Jamie Sindelar wins the 2016 MLG Tour Championship
Sindelar birdied both playoff holes to outlast Christian Brand
Thursday, December 1, 2016

JUPITER, Fla. – Jamie Sindelar of Horseheads, NY, birdied the second extra hole Thursday to win the Minor League Golf Tour's 12th annual Tour Championship at Abacoa Golf Club. The son of Joey Sindelar, a winner on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, Jamie outlasted Christian Brand of Scott Depot, WV, after they tied at 11 under par 133. Sindelar earned $10,000 for the win along with the coveted Tour Championship trophy.

In the playoff, both birdied the par-5 10th hole, Sindelar from 8 feet and Brand from 5 feet. At the par-4 11th, Brand's 15 footer slid just past the hole on the left side leaving the door open for Sindelar. He knocked his 6 foot birdie putt right in the middle for the victory. In regulation, Sindelar made an eagle at the par-5 second hole and three consecutive bogeys on the back nine Wednesday, but also had three birdies the first day. Sindelar played a bogey free final round on Thursday that included 9 birdies. Brand had an eagle at the par-5 10th Thursday to go with 11 birdies and 2 bogeys overall.

Two players tied for third, a stroke back at 134, each on rounds of 69-65. Sunny Kim of Queens, NY, had 2 eagles, 8 birdies and 2 bogeys. Ryan Carter of Miami, FL made two eagles, 7 birdies and a bogey. Kim won the Tour Championship in 2011.

There were also two $1,000 skins: Lucas Duperre Vanden Hecke of Montreal, Quebec, with birdie-2 at the eighth Wednesday, and Bryden Macpherson of Melbourne, Australia, an eagle-2 at the 11th Thursday.

The 84-player field was the MLGT's largest ever for a Major tournament. It was the 107th event of the year, No. 1,421 since the tour began in August, 2004. The second largest Major field was the 2012 Tour Championship won by Brooks Koepka.

Jamie Sindelar

Three one day tournaments are scheduled next week, Monday on the Fazio course at PGA National, Tuesday on the Estate course at PGA National and Thursday at Martin Downs CC.

A big thank you to Abacoa Golf Club for hosting the Tour Championship.


J. Lytle, S. LeBrun & Dan McCarthy lead Tour Championship with 67's
24 players are within 4 shots of the lead entering the final round

JUPITER, Fla. - Jimmy Lytle from Ocean Ridge, FL, Steve LeBrun from West Palm Beach, FL and Dan McCarthy from Syracuse, NY all fired opening rounds of 5-under par 67 to lead the 2016 Minor League Golf Tour Championship.

Twenty four of the eighty four participants are under par and within four shots of the lead entering the final round. The winds gusted to 25 mph during the opening round at Abacoa Golf Club which made the course play tough.

The Minor League Golf Tour hosts 4 Major tournaments each year with the fourth and final Major being the Tour Championship. Since the Tour's inception in 2004, this year's Tour Championship field of 84 participants is the largest Major field yet. The next largest was 81 for the 2012 Tour Championship won by Brooks Koepka.

There was only 1 skin out on day one worth $1,000. Click on any of the links under the skins column to view the skin results.

Today we had a very unfortunate rules situation occur. A player hit their drive left on 18 , over the hills toward the driving range, which is OB. Because it could not be seen where it finished and it was downwind, the player decided to hit a provisional for OB, which his playing partners were in favor of.

When they drove over the hills there was more room than they had thought, but the ball was not to be found. It was noted that the range picker had just driven through the area, some of which was in play and the rest of which (the driving range) was OB. Upon checking the baskets, the players ball had been collected. The player invoked rule 3-3, and played his provisional ball and a substituted "dropped ball" from a spot in play that he determined was the likely spot his original ball came to rest.

After the round the group was brought back to the spot and the situation was discussed in great detail. When the player suggested that he just incur the penalty and be done with it, his playing partners thought that was incorrect because it was not known if the original ball was in play or not. When it was suggested by the committee that the substituted ball be counted, there was concern about protecting the field since it was not known if the original ball was in play or OB. At this point it was a 50/50 coin flip if the ball was or was not in play before it was collected by the ball picker.

The committee contacted the USGA rules department and explained the situation.

The main facts are:
1. The players ball was moved by an outside agency.
2. It is impossible to know if the players ball was in bounds or out of bounds.
3. The player and his playing partners did decide to have him play a provisional ball for OB after the original ball was hit.

The USGA had a rules meeting going on and this situation was discussed by them at length. Their conclusion was that it is up to our committee to decide, but based upon the known facts and that it is impossible to determine if it was in or out and where to even drop a ball, an error should be made in such a way to protect the field. Based upon this and all the information collected, we very reluctantly, had the player count the score for the provisional ball.

