Scottsdale, Ariz. (August 30, 2017) – The 2017 Troon Challenge National Finals presented by Callaway Golf® recently concluded at the Boulders Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Fifty-six two-person teams represented their home clubs in the Finals, played Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, and battled in both gross and net divisions.
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 550 two-person teams competed in 32 regional qualifiers covering 11 states for the right to compete in the Troon Challenge National Finals in Scottsdale. 2017 marked the 15th year of this exciting amateur golf event.
In the Gross Division, Jimmy Kozikowski and James Woods (126), representing Lookout Mountain Golf Club in Phoenix, took home the title shooting an opening round 62 on the Boulders’ South Course and a final round 64 on Troon North Golf Club’s Pinnacle Course. The talented Phoenicians won in a scorecard playoff over Ryan Gibbs and Kale Waaso (126) of The Phoenician Golf Club, and one shot ahead of the third place team of Andrew Augustyniak and Jake Golembiewski (127) representing Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.
In the Net Division, Ronnie Schmitz and Dwayne Townsend (120) representing SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, Ariz. finished one shot ahead of Scott Mackenzie and Johnathan More (121) of Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. Schmitz and Townsend placed second in the 2016 Troon Challenge National Finals, one-shot out of the lead. This year, after an opening round 61 on the Boulders’ South Course, Townsend and Schmitz closed with a strong final round 59 on Troon North’s Pinnacle Course. Bob Bucey and Bobby Bucey (122) of Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif. finished in third place with rounds of 60 and 62.
2017 Troon Challenge National Finals Results
1st – Jimmy Kozikowski & James Woods, Lookout Mountain Golf Club: 62-64 = 126
2nd – Ryan Gibbs & Kale Waaso, The Phoenician Golf Club: 62-64 = 126
3rd – Andrew Augustyniak & Jake Golembiewski, Whirlwind Golf Club: 64-63 = 127
1st – Dwayne Townsend & Ronnie Schmitz, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club: 61-59 = 120
2nd – Scott Mackenzie & Johnathan More, Southern Dunes Golf Club: 63-58 = 121
3rd – Bob Bucey & Bobby Bucey, Yocha Dehe Golf Club: 60-62 = 122
The 2017 Troon Challenge was presented by Callaway Golf, along with supporting sponsors that included Experience Scottsdale, Pepsi, and Ship Sticks. Ship Sticks was a preferred partner and simplified the way Finalists traveled to Scottsdale with their clubs. Finalists received a special discount offer from Ship Sticks to ship their clubs to Scottsdale.
For more information on the 2017 Troon Challenge presented by Callaway Golf, visit www.TroonChallenge.com or search #TroonChallenge17.
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.
Experience Scottsdale: 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.
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.
Ship Sticks: Founded in 2011, Ship Sticks provides a door-to-door shipping solution for the traveling golfer who desires a hassle-free traveling experience. As the most reliable and cost effective shipping service available, Ship Sticks has partnered with the world’s finest Golf Resorts, Country Clubs and Hotels to allow for an effortless shipping experience. Shipping golf clubs and luggage with Ship Sticks allows you to save time and money at the airport by avoiding the long check-in lines, crowded baggage terminals, and expensive baggage fees. Whether your clubs are being picked up from your home or office, Ship Sticks guarantees an on-time delivery to wherever you’re staying or playing. For additional information with regards to these convenient services, please visit www.shipsticks.com.
Troon Challenge National Finals Host Venues:
About the 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 South Course at the Boulders presents 18 scenic holes with many holes playing right up and into the resort’s most recognizable boulder formations – "Boulder Pile" and "Rosie's Rock". 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. Troon also 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 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 36 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.