SBC Senior 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, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th
 Site: Kemper Lakes Golf Course, Long Grove, Illinois
 Course Architect: Ken Killian and Richard Nugent (1979)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 6,947
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 406 Yds         10 - Par 4 425 Yds
               2 - Par 4 400 Yds         11 - Par 5 534 Yds
               3 - Par 3 173 Yds         12 - Par 4 393 Yds
               4 - Par 5 508 Yds         13 - Par 3 183 Yds
               5 - Par 4 423 Yds         14 - Par 4 395 Yds
               6 - Par 3 180 Yds         15 - Par 5 557 Yds
               7 - Par 5 532 Yds         16 - Par 4 426 Yds
               8 - Par 4 421 Yds         17 - Par 3 172 Yds
               9 - Par 4 435 Yds         18 - Par 4 384 Yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,478 Yds               36 3,469 Yds
 
 Annual: 13th
 Defending Champion: Tom Kite
 Runner-Up: Bruce Fleisher
 Tournament Record: 195 (Hale Irwin, 1995)
 36-Hole Record: 128 (Hale Irwin, 1998)
 Course Record: 62 (Hale Irwin, 1998)
 18-Hole Record: 62 (Joe Jimenez, 1995)
 Total Purse: $1,400,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $210,000; 2nd Place - 123,200; 3rd Place - 100,800
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Tom Kite               207               Larry Nelson            213
 Bruce Fleisher         209               Graham Marsh            213
 Bruce Summerhays       210               John Bland              213
 Hale Irwin             213               Bob Murphy              215
 George Archer          213               Dave Eichelberger       215
 
           Past SBC Senior Open Winners and Runners-up
           -------------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- Tom Kite (207) -- Bruce Fleisher
 1999 -- Hale Irwin (206) -- Gary McGord, Bruce Fleisher, Ray Floyd
 1998 -- Hale Irwin (201) -- Larry Nelson
 1997 -- Gil Morgan (210) -- Hale Irwin
 1996 -- Walter Morgan (205) -- John Bland
 1995 -- Hale Irwin (195) -- Kermit Zarley
 1994 -- John Paul Cain (202) -- Jim Colbert, Simon Hobday
 1993 -- #George Archer (133) -- Jim Colbert, Simon Hobday, Dick Rhyan
 1992 -- Dale Douglass (201) -- Jim Dent
 1991 -- Mike Hill (200) -- Bob Charles
 1990 -- Chi Chi Rodriguez (203) -- George Archer, Al Kelley
 1989 -- Bruce Crampton (205)  -- Jim Ferree, Orville Moody
 
 # - Rain Shortened.
 
 Note: Formerly called Ameritech Senior Open (1989-99).
 
                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------
 Tom Kite          - Defending champion, 15th on money list with 9 top-10's
 Jose M. Canizares - 9th on money list with one win and two runner-up finishes
 Ed Dougherty      - Tied for 4th last week after holding third-round lead
 Allen Doyle       - Won last week's Players Championship in a playoff
 Bruce Fleisher    - Has finished 2nd at this event two straight years
 Ray Floyd         - Posted his third top-10 of the year last week
 Hale Irwin        - Three-time winner of this event, two wins in 2001
 Bruce Lietzke     - Making his Senior Tour debut, 13 career PGA wins
 Dana Quigley      - Only top-10 money leader without a win in 2001
 Jay Sigel         - Moved up to 60th on money list with 1st top-10 of 2001
 Bruce Summerhays  - 25th on money list with five top-10 finishes
 Doug Tewell       - Lost last week in a playoff to Doyle, 6th on money list
 Jim Thorpe        - Two-time runner-up this year, 11th on money list
 
 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Bruce Fleisher
 Darkhorse   - Bruce Lietzke
 
 Last week's Pick to Win (Hale Irwin) - Finished 3rd
 Last week's Darkhorse (John Jacobs) - Finished tied for 20th
 
 NOTES:
      After opening with a one-under 71 last year, Tom Kite fashioned back-to-
 back 68's to post a two-shot win over Bruce Fleisher. Trailing by two strokes
 with five holes to play, Kite made birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, saved
 par from greenside bunkers at 16 and 17, and holed a 28-foot birdie putt at the
 18th. Fleisher, playing one group ahead of Kite, shared the lead going into the
 final hole. He went straight for the tight back right pin, but hit his approach
 shot long and into the greenside bunker. Fleisher then pulled his 10-foot par
 putt left. Two-time defending champion Hale Irwin finished tied for fourth
 after a Sunday 64. Irwin has won five times in the Chicago-area, capturing this
 event three times, the 1975 Western Open and the 1990 U.S. Open. The buzz this
 week is Bruce Lietzke, who is making his Senior Tour debut this week. Lietzke,
 a 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, will turn 50 on Wednesday, July 18th. Lietzke
 played at Kemper Lakes in the 1989 PGA Championship and tied for 46th. He had
 four top-10 finishes in the Western Open, including a tie for fourth in 1985.
 The last player to win his first SENIOR TOUR start was Lanny Wadkins in a
 playoff at the 2000 ACE Group Classic in Naples. With his victory last year at
 Kemper Lakes, Kite joined Irwin as the only other player to claim both a PGA
 TOUR and SENIOR TOUR title in the Chicago area.  Kite won the 1986 Western Open
 in a playoff at Butler National Golf Club. There have been three holes-in-one
 in tournament history. The first was by Jimmy Powell in 1990 at Grand Traverse
 Resort in Michigan. DeWitt Weaver made the second at the 1996 event atKemper
 Lakes, and Jerry McGee followed with an ace in 1998. This is the sixth
 consecutive year in which  the tournament is being held at Kemper Lakes. The
 tournament had been played  at the Stonebridge Country Club the previous five
 years and was held at  Grand Traverse Resort and Canterbury Golf Club prior to
 Stonebridge. The  1989 PGA Championship was held at Kemper Lakes. The par-4
 16th hole at Kemper Lakes consistently ranks among the top 50 hardest holes on
 the SENIOR TOUR.  Last year, the hole was the 10th most difficult on the
 circuit, playing to a stroke average of 4.376. It also ranked as the 10th
 hardest in 1999 with a stroke average of 4.427. In 1998, it was ranked as the
 22nd most difficult (4.406) and was the fourth hardest in 1997 (4.536). Irwin
 is the all-time money leader at this event with $569,280 in earnings and ranks
 second in scoring with an average round of 69.87. There have been four players
 in the history of this event who have competed in each tournament -- Tommy
 Aaron, Mike Hill, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Tom Shaw. Aaron is the only player
 not scheduled to compete this week. Next week the Senior Tour moves to
 Baltimore for the State Farm Senior Classic where Leonard Thompson is expected
 to defend his title. Some of the Senior players will be competing next week at
 the Senior British Open.
 
 

 

 

 

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