Four Teams Crowned Desert Champions


Golf Channel Amateur TourThe Golf Channel Amateur Tour is off and running for 2007 after last weekends annual Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, NV. The weather and course conditions were spectacular and despite the infamous tagline What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, the results from the golf must be shared with all.
The Primm Valley Golf Clubs Fazio-designed Lakes and Desert courses truly lived up to their billing as one of the top course facilities in Nevada. Despite some occasional desert winds, the conditions overall were perfect for golf.
There were new Duel in the Desert teams champions crowned in four flights this year. In the Stardust flight (flight 1), the team of Joe Fox (Peoria, AZ) and Jeff Shell (Austin, TX) took home the trophy and prizes.
Duel in the DesertThe Fox/Shell duo got off to a hot start by opening the tournament with a 62 in the scramble format. On Friday, they kept pace by shooting the low round (tied with a 73) in the most difficult format, modified alternate shot. The team from Phoenix then showcased their knowledge of playing desert courses with the low round in best ball, carding a 71 for a three round total of 206.
Three strokes back, and taking second was the team of BJ Sweeney and William Tabler from Atlanta, GA followed by Ken Robshaw (Winter Springs, FL) and Terry Lunsford (St. Augustine, FL) with a total of 210. Fourth place went to Vince Gilbert and Kevin Sivage (211) from Albuquerque, NM.
In the Sahara flight (flight 2), the team of Norman King (Pleasonton, CA) and Doug Calandrella (Alamo, CA) took first place with a three-day total of 217. The Tampa, FL team of Mike MacDonald and Gary Adamek took second with a 222 total, followed by Mike Doyle and Delbert Kinchelow (223) from Kansas City. Art Gisonni (Tampa, FL) and Brian Kemp (Orlando, FL) took fourth with a 223 after a scorecard playoff.
The team of Bryce Chandler (San Antonio, TX) and Rich Fox (Sun City, AZ) took home the hardware for their top finish in the Tropicana flight (flight 3). The Chandler/Fox team carded a tournament total of 230, besting the second place team of Dixon Howell (Gridly, CA) and Jim Hageman (Oroville, CA) by four strokes. Third place went to Gene Edmunson (Oxford, NC) and Hut Wester (Henderson, NC) with a 235 total and fourth went to the CITY team of John Sullivan (Atlanta, GA) and Bill Peters (Austin, TX) with a three-day total of 236.
The Sands flight (flight 4) champions for the 2007 Duel in the Desert were the team of Chris Sellers (Austin, TX) and Jamie Leach (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Their team total of 231 distanced the field by a whopping seven strokes. Second place went to Kent Chapman and Kevin Bowker of Des Moines, IA. In third place was Matt McDevitt Jr. (Irvine, CA) and Daniel Hatch (Mission Viejo, CA) with a 239. Fourth place went to the husband and wife team of Randy and Lisa Brazie of Southlake, TX with a three-day total of 243.
Hats off to all the contestants and the course staff for an outstanding start to the 2007 Golf Channel Amateur Tour season. Dont miss your opportunity to get in on the action this year. To sign up for the Golf Channel Amateur Tour go to our 2007 Sign-Up Page.
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