It was a record-breaking weekend for both Power Events and the Baja Bean's NIV (Not in Vegas) tournament!
80 players signed up and played in the main event on Saturday and Sunday with over 20 of those players being brand new to the tournament scene!
The 15th anniversary of the NIV kicked off in style on Thursday night with a Closest-to-the-Pin and Money $hot contest where North Carolina's Paul Tayloe went back-to-back winning both contests.
On Friday night, over 85 players played in the handicap tournament where a percentage of those players won free entry into the main event on Saturday.
Friday night was also host Jefe Alums’ 50th birthday celebration and the Baja Bean was serving free beer throughout the night!
After recovering from free beer Friday, 80 Golden Tee players from all over the US played a 5 course qualifier on the new 2018 courses Saturday morning.
Paul Tayloe was top qualifier with a -141 and 188,000 great shot points. The rest of the top 10 included familiar faces but also a few new ones as well.
After a free taco lunch buffet and hours of qualifying, Saturday night had players of all skill levels playing games, getting to know each other and making new friends.
As always, come Sunday morning the players were ready for battle, with the top 32 facing off in the Gold bracket and the remaining 49 players in the Purple bracket. Before the matches could start, the players were treated to a pig roast lunch, courteous of Baja Bean.
The top two qualifiers, North Carolina’s Paul Tayloe and Ohio’s Andy Haas won 5 matches each in order to face off in the King-of-the-Hill match.
Andy won that match on Rhineland with a score of -27 to -26 to remain undefeated and be guaranteed at least a 2nd place finish.
On the loser’s side of the bracket, new-comer Woody Tinsley faced off against Adam Ashley, where unfortunately nerves got the best of Woody.
Chris Longino took on Dan Gillard, where Longino’s years of tournament experience allowed him to take out Gillard after his own record tournament run.
Chris Longino was able to move on by taking out Adam Ashley after a back and forth battle on Rhineland. Longino’s victory secured him 3rd place spot at the very least.
Where Longino’s tournament experience got the best of Gillard, Paul Tayloe’s experience got the best of Longino in sudden death on Safari Dunes to lock-in his rematch against Haas in the finals.
Unfortunately for the one known as “Hole Maker,” Tayloe was unable to stop the train known as Andy Haas. Haas defeated Tayloe on a Rhineland rematch with a score of -26 to -22 to go undefeated and lay claim to the NIV 15 Championship!
We thank Power Events for their continued expertise and their ability to put on high-quality Golden Tee tournaments around the nation.
We also want to give a sincere thank you to Jefe Alums and everyone at the Baja Bean Richmond for taking care of Golden Tee players for the last fifteen years.
The next Power Events tournament is the Houston Holiday Classic & Top Gun / Lil Gun player of the year tournaments. Those events take place the weekend of November 30th through December 4th. You can find more information on that at PEGTtour.com.