With six stops around the country throughout 2012, the PEGT Tour once again proved to be a staple on our GT calendars. And with five stops in the books, it all came down to the Dallas Holiday Classic.
Two events for the price one, well, if you’re good enough. That was theme at Volcanos for the monster closeout. Not only did Power Events host the DHC, but it also ran the Player of the Year Tournament for the 32 players with the most PEGT Points directly after.
It was a busy weekend to say the least, and the competition was fierce. 87 players tested their luck in the year's final event.
The weekend began with five-course qualifier on Saturday morning to determine the main bracket for the first event. Although the latest update is still somewhat fresh, the scores certainly didn’t show it.
Houston’s Mark Stenmark led all qualifiers with a five-course score of -131. Illinois pro Jeff Lannen was right on his heels with a qualifying score of -130. This fast start was more than just a fast start, it was a theme for the weekend.
The top ten for the qualifier can be found below, and full results can be seen here.
With the main bracket in place, match play began. And, much like the qualifier, this one was all Stenmark.
Mark cruised through his early matches—firing off a -27 and no worse than a -24—and then bested Minnesota’s Chris Thorbrogger in epic match for king of the hill honors. Thorbrogger played his way back into the finals, and Stenmark greeted him the way he greeted everyone he played that day.
Mark dropped a -28 on Coconut Beach to take the Dallas Holiday Classic crown. It was Golden Tee dominance, and he wasn’t done.
With the Dallas Holiday Classic in the books, the Player of the Year Tournament took center stage. The fine folks at Power Events tallied up the results, and the 32 players with the most PEGT Points had one more shot at Golden Tee glory and a cash prize.
It’s a long day, but certainly worth it. The players who made the cut we’re seeded and off they went again.
While Stenmark fell in a match early on, it was Jeff Lannen making noise early and often. Lannen bested Tamp Bay’s Sean Gervais -27 to -26 in an early match, and kept his foot on the gas from that moment on.
Lannen took down former Golden Tee World Champion Chris Eversole to take king of the hill honors, and was greeted in the finals by none other than Stenmark. And while Mark has been nearly perfect up until this point—minus the one early blip in the POTY Tourney—Lannen took him out and won Power Events’ second event of the day.
What a weekend it was for these two and also everyone in attendance. Power Events once again capped off a tremendous year with a tremendous tournament weekend, and we can’t thank them enough for the magnificent work they’ve put in.
And yes, the PEGT Tour will be returning in 2013, which is wonderful news. We’ll have all the dates you need to know soon enough, but for now we’ll let everyone catch their breath.
Congrats to both Mark Stenmark and Jeff Lannen and their monster weekends, and we’ll see you all next year.