The 2015 Corey Pavin Invitational was held at the Westin Mission Hills, Pete Dye Course on October 24 & 25. The field was set at 85 players for the two-day event consisting of 54 holes. Day one was comprised of 36-hole shotgun start of continuous golfing, followed by 18 holes on day two. Friday before play began, there was a very nice player banquet held at the Indian Wells Resort. The players gathered to share dinner and talk golf in preparation for the upcoming marathon ahead of them. Junior Golf Director, Kevin Smith had a surprise for the players that they could have never predicted. Mr. Smith informed them that the winner of the boys and girls division would also win the opportunity to play a round of golf with Corey Pavin himself. The entire room went abuzz when the news broke and it defiantly got the players excited for play to begin. When asked about the upcoming tournament, Kevin Smith said, “We are honored to host the 2nd Annual Corey Pavin Invitational on behalf of one of our most prolific players to ever compete in the SCPGA Junior Tour. Corey is a gracious tournament host and we couldn’t be more thrilled to conduct this championship on his behalf.” After the conclusion of the banquet, the players retired for their early morning start at the course.
Day 1: The field woke up bright and early on October 24th to use the range and get a feel for the greens at the beautiful Westin Mission Hills, Pete Dye Course. The Range was elbow to elbow with players eager to begin the 36-hole golf marathon. With the 7:30 AM shotgun start set, the field wasted no time getting to work. Notable round one achievements included 5 round one birdies by Connor Howe on his way to shooting a -2 under round of 68. Connor wasn’t the only one working hard in round one. Clay Seeber recorded an impressive 9 birdies over the course of his two rounds on day one. Another player who was lighting up the course on day one was Mason Glinski, recording 7 birds and finishing at -2 under over 36 holes. Charles Reiter was playing some excellent golf on day one, carding 5 birdies en-route to a +1 standing at the end of day one. Edwin Kuang was also in the zone, posting 6 birdies and finishing up his 36 hole total at -1 under. While the boys were posting some impressive scores, the girls division also saw some amazing golf action. Haley Moore threw up an impressive 6 birdies on her first 36. Amy Matsuoka hit for 5 birdies while posting 70 & 69 in her first rounds. As play drew to a close, the field got a better picture of where they stood in the pack. The boys division leader at -4 under by Puwit Anupansuebsai, while the girls division was led by Amy Matsuoka & Haley Moore at -1 under.
Day 2: Sunday brought the humid weather with it, but the coolers were stocked with ice-cold waters and the field had no problems playing well with only 18 holes remaining. The course was in outstanding shape and the players were finding their putts rolling true. The final lead group pairings for the boys division was Puwit Anupansuebsai (-4), Mason Glinski (-3), & Tanner Podres (-2). The girls divison final pairings were Haley Moore (-1), Amy Matsuoka (-1), & Chayse Gomez (+3). With the field tight at the top, a Sunday victory was attainable for a lot of players at the top of the pack. In the girls division, Haley Moore, shot an amazing round of -5 under with 6 birdies. Haley’s final round three score of 65 was a course record for the Westin Mission Hills, Pete Dye Course. Finishing in second for the girls was Amy Matsuoka, at -3 for the tournament, while posting a -2 on the day. In third for the girls division, Chayse Gomez was lighting up the birdies with four on the day. Another notable finish for the girls was Rose Zhang, with 8 top 8’s in 11 Toyota Tour Cup events. Congratulations girls! The boys division was lead by Puwit who shot for three birdies and ended up finishing with a three day score of -5 under. Charging up the pack, Charles Reiter fired a round three score of -5 under, giving him a 2nd place finish. Finishing in third, Mason Glinski shot a strong and steady round, finishing at -3 under for the tournament. Great playing from both divisions made for an exciting day of golf for both the players and the spectators. With live scoring throughout the day, the players always had a good idea of what was going on thought the day. After the award presentation to the winners, Kevin Smith said, “Our 2015 champions Haley and Puwit put on a great show for all of us involved. They really displayed some high quality golf under the most extreme pressure of tournament play. They are well-deserved champions and should be very proud to have their names listed on the perpetual Corey Pavin Invitational trophy.”
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Special thanks to all the SCPGA Rules Officials: Ron O’Connor, PGA, Gary Albin, Tom Powers, Keith Reinking, & Terry Startle.
Big thanks to TaylorMade for being the product sponsor for the event, getting the kids some great polos! Also thanks to our presenting sponsor Toyota, the event couldn’t have taken place without your support!
And lastly, thanks to The Westin Mission Hills Resort. They were very wonderful hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed having this event there.