2015 SAS Championship: Pro-Am Day One recap

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

CARY, N.C. – The first day of the 2015 SAS Championship Pro-Am tournament took place at Prestonwood Country Club on Wednesday.

The competition, comprised of teams of Champions Tour professionals and tournament sponsors, precedes championship tournament play which begins on Friday and continues through Sunday.

Scot Parel’s group claimed first place in the morning event, followed close behind by groups led by fellow Tour pros Skip Kendall and Stephen Ames, respectively.

In the afternoon, Rod Spittle’s foursome edged out Joey Sindelar’s group in a playoff for top spot.

Roger Chapman’s foursome came in third, just a stroke behind.

Day Two of Pro-Am play will continue on Thursday with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Notables playing in the morning field include Colin Montgomerie (Tee 1A), Tom Kite (Tee 1B), Fred Funk (Tee 9), Bernhard Langer (Tee 10A), Tom Pernice Jr. (Tee 11B), and Tom Lehman (Tee 18).

In the afternoon, featured groups include those led by Kirk Triplett (Tee 1A), Marco Dawson (Tee 5), Sandy Lyle (Tee 9), Hale Irwin (Tee 10A), Kenny Perry (Tee 10B), Jeff Maggert (Tee 18A), and Russ Cochran (Tee 17B).

2015 SAS Championship Pro-Am – Results

Day One – Morning

First Place Team (49)

Professional: Scott Parel – Amateurs: Norm Harks, Paul Ochsner, Sonny Halili, Gil Genio

Second Place Team (52, won in scorecard playoff) 

Professional: Skip Kendall – Amateurs: Chris Gosk, Will Spears, Scott MacConnell, Mike Allen

Third Place Team (52)

Professional: Stephen Ames – Amateurs: Jody Roach, Keith Roach, Matt Draqone, Ed Huneycutt

Proximity Awards

Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Jonathan Williams; Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Jim Tavernit

2015 SAS Championship Pro-Am – Results

Day One – Afternoon

First Place (49, won in first hole playoff)

Professional: Rod Spittle – Amateurs: Mark McMahon, Mark Merritt, Blair Campbell, and Peter Cuthbert

Second Place (49)

Professional: Joey Sindelar – Amateurs: Bob Kampe, Jay Muelhoefer, Bernie Spang, Dwight Tausz

Third Place (50)

Professional: Roger Chapman – Amateurs: Rob Harper, Carry Price, Rick Stout, Mark Byrd

Proximity Awards

Men’s Longest Drive Hole 7 – Mark Clare; Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Charles Brooks; Ladies Long Drive Hole 12 – Barb Brandon