Wadkins Seeks Same Path to Victory


Bobby Wadkins hopes the Long Island tradition continues this week in Jericho, NY.
Wadkins is the defending champion of the Lightpath Long Island Classic, winning in his Senior PGA Tour debut a year ago.
In addition to becoming the 10th player in tour history to win in his maiden start, Wadkins also won for the first time in 778 PGA Tour-sanctioned events. He now seeks a repeat victory, something commonplace at this tournament.
George Archer won the third edition of this event in 1990. He won again in 91, and again in 92. Lee Trevino won back-to-back years in '94 and 95. And Bruce Fleisher pulled the double-dip in '99 and 2000.
This is the 15th playing of the event. The 6,842-yard, par-72 Meadow Brook Club has been the exclusive tournament host.
Close calls are frequent at this event (11 of the previous 14 tournaments have been decided by two shots or less), however playoffs are seldom seen. There have only been two extra sessions needed over the past 14 years, and one came when, in 1989, the event was weather-shortened to 48 holes.
In fact, there have been more double eagles than playoffs at the Meadow Brook Golf Club. Wadkins holed a pitching wedge from 135 yards on the par-5 third in last years final round. Bobby Nichols and Ben Smith also made 2s at the short third hole, both in 1998.
Full field and tee times for the Lightpath Long Island Classic