Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships 2015

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 18, 2015, 11:51 pm

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships were held at PGA West for 2015. Over 1,200 competitors, between the ages of 14 and 82, competed in the four-round event spanning four PGA West golf courses. 

Thirty former national champions, including five defending champions in the senior division and four in the open division, entered this year. Twelve competitors in six flights - six from the senior division and six from the open division - were crowned national champions in official awards ceremonies immediately following the conclusion of their respective tournaments. 

The course lineup in 2015 featured a collection of the top courses in the Palm Springs area: 

- The Stadium Course at PGA West, designed by Pete Dye.

- The Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West

- The Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West

- The Greg Norman Resort Course at PGA West 

The action has ended, and you can view the full list of winners, as well as other feature stories and photos, in the links below: 


Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championhip


Results - DePinto wins a Golf Channel Am Tour senior national championship in his backyardVincent DePinto captured the Senior Sarazen flight (for handicaps 12-15.9) with steady play at the Golf Channel Am Tour senior national championships. Also, Al Smith shot back-to-back 71s to win the Senior Palmer flight (for handicaps between 4.0-7.9).

Results - Ferber goes low to secure a Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championship: Warren Ferber used a career-best 80 in the final round to run away with the Senior Jones flight (for handicaps of 16.0-19.9) at the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championship at PGA West. Tim Kozlowski captures the Senior Hogan flight (for handicaps 8.0-11.9) in a playoff.

Results - Champions crowned in Championship, Snead flightsAlabama's Joey Crook won the Senior Snead flight by a single shot Monday at the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championships at PGA West, while David Ortego of Texas cruised to a six-shot win in the Senior Championship flight. 

Round 3 - In photos: Check out photos from the action at PGA West during the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championship

Round 3 - Married to golfBarbara McCormick and Bill Lewicki planned their June wedding in New Orleans around weekend tournaments on the Golf Channel Am Tour. They're both competing at the Golf Channel Am Tour senior national championship together for the first time this weekend at PGA West in California.

Round 2 - Swapping courtrooms for courses: Eddie Stephens, a former prosecutor and judge in Cook County in Illinois, has traveled the country with the Golf Channel Am Tour, and even represented the United States at the 17th annual World Golfers Championship in South Africa in 2011. 

Round 2 - Singh'led out: Vijay Singh is used to getting grief about his famous name from fellow golfers. Singh, an amateur from New York state, is competing at the Golf Channel Am Tour senior national championships at PGA West this week.

Round 1 - Christmas in La Quinta: Bryan Austin of Colorado is busy playing golf at the Golf Channel Am Tour senior national championships this week at PGA West, but come November and December, he'll be too busy being Santa Claus to chase a little white ball around.

Round 1 - Life-saving game: Readus Smith III missed last year's Golf Channel Am Tour senior national championships after a health scare. He credits his friends on the Am Tour for helping him recover from major complications with Crohn's disease. 

Opening night - Let the games begin: Several hundred golfers, ranging in age from 50 to 82, are ready to compete in the senior division of the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships at the Club at PGA West.


Golf Channel Am Tour National Championship



Results: 66 steals Championship Flight: It was an epic week in the Championship flight with multiple scoring records set. So perhaps it was little surprise that an improbable final round would shock PGA West. Also, it was a long-awaited victory for the Palmer flight champion. 

Results: Moving up flights, and into the winner's circle: Moving up a flight usually means a learning curve and some growing pains. But the winner of the Hogan flight this year shocked the field - and maybe himself - to win the title. Also, it was a two-horse race in the Sarazen flight. 

Results: Playoff finish in the Jones flight: It came down to the wire in the Jones flight, as Michael Baker went to extra holes with Jayr Tonido. Also, it was a runaway - albeit bitterwsweet - victory in the Snead flight. 

Round 3 - Erdman shoots tournament record 66It was a wild day at PGA West for Round 3. Former champion Paul Erdman carded a tournament record to climb back into contention. There was an ace, Bighorn sheep galore and a bold prediction from one of Am Tour's most decorated golfers. 

