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2020 Troon Challenge National Finals conclude in Sedona

In 18th edition of amateur tournament, Clark Hoppel and Matt Barlow of Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., win gross division, and Michael Pimentel and Alex Birnbrich of La Cantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio take net division

Scottsdale, Ariz. (November 23, 2020) – The 2020 Troon Challenge National Finals presented by Callaway Golf® concluded over the weekend at Seven Canyons Golf Club and Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, Ariz. Now in its 18th year, the Troon Challenge is Troon's largest amateur golf event, attracting more than 1,500 golfers competing in regional qualifying events across the United States. From June through November, regional qualifying events were held at 28 facilities in 11 different states. Two-person teams represented their home clubs in the National Finals in Sedona and competed in both Gross and Net Divisions over the 36-hole, two-day event, held on November 21 and 22, 2020.

2020 Troon Challenge Gross Division winners
Gross Division winners Clark Hoppel (left) and Matt Barlow of Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.

In the Gross Division, the team of Clark Hoppel and Matt Barlow from Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. shot rounds of 62-65 (127) to finish in first place. In the Net Division, the team of Michael Pimentel and Alex Birnbrich representing La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas shot rounds of 59-65 (124) to win the Net Division.

2020 Troon Challenge Net Division winners
Net Division winners Michael Pimentel (left) and Alex Birnbrich of La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio

GROSS  Player 1            Player 2                Qualifier          R1        R2        TOTAL

1st          Clark Hoppel      Matt Barlow        Whirlwind         62         65         127

2nd         Wyatt Anderson-Meier Corey Mable  The Ridge      65         62         127

3rd          Seth Phillips        Zach Berhost     Wickenburg Ranch 65    65         130      

                                                                                                                                                                       

NET             Player 1              Player 2               Qualifier          R1        R2        TOTAL

1st               Michael Pimentel    Alex Birnbrich     La Cantera    59         65         124

2nd               David Garratt        Jo Jo Fortini          Tiburon         63         63         126

3rd                Gary McCune         Brian Buckham     Yocha Dehe   62         64         126      

“Congratulations to our Troon Challenge National Finals winners and to everyone who competed in this year’s Troon Challenge Regional Qualifiers,” said Kris Strauss, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Troon. “With all of the challenges 2020 has presented, every qualifier was met with enthusiasm and engagement that exceeded our expectations. We’re fortunate that golf is a sport that can be enjoyed during the pandemic and as such, the Troon Challenge demonstrated that with the appropriate modifications – i.e. tee times versus shotgun starts, contactless digital scoring via Golf Genius and without post-round gatherings – amateur golf events can be conducted in a health-conscious and socially-distanced manner. With that, we are excited to have shared one of the most striking destinations in the country and two of the most stunning golf properties in the world in Seven Canyons and Sedona Golf Resort with our Troon Challenge National Finalists.”

The 2020 Troon Challenge was presented by Callaway Golf, along with supporting sponsors Pepsi, AHEAD, Golf Genius, Phat Scooters and Synchronicity. Phat Scooters hosted a putting contest for all participants to putt for their chance to win a Phat Scooter. On Sunday Barry Agard, who qualified at Lookout Mountain Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz., won a Troon customized Phat Scooters in the putting contest. In addition to incredible golf, each Troon Challenge National Finalist enjoyed a Callaway Shopping Experience, product sampling/education from Synchronicity and other sponsor gifts and prizes.

For more information on the Troon Challenge presented by Callaway Golf, visit www.TroonChallenge.com.

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.

AHEAD: Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort, and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to more than 20 years of continued growth and expansion. AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup, and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam wear AHEAD exclusively. For more information, visit www.aheadweb.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.  

Phat Scooters: Phat Scooters is a Tempe, Arizona-based company that produces a series of fun-to-ride, all-electric, single-rider scooters, including Phat Golf Scooters. For more information about Phat Scooters or to find a course near you offering an HD Golf scooter, visit www.PhatGolf.com.

Synchronicity: From naturally breeding our proprietary hemp plant over the past 20 years to our hand-pressed infusion, our team’s passion (no, make that obsession) will keep creating the most potent hemp oil of its kind anywhere on Earth. For more information, visit www.synchronicityhempoil.com.

Golf Genius: Golf Genius software offers affordable, fully-featured cloud-based software for organizing and managing golf events, leagues and trips. Golf Genius saves time and eliminates hassle for PGA Professionals, event organizers, league managers, amateur and professional associations and trip captains, enabling them to deliver a greatly enhanced experience to golfers with live scoring, TV leaderboards and custom websites displaying pairings, results, statistics, sponsor branding, photos, message boards, and more. For more information, visit www.golfgenius.com.

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 470-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 490-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.; Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla; Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Puerto Rico; and Costa Navarino in Greece. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Media Contact:

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Troon

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