STUART, Fla. - Vaita Guillaume of Tahiti birdied his first four holes Thursday enroute to a five under par 67 in winning a Minor League Golf Tour event at The Champions Club. After his fast start, Guillaume, 28, birdied four of the next seven and added three bogeys to win by three strokes. He earned $555.
It was Guillaume's third MLGT start this week and fifth overall. He won his debut last December, winning the Tour Championship at Abacoa GC in Jupiter, worth $10,000.
Today's event at Champions Club was a new format created by the Minor League Golf Tour called Pass/Fail. In the Pass/Fail format, the closest number of players and ties to 50% of the field, but not to exceed 50% of the field passes and earns at least their entry fee back. In the Pass/Fail event format the player that finishes 1st will earn the same check as the player who finishes just inside the top half of the field.
There was also an optional $100 bonus pool for those players that want to compete for more money. The top 33% and ties earn a check in the bonus pool based on order of finish in the event. 6 out of the 16 players chose to enter the bonus pool creating a bonus pool purse of $600. First place in the bonus pool paid $355 and second place paid $245.
The point of the Pass/Fail event is to simulate competing in a golf tournament where you don't have to win, you just have to pass to reach the next level. Examples of this are attempting to make the cut after a mediocre first round, trying make it through a Q-School stage, or passing the PGA Playing Ability Test (PAT). The pass/fail format will help you to learn to grind it out and give it everything you have to "pass" instead of letting up a bit when you don't have your best on any given day.
This could be one of the neatest scorecards of the year.
The MLGT's 93rd tournament of the year drew 16 entries and returned $1,120 in prize money. The next event is scheduled Monday at Jacaranda CC in Plantation.
|70||Bob Friend||P||$160.00||$0.00||$245.00||$405.00||Pittsburgh, PA|
|71||Jon McLean||P||$160.00||$0.00||$0.00||$160.00||Weston, FL|
|72||Jeff Cohen||P||$160.00||$80.00||$0.00||$240.00||Windham, NH|
|72||Matt Gallant||P||$160.00||$0.00||$0.00||$160.00||Nashville, TN|
|72||Christian Brand||P||$160.00||$40.00||$0.00||$200.00||Scott Depot, WV|
|73||Cole Thompson||P||$160.00||$0.00||$0.00||$160.00||Sebastian, FL|
|75||Gregory Della-Pietra||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||Stuart, FL|
|75||Zac Goodman||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||Boca Raton, FL|
|76||Brian McArdle||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||Jupiter, FL|
|76||Brad McFadden (a)||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||Bryn Mawr, PA|
|79||Justin Serowik (a)||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||Marblehead, MA|
|85||Colby Takushi||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||Pearl City, HI|
|87||Bernie Quinn||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00||Rochester, NY|