2017 Troon Challenge National Finals presented by Callaway Golf Wraps-up in Scottsdale

Gross Division Winners: Jimmy Kozikowski and James Woods representing Lookout Mountain Golf Club in Phoenix.

The 2017 Troon Challenge National Finals presented by Callaway Golf® recently concluded at the Boulders Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fifty-six two-person teams represented their home clubs in the Finals, played Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, and battled in both gross and net divisions.

The Troon Challenge is a series of amateur golf tournaments held at world-class Troon® facilities across the United States. Beginning in April and running through August, more than 550 two-person teams competed in 32 regional qualifiers covering 11 states for the right to compete in the Troon Challenge National Finals in Scottsdale. 2017 marked the 15th year of this exciting amateur golf event. 

In the Gross Division, Jimmy Kozikowski and James Woods (126), representing Lookout Mountain Golf Club in Phoenix, took home the title shooting an opening round 62 on the Boulders’ South Course and a final round 64 on Troon North Golf Club’s Pinnacle Course. The talented Phoenicians won in a scorecard playoff over Ryan Gibbs and Kale Waaso (126) of The Phoenician Golf Club, and one shot ahead of the third place team of Andrew Augustyniak and Jake Golembiewski (127) representing Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona.

In the Net Division, Ronnie Schmitz and Dwayne Townsend (120) representing SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, Arizona finished one shot ahead of Scott Mackenzie and Johnathan More (121) of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona. Schmitz and Townsend placed second in the 2016 Troon Challenge National Finals, one-shot out of the lead. This year, after an opening round 61 on the Boulders’ South Course, Townsend and Schmitz closed with a strong final round 59 on Troon North’s Pinnacle Course. Bob Bucey and Bobby Bucey (122) of Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, California finished in third place with rounds of 60 and 62. 

The 2017 Troon Challenge was presented by Callaway Golf, along with supporting sponsors that included Experience Scottsdale, Pepsi, and Ship Sticks. Ship Sticks was a preferred partner and simplified the way Finalists traveled to Scottsdale with their clubs. Finalists received a special discount offer from Ship Sticks to ship their clubs to Scottsdale.

For more information on the 2017 Troon Challenge presented by Callaway Golf, visit www.TroonChallenge.com or search #TroonChallenge17.

2017 Troon Challenge National Finals Results

Gross Division

1st – Jimmy Kozikowski & James Woods, Lookout Mountain Golf Club: 62-64 = 126

2nd – Ryan Gibbs & Kale Waaso, The Phoenician Golf Club: 62-64 = 126

3rd – Andrew Augustyniak & Jake Golembiewski, Whirlwind Golf Club: 64-63 = 127


Net Division

1st – Dwayne Townsend & Ronnie Schmitz, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club: 61-59 = 120

2nd – Scott Mackenzie & Johnathan More, Southern Dunes Golf Club: 63-58 = 121

3rd – Bob Bucey & Bobby Bucey, Yocha Dehe Golf Club: 60-62 = 122