The Champions Tour hosted the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at at En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott, and had a wonderful tournament, which required a play-off on Sunday to determine the winner. Willie Wood from Tennessee won the trophy in the one hole play-off after he and Michael Allen were tied at the end of the final round on -13 under par.
Brad Faxon high fives Willie on sinking the putt that got him into the play-off/Casey Staff / Staff Photo
The field for this event included 57 of the top 60 players on the Champions Tour, notables were, Tom Lehman, Brad Faxon, Joey Sindelar and Tom Watson. Tom was making his first appearance at En-Joie Golf Course since the 1976 B.C. Open, he said of this tournament;
” I just enjoyed the tournament and I’ve enjoyed it again this year. It’s a lot of fun; there’s a lot of good will, good community support. It’s a wonderful experience for me. I enjoy playing in tournaments like this.”
Dick’s Open tournament director John Karedes was all smiles at the conclusion of the exciting event, which included a little rain hiccup on Friday;
” Except for Mother Nature’s little challenge on Friday afternoon, everything went great. We had Willie Wood and Michael Allen in the playoff, and just behind them on the leaderboard was a who’s who of professional golf. And to hear someone like Tom Watson say that about the tournament, we certainly value that observation. He’s been all over the world, and he’s seen good and bad, and to have him say that is great.”