Farmers Charity Classic
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Preivew of this years tournament
News and report from the 1st round
Scores from the 1st round
News and report from the 2nd round
Scores from the 2nd round
News and report from the 3rd round
Scores from the 3rd round
Golf Today report of last years event
 Dates: Friday, July 6th through Sunday, July 8th
 Site: Egypt Valley Golf Club (Ridge and Valley Courses), Ada, Michigan
 Course Architect: Arthur Hills (1990)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 6,960
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 411 Yds         10 - Par 4 423 Yds
               2 - Par 4 400 Yds         11 - Par 4 423 Yds
               3 - Par 5 560 Yds         12 - Par 3 184 Yds
               4 - Par 4 389 Yds         13 - Par 5 526 Yds
               5 - Par 4 434 Yds         14 - Par 4 369 Yds
               6 - Par 3 208 Yds         15 - Par 4 423 Yds
               7 - Par 5 534 Yds         16 - Par 3 162 Yds
               8 - Par 3 153 Yds         17 - Par 5 518 Yds
               9 - Par 4 426 Yds         18 - Par 4 417 Yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,515 Yds               36 3,445 Yds
 
 Annual: 16th
 Defending Champion: Larry Nelson
 Runner-Up: Dave Stockton
 Tournament Record: 198 (Larry Nelson, 2000)
 36-Hole Record: 132 (Jim Colbert, 1993; Bruce Crampton, 1992)
 Course Record: 63 (Larry Nelson, 2000)
 18-Hole Record: 63 (Miller Barber, 1987; Butch Baird, George Archer,
                     Chi Chi Rodriguez, 1993; Bruce Crampton, 1992)
 Total Purse: $1,400,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $210,000; 2nd Place - 123,200; 3rd Place - 104,400
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Larry Nelson           198               Jesse Patino            208
 Dave Stockton          201               Ed Dougherty            208
 Al Geiberger           205               George Archer           208
 Jim Thorpe             205               Mike Hill               208
 Gary McCord            208               Two players at          209
 
         Past Farmers Charity Classic Winners and Runners-up
         ---------------------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- Larry Nelson (198) -- Dave Stockton
 1999 -- Christy O'Connor, Jr. (205) -- Jim Thorpe, George Archer, John Jacobs
 1998 -- George Archer (199) -- Jim Dent
 1997 -- Gil Morgan (207) -- Bob Duval
 1996 -- Dave Stockton (206) -- Bob Murphy
 1995 -- Jimmy Powell (201) -- Babe Hiskey
 1994 -- #Tony Jacklin (136) -- Dave Stockton
 1993 -- *George Archer (199) -- Jim Colbert, Chi Chi Rodriguez
 1992 -- Gibby Gilbert (202) -- T.Aaron, D.Hendrickson, H.Henning, D.Stockton
 1991 -- *Harold Henning (202) -- Gibby Gilbert
 1990 -- #Don Massengale (134) -- Terry Dill, Dave Hill, Larry Laoretti
 1989 -- John Paul Cain (203) -- Dave Hill, Charles Sifford
 1988 -- Orville Moody (203) -- Chick Evans, Gary Player, Chi Chi Rodriguez
 1987 -- Billy Casper (200) -- Miller Barber
 1986 -- *Jim Ferree (204) -- Gene Littler, Chi Chi Rodriguez
 
 * - Won in Playoff.
 # - Rain Shortened.
 
 Note: Formerly called Greater Grand Rapids Open (1986-90), First of America
       Classic (1991-98), Foremost Insurance Championship (1999-2000).
 
