SOUTHERN PINES, North Carolina – Phil Skinner, representing Tartan Fields Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, won the inaugural Callaway Golf Tournament of Club Champions powered by Global Golf Post.
The 54-hole stroke play tournament, conducted by Global Golf Post, brought together club champions from across the United States to compete at Pine Needles Golf Club and Mid Pines Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., October 9-11, 2015.
Skinner carded rounds of 73-79-73—225 to claim the victory, with John Hornbeck of Rondout Golf Club in Accord, N.Y., finishing eight strokes back in second place, and Peter Nicholson of Mount Kisco, N.Y., placing third, 11 strokes back.
Weather played a role in the outcome, with two sunny days at Pine Needles sandwiched around a soggy, chilly middle round at Mid Pines. A two-hour weather delay was forced by heavy rain and unplayable conditions at Mid Pines, but the players returned to the course when the rain lightened up to a mild showers.
Calm weather returned for the final round at Pine Needles. Hornbeck made an early charge, holing out for eagle from the fairway on the 419-yard, par-4 second hole en route to a front-nine 32, trimming Skinner’s lead to five strokes.
Skinner drained a lengthy birdie putt on the 10th hole for a birdie and no challenger came closer the rest of the way.
As the victor, Skinner received the crystal trophy, a $500 Edwin Watts gift card, and bragging rights as the first winner of the Callaway Golf Tournament of Club Champions.
The field consisted of players who won their club championships during the past five years, providing a high-level national competition and a chance to meet avid golfers from coast to coast. The host venues, Pine Needles and Mid Pines, were classic Donald Ross designs with multiple USGA national championships to their credit.