Sunday, September 25, 2011

Newport Beach Resident Jimmy Butler Holds One Stroke Lead in Championship Flight

California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida and Kentucky Competitors Hold Leads Midway through Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships

Newport Beach Resident Jimmy Butler Holds One Stroke Lead in Championship Flight

Illinois’ Patrick Polzin (2009 National Champion) Climbs 30 Spots to Second Place Following 2-Under-Par 70 in Palmer Flight

National Championships Round Two Recap Video

LA QUINTA, Calif., (Sept. 25, 2011) – Halfway through the 2011 Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships, competitors hailing from California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida and Kentucky hold leads in their respective flights following Sunday’s second round of play in La Quinta, Calif.
570 competitors representing 42 U.S. States, Canada and Puerto Rico are competing for national championship honors in the season-ending event for the 2011 Golf Channel Am Tour.  The 72-hole national championships, broken up into six flights and taking place on four La Quinta-area golf courses headlined by PGA West, concludes Tuesday.
In the Championship Flight (handicap range 3.9 or less), Newport Beach, Calif., resident Jimmy Butler turned in the low round of the day with a 2-under-par 70 at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West.  Butler takes a one-stroke lead over 2009 national champion Pete DeTemple (Callaway, Md.) heading into Monday’s third round. 
The biggest climb of the day occurred in the Palmer Flight (handicap 4-7.9).  Patrick Polzin (Indian Head Park, Ill.) – who started the day T32 after an opening round of 80 – climbed 30 spots with a 2-under-par 70 Sunday at the La Quinta Mountain Resort Course to sit in second place.  Kyle Zeitz (Louisville, Ky.) leads the Palmer Flight at +2 for the tournament, followed by three-time Olympian Todd Eldredge in third place at +9 for the tournament, after leading the opening round. 
Information on the second round leaders in the six flights appears below:
Championship Flight (<3.9)
1   Jimmy Butler          Newport Beach, Calif.            72-70--142 -2 
2   Pete DeTemple       Callaway, Md.                        69-74—143 -1 
3   Jeff Hunter             Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.          70-74—144 E

Palmer Flight (4-7.9)
1   Kyle Zeitz                          Louisville, Ky.            72-74—146 +2   
2  Patrick Polzin                      Indian Head Park, Ill. 80-70—150 +6
3 Todd Eldredge                     Estero, Fla.                  72-81—153 +9  

Hogan (8-11.9)
T1 Matt Hawn                        Littlestown, Pa.           82-77—159 +15  
T1 Ben Burney                        Amarillo, Texas           77-82—159 +15  
T3 Adam Krueger                   Costa Mesa, Calif.      83-77—160 +16  
T3 Mark Lohrding                  Fairview Heights, Ill.  75-85—160 +16

Sarazen (12-15.9)
1 Michael Rivera                     Murrieta, Calif.           86-84—170 +26
2 Christopher Nelson              Stuart, Fla.                  87-84—171 +27 
3 Shawn Whitaker                  Lewisville, Texas        88-85—173 +29 

Jones (16-19.9)
1 Suneil Aggarwal                  Alpharetta, Ga.           80-88—168 +24  
2 Keith Varney                       Port St. Lucie, Fla.      89-83—172 +28 

Snead (20+)
T1 Jordan Jones                      Okeechobee, Fla.        95-84—179 +35
T1  Jose Carlos Linares           Charles Town, W.V.   88-91--179 +35 
3 David Hawks                       Northridge, Calif.       91-89—180 +36 

The GCAT National Championships are divided into two events – the Senior National Championship (age 50+), which took place Sept. 18-21, and the Open National Championship, Sept. 24-27.  PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, Greg Norman Course and TPC Stadium Course join La Quinta Resort & Club’s Mountain Course as host golf courses. La Quinta Resort will serve as the tournament headquarters and host resort for the national championships.  The courses hosted the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships in 2009 to rave reviews.
            Four players are defending their 2010 national championship titles this week:
  • Don O’Connor, Carlsbad, Calif. (Championship Flight)
  • Gio Swann, Lauderhill, Fla. (Palmer Flight)
  • Mark Perfetuo, Cary, N.C. (Hogan Flight)
  • Suneil Aggarwal, Alpharetta, Ga. (Jones Flight)
Also included in the roster of past champions are six golfers from the 2009 GCAT National Championships contested at PGA West, including the youngest competitor in the field: 12-year old Charlie Reiter from Palm Desert, Calif.  At 10, Reiter became the youngest competitor in the history of the GCAT to win a national championship, defeating fellow competitors more than twice his age.
As the largest amateur golf tour in North America with more than 5,000 members, the Golf Channel Am Tour is open to the public and provides the most professional tournament experience for players of all ages and abilities, as well as offering unparalleled access to some of the most renowned and challenging golf courses across the country. For more information about the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships, including scores, visit

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