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
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
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
1 Suneil Aggarwal Alpharetta, Ga. 80-88—168 +24
2 Keith Varney Port St. Lucie, Fla. 89-83—172 +28
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 www.gcamtour.com