2016 Tour Championship

40% of the field earns a check. $10,000 first place at 60+ players, $6,000 first place at 40+ players. Over $2,000 of added in money

Event Details

Start: 11/30/2016
Rounds: 2

Players: 84
Entry: $640
Purse: $45110.01

Event Photos
Day 2 Pictures

133 - Jamie Sindelar (70-63) - $10,000

Abacoa Golf Club
105 Barbados Drive
Jupiter, FL  33458
www.abacoagolfclub.com

(561) 622-0036

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Tournament Results

Score Player Amount Total
(133)  70 63 Jamie Sindelar 1 $10,000.00$10,000.00
(133)  68 65 Christian Brand 2 $4,000.00$4,000.00
(134)  69 65 Sunny Kim T3 $2,375.00$2,375.00
(134)  69 65 Ryan Carter T3 $2,375.00$2,375.00
(135)  72 63 Chris Naegel T5 $1,925.00$1,925.00
(135)  73 62 Vaita Guillaume T5 $1,925.00$1,925.00
(136)  67 69 Dan McCarthy 7 $1,700.00$1,700.00
(137)  67 70 Steve LeBrun T8 $1,339.00$1,339.00
(137)  68 69 Billy Kennerly T8 $1,339.00$1,339.00
(137)  68 69 Charles Danielson T8 $1,339.00$1,339.00
(137)  69 68 Adam Svensson T8 $1,339.00$1,339.00
(137)  71 66 Denny McCarthy T8 $1,339.00$1,339.00
(138)  67 71 Jimmy Lytle T13 $1,187.50$1,187.50
(138)  72 66 Bryden Macpherson T13 $1,187.50$2,187.50
(139)  69 70 Evan Russell T15 $1,125.00$1,125.00
(139)  71 68 Albin Choi T15 $1,125.00$1,125.00
(139)  73 66 Carter Page T15 $1,125.00$1,125.00
(140)  71 69 Chase Koepka T18 $1,037.50$1,037.50
(140)  71 69 Bo Hoag T18 $1,037.50$1,037.50
(140)  71 69 David Sanders T18 $1,037.50$1,037.50
(140)  73 67 Kristian Caparros T18 $1,037.50$1,037.50
(141)  68 73 Charlie Harrison T22 $541.67$541.67
(141)  70 71 Brad Adamonis T22 $541.67$541.67
(141)  71 70 Terry BurkeT22 $541.67$541.67
(142)  69 73 Greg O'Mahony T25 $325.00$325.00
(142)  74 68 Sandro Piaget T25 $325.00$325.00
(142)  74 68 Matthew Jennings T25 $325.00$325.00
(143)  69 74 Jordan Elsen T28 $238.75$238.75
(143)  70 73 Eric Cole T28 $238.75$238.75
(143)  70 73 Wayne De Haas T28 $238.75$238.75
(143)  71 72 Matt DavidsonT28 $238.75$238.75
(144)  71 73 Jeff Bronkema T32 $110.00$110.00
(144)  73 71 Daniel Miernicki T32 $110.00$110.00
(144)  74 70 Seth Sweet T32 $110.00$110.00
(144)  74 70 Justin Peters T32 $110.00$110.00
(144)  76 68 Josh Hart T32 $110.00$110.00
(144)  77 67 Russell Budd T32 $110.00$110.00
(145)  71 74 Daniel Stanley $0.00$0.00
(145)  72 73 Jonathan Garrick $0.00$0.00
(145)  73 72 Will Coleman $0.00$0.00
(145)  74 71 David Pastore $0.00$0.00
(145)  75 70 Brandon Smith $0.00$0.00
(145)  76 69 Aksel Olsen $0.00$0.00
(145)  76 69 Nicholas Pandelena $0.00$0.00
(145)  77 68 CD Hockersmith $0.00$0.00
(146)  71 75 Jeremy Walsh $0.00$0.00
(146)  72 74 Rasmey Kong (a) $0.00$0.00
(146)  73 73 Bart George $0.00$0.00
(146)  74 72 Brendan Lemp $0.00$0.00
(146)  75 71 Brant Peaper $0.00$0.00
(146)  75 71 Blake Morris $0.00$0.00
(146)  75 71 Michael Midgette $0.00$0.00
(147)  73 74 Nick Marcoaldi $0.00$0.00
(147)  74 73 Alexander Hicks $0.00$0.00
(147)  77 70 Tarik Can $0.00$0.00
(147)  81 66 Steven Burak $0.00$0.00
(147)  74 73 Nicolas Cavero $0.00$0.00
(148)  73 75 Logan Brown $0.00$0.00
(148)  75 73 Collin Neeman $0.00$0.00
(148)  77 71 Thomas Henderson $0.00$0.00
(149)  75 74 Eric Beringer $0.00$0.00
(149)  76 73 Trevor Sluman $0.00$0.00
(149)  76 73 Max Gilbert $0.00$0.00
(150)  75 75 Kevin Foley $0.00$0.00
(150)  76 74 Joshua Eure $0.00$0.00
(150)  77 73 Chris Wiatr $0.00$0.00
(151)  75 76 Matt Dubrowski $0.00$0.00
(151)  76 75 Max Buckley $0.00$0.00
(151)  78 73 Spencer Mellon $0.00$0.00
(151)  82 69 Jesse Larson $0.00$0.00
(152)  74 78 Philipp Muller $0.00$0.00
(152)  77 75 Justin Bryant $0.00$0.00
(153)  79 74 Jeb Buchanan $0.00$0.00
(154)  81 73 Lucas Duperre Vanden Hecke $0.00$1,000.00
(155)  82 73 Louis Kelly $0.00$0.00
(156)  79 77 Michael Chipolone $0.00$0.00
(156)  81 75 Cole Adams $0.00$0.00
(157)  80 77 Kyle Siegel $0.00$0.00
(157)  82 75 Florian Kolberg $0.00$0.00
(157)  84 73 Greg Reilly $0.00$0.00
(159)  80 79 Dan Wagner $0.00$0.00
(159)  82 77 Vincent Vivolo $0.00$0.00
(18064)  82 17982 Bobby Fox $0.00$0.00
(35964)  17982 17982 Whit Staples $0.00$0.00
       

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