Mike Healy almost withdrew from the Am Tour Championships, but his son Dylan convinced him otherwise. It turned out to be a good decision. Not only did Healy win a national championship in his first attempt, but his son had a great week, too.
Perhaps Ken Ambrosio was a little hard on himself. To hear the 12-handicapper from White Plains, N.Y., describe his win in the Sarazen flight, you would have thought he played the worst golf of his life.
As you might expect, the winner of the Championship flight in the Golf Channel Am Tour National Champions is pretty serious about his golf. That would be an understatement for 22-year-old Brian Beach, who fired a final-round 74 to finish at 4-over-par 290.
Canadian real estate developer Paul Nault realized a dream on Thursday. The 49-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia only started playing golf three years ago, but now he can call himself a national champion.
In the Jones flight, Rick Ramsey and Rich Kelley went into the final round on the Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club 10 shots clear of the field. Ramsey had Kelly by a shot, so they basically knew they were in a match play situation.
At its longest, Pete and Alice Dye's famous par-3 17th on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass plays around 135 yards or so. For many golfers it's the most difficult short shot they'll ever hit, simply because of the intimidation factor.