Ken Rosefield, Todd Kirkley, Dalton Ward — 68-65-67-75– -13
Bears Best Atlanta 1Jacob Shoeman, Richard Drye, Terence Karshagen, Thomas VanHoots64-68-70-76– -10
Brookstone CC Craig Stevens, Don Demsher, Larry Lee, Danny Lee 70-74-67-67– -10 10 Honeybrook GC 2 Ryan Gray – 2, Robert Gray, Rick Umani, David Gershman 68-70-68-72– -10
Lehigh CC Mark Kelly, Tim Yenawine, Jim Rodgers, Keith Vadas67-72-71-68– -10
14th KIGR National Pro-Am
1 Lehigh CC Mark Kelly, Tim Yenawine, Jim Rodgers, Keith Vadas — 60-63-63-58– -44 2 Jacksonville G&CC Russell Radel, Jim McCarthy, Joe Bucher, Paul Blaylock — 62-61-66-58– -41
3 Bull Valley GC Michael Picciano, Jason Sciarro, Aaron Reesh, Mike May66-64-61-57– -40
Hidden Valley CC Terry Hatch, Walter Fruendt, Scott Luscavage, Freddie Lesher — 62-63-60-63– -40
4 Reserve GC Donald Clement, Jeff Jablonski, Bill Kennedy, Paul Davidson — 61-61-62-65– -39 5 Zigfield Troy GC Mike Troy, Dirk Wierbicky, Greg Graziano, Jeffrey Davis — 62-63-60-65– -38
6 Cuscowilla, GG at Wayne Watts, Matt Oxford, Tom Smithweck, Bill Mello — 61-66-64-63– -34
Fox Hollow GC Mark McAvoy, Sean McAvoy, Bill Hurt, Sarah Hurt 66-67-60-61– -34
Franklin CC 1 Tony Maki , Ryan Johnston, Brian Higgins, Andrew Douglas 60-60-64-70– -34
Ruth Lake CC 1 Mark Labiak, Brian Gold, Fred Grede, Dan Marco — 63-67-60-64– -34
8 Bears Best Atlanta 1 Jacob Shoeman, Richard Drye, Terence Karshagen, Thomas VanHoots — 59-61-64-71– -33
Heidelberg CC 2 Jeff Fick, Mike Sweigert, Joe Reimer, Bob Yeager — 61-66-65-63– -33
Allegheny CC John Aber, Dave Lebec, Henry Clement, Jim Rock62-67-63-64– -32
Oak Hills GC Jeff Schaffer, Ken Rosefield, Todd Kirkley, Dalton Ward 64-62-63-67– -32
10 Brookstone CC Craig Stevens, Don Demsher, Larry Lee, Danny Lee — 65-68-63-61– -31