Round 3 - Photos from PGA West: Check out this gallery from the courses at PGA West, which includes some familiar faces, hole-in-one celebrations and even bighorn sheep. 

Round 2 - Muniz in the middle of Nationals action: Actor Frankie Muniz (the star of the sitcom Malcom in the middle), is enjoying his first year of competitive golf on Am Tour and finds himself in the top half of his flight's leaderboard. 

Round 2 - 14-year-old in the hunt: Vijay Jain, the youngest competitor at Nationals by six full years, is tied for third in the Sarazen flight halfway thru the event (which also saw it's first hole-in-one of the week). 

Round 1 - Military golfer leads Championship flightFormer pro golfer and Army Specialist Jordan Massey rediscovered his love for golf through military golf competition.

Round 1 - A busy year on tour: A handful of golfers competing in Nationals this week at PGA West had particularly busy campaigns, and hope their regular play under pressure pays off this week.

Feherty opens National Championships: On opening night, David Feherty took the opportunity to thank Am Tour members for their $116,000 contribution to Feherty's Troops First Foundation, and also tell some tales from his broadcasting days.

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”

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Final-round tee times for the 147th Open Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:26 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth begins his quest for a second consecutive claret jug and fourth major overall at 9:45 a.m. ET Sunday at Carnoustie, playing alongside Xander Schauffele. This marks the first time Schauffele has ever held a 54-hole lead in his career.

The Kevins – Kisner and Chappell – are in the penultimate group, 10 minutes earlier at 9:35 a.m. Kisner is tied with Spieth and Schauffele at 9 under par. Chappell is two shots back at 7 under.

But it’s the next group that has people interested the most. Tiger Woods is paired with Francesco Molinari at 9:25 a.m. Woods, in search of his 15th major championship and first in 10 years, shot a third-round 66 to vault into a tie for sixth place, four shots behind the lead. He began the day six shots behind. Molinari has two wins and two second-place finishes in his last four events.

Rory McIlroy was within striking distance of the lead but bogeyed two of the last three holes to drop into a sixth-place tie. He is paired with 2017 Open runner-up Matt Kuchar at 9:05 a.m.

3:00AM ET: Beau Hossler

3:10AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rafa Cabrera Bello

3:20AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Si-Woo Kim

3:30AM ET: Luke List, Keegan Bradley

3:40AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

3:50AM ET: Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Dunne

4:00AM ET: Cameron Davis, Brooks Koepka

4:10AM ET: Brett Rumford, Kevin Na

4:20AM ET: Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey

4:30AM ET: Gavin Green, Ryan Fox

4:45AM ET: Shubhankar Sharma, Gary Woodland

4:55AM ET: Sam Locke (a), Masahiro Kawamura

5:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Rhys Enoch

5:15AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Jason Day

5:25AM ET: Adam Hadwin, Yuta Ikeda

5:35AM ET: Sung Kang, Brandon Stone

5:45AM ET: Thomas Pieters, Stewart Cink

5:55AM ET: Lee Westwood, Julian Suri

6:05AM ET: Tom Lewis, Marc Leishman

6:15AM ET: Ross Fisher, Jason Dufner

6:30AM ET: Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed

6:40AM ET: Phil Mickelson, Eddie Pepperell

6:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Bernhard Langer

7:00AM ET: Michael Kim, Patrick Cantlay

7:10AM ET: Shaun Norris, Lucas Herbert

7:20AM ET: Sean Crocker, Louis Oosthuizen

7:30AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Satoshi Kodaira

7:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Danny Willett

7:50AM ET: Haotong Li, Kyle Stanley

8:00AM ET: Chris Wood, Byeong Hun An

8:15AM ET: Erik Van Rooyen, Yusaku Miyazato

8:25AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

8:35AM ET: Adam Scott, Charley Hoffman

8:45AM ET: Justin Rose, Austin Cook

8:55AM ET: Tommy Fleetwood, Zach Johnson

9:05AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy

9:15AM ET: Webb Simpson, Alex Noren

9:25AM ET: Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods

9:35AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell

9:45AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele