Thirty-eight players traveled to Jackson’s to compete in the 2013 Denver Open, the fourth stop on Power Events’ Golden Tee Tour, which is suddenly more than halfway home.
Just where does the time go?
Per usual, the main event kicked off with the five-course qualifier, the customary tournament ritual to determine the cut and seeding.
Texas trackballer Paul Luna was absolutely on fire, and his score of -130 was good for tops overall by four strokes. Fellow Texan George Von Koschembahr was second overall with a score of -126, while Missouri’s Evan Gossett rounded out the top three with a score of -124.
The rest of the top 10 was as follows.
With the qualifier complete, match play began. And although the usual faces had their run, a handful of others proved to be the biggest forces on Sunday.
Kansas native Danny “Dannyboy” Beall is by no means a newbie, although he brought it this weekend. He’s been a factor in main events before—won them, even—so perhaps his performance in Denver should come as no surprise.
Beall fired off four consecutive -24s in a row to win his first four matches—including one over tournament favorite Mark Stenmark—and backed these up with a -27 against Michigan native Jeff McClellan to take king of the hill honors.
Although McClellan lost, his day was far from over. He was bounced to the loser’s portion of the bracket, awaiting an opponent. That opponent was none other than Evan Gossett who powered his way through the loser’s bracket with three (!!!) -27s and a -26.
McClellan, however, served as a roadblock, and he took down Gossett by the score of -25 to -24 to move into the finals. Rematch, anyone?
For McClellan to win the tournament he would have to beat Beall twice, and he accomplished half of that feat when he dropped a -26 in his first game. Rematch, anyone? (Again).
With the tournament on the line, the two played in one final match.
After losing his first match of the day, Beall insured that would be his only loss. His -25 was good for the win, and he took down the PEGT title in impressive fashion. Congratulations go out to Dannyboy, and thanks to all the players who made the trip. Also, thank you once again to Power Events for putting on a marvelous show.
Next stop? Richmond. Stay tuned for all the necessary details on the PEGT Tour, and visit PEGTtour.com for more.