                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------
 
 Larry Nelson      - Defending champion, three-time winner this year
 Jose M. Canizares - 8th on money list with a win and two runner-up finishes
 Jim Dent          - Struggling this year without a top-10 in 17 events
 Ed Dougherty      - 16th on money list, 1 win and five top-10 finishes
 Allen Doyle       - Finished 4th at US Senior Open, 16 top-10's in 19 events
 Stewart Ginn      - Has a second and a third this year, 24th on money list
 Mike McCullough   - Two-time winner this year, 6th on money list
 Dana Quigley      - Contended last week at Senior Open, two seconds in 2001
 John Schroeder    - 29th on money list with one win and 2 top-five's
 Jay Sigel         - Play has steadily improved after returning from layoff
 Jim Thorpe        - Two-time runner-up this year, second at Senior PGA
 Lee Trevino       - Only one top-10 finish in 13 events this year
 
 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Allen Doyle
 Darkhorse   - Jay Sigel
 
 Last week's Pick to Win (Hale Irwin) - Finished tied for 11th
 Last week's Darkhorse (Allen Doyle) - Finished tied for 4th
 
 NOTES:
      Larry Nelson led wire-to-wire and won for the second consecutive week as
 he defeated Dave Stockton by three shots to capture last year's event. Nelson,
 who closed with a course-record 63, set a new tournament record of 198,
 breaking the previous mark of 199 set by George Archer (twice), Jim Colbert
 and Chi Chi Rodriguez. Nelson, locked in a tight battle with Stockton on
 Sunday, posted a six-under 30 on the closing nine to seal the win and for the
 first time in his career, won two straight events. Stockton, a winner of this
 event in 1996, is the all-time money winner in tournament history with
 $425,577 in earnings. Stockton has recorded seven top-10 finishes in 10
 starts, including a pair of runner-up finishes. Archer, the only two-time
 winner of this tournament, is second in earnings. After a run where 10 of the
 first 12 events were decided either in a playoff or by one stroke, the last
 three events were relative runaways. Archer won by five strokes in 1998,
 Christy O'Connor, Jr. by four in '99 and Nelson by three last year. Since
 the start of the tournament in 1986, the player who has led or shared the lead
 after 36 holes has gone on to win nine of 15 times. The 36-hole leaders/co-
 leaders who failed to come through were Orville Moody (T6/1989), Rocky
 Thompson (T5/1991), Bruce Crampton (T6/1992), Colbert (T2/1993), Bobby Stroble
 (T5/1996) and Bruce Summerhays (T3/1998). John Bland was tied for the second-
 round lead with eventual winner Christy O'Connor, Jr. in 1999. In the 15-year
 history of the tournament, the only first-round leader to hang on to triumph
 was Nelson in 2000. This is the seventh year that Egypt Valley Country Club
 has hosted this tournament. The event was previously held at The Highlands for
 four years and at Elks Country Club for four years (both in Grand Rapids,
 Michigan). Stockton and Gil Morgan are the only players who have won two
 different Senior Tour events in Michigan. Stockton won the 1994 Ford Senior
 Players Championship and the 1996 First of America Classic while Morgan won in
 Grand Rapids in 1997 and then at the 1999 Ford Senior Players Championship.
 Four players recorded their first Senior Tour victory in Grand Rapids. Jim
 Ferree (1986), John Paul Cain (1989), Don Massengale  (1990) and Tony Jacklin
 (1994) won in western Michigan, and all went on to win again on the Senior
 Tour. Cain's win was significant because he became the second of seven players
 to Monday qualify and win the event. Larry Mowry was the first in 1987. Since
 the event moved to Egypt Valley Country Club in 1994, there have been four
 aces made, the last coming in 1999 by Stroble, who became the second player to
 ace the sixth hole (Agim Bardha, 1995). In 1995, Dick Lotz made a hole-in-one
 on the eighth hole and, in 1997, Charlie Owens had an ace at the 12th hole.
 The only other hole-in-one in the Grand Rapids event came at The Highlands in
 1992, when Isao Aoki made an ace in his Senior Tour debut. The purse was
 increased by $300,000 from last year. Seven of the top-10 money leaders are
 scheduled to compete this week. This event serves as the final tune-up
 for the Senior Tour's final major, the Ford Senior Players Championship in
 Dearborn, Michigan where Ray Floyd is the defending champion.
 
 
 

 

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