Shouting “Hunter” Huang of Atlanta, Georgia, won his first United States Golf Teachers Cup championship this past October 7-8 at Oakcreek Country Club in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, with scores of 75-68 – 143 to win by two shots over Jose Esteves of Puerto Rico. Huang came from behind with four consecutive birdies during the final round on holes 14 through 17 to seal the deal. Alejandro Duque of Costa Rica finished third at 75-72 – 147, while first-round leader and defending champion Mark Harman of Ridgeland, South Carolina, was at 74-74 – 148.
Christopher Richards of Trinidad & Tobago earned his first United States Senior Golf Teachers Cup title, knocking off two-time defending champion Grant Gulych from St. Thomas, Ontario, with scores of 70-70 – 140. Gulych was in at 71-70 – 141, while another Canadian, Dave “The Sheriff” Belling was third at 72-70 – 142. Michael Wolf from Evansville, Indiana, rounded out the top four at 75-77 – 152.
The Super Senior division was won by John McGaugh, while the Ladies title was nabbed by USGTF Hall of Famer Pat Church. Gary Focken won the Legends division championship.
In the concurrent pro-am competition, Duque and his amateur partner Diengo Chou won the championship with a two-round total of 129 in the net fourball competition. Focken and Terry Edwards also finished at 129, but the team of Duque/Chou won on the strength of Duque’s lower final round score serving as the tiebreaker. Steve Fine and Cliff Armstrong finished third.
Sedona proved to be a wonderful setting for the tournament, and participants remarked on the incredible beauty of the area. For all scores, please visitwww.USGolfTeachersCup.com