2002: New York duo wins Golfweek Pro Team

ORLANDO, FLA

Gene Diamond and Greg Glover sat near the scoreboard for an hour waiting for a team to shoot 63, a score that would trump the duo for victory Jan. 22 at the ninth annual Golfweek Pro Team Championship presented by Spalding.

There wasn’t a 63, but there was still life for Diamond and Glover. With only three groups remaining on the course, Tom Joyce and Kevin Morris posted a matching 8-under-par 64 to create a sudden-death playoff. Joyce, the 62-year-old head pro from Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y., rolled in a 12-footer for birdie on the first extra hole to claim the $5,000 prize in the $25,000 event at MetroWest Country Club (Results, p18).

The Pro Team Championship is a two-man, best-ball format for Class A-1, A-4, A-14 and master professionals attending the PGA Merchandise Show.

“We got comfortable with the golf course,” said Joyce, who has teamed with Morris in the Pro Team Championship for the last six years. “At first, we were intimidated, playing way back. But we weren’t afraid to hit long irons or woods into the greens. After a while, you get to thinking you can make birdie with a 2-iron.”

Morris, the 51-year-old head pro from Westchester Hills Country Club in White Plains, N.Y., who has played in six PGA Championships, heavily contributed to the victory with five of the team’s eight birdies (Nos. 1, 8, 11, 13 and 17), but Joyce’s putter was red-hot all day. Joyce, who has played occasionally on the Champions Tour and participated in five U.S. Senior Opens, made birdie from 25 feet on No. 3 (the team’s 12th hole – they began on No. 10), from 30 feet on No. 4 and from 35 feet on No. 6 before sinking the winning putt in the playoff.

Trevino tops in Champions Skins: Hale Irwin has been the dominant player on the Champions Tour for the last several years. Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer knew it coming into the ConAgra Champions Tour Skins Game Jan. 25 at the Gold Course Wailea (Hawaii) Golf Club.

“We knew coming in that it was going to be three against one,” Trevino said. “We held Hale back a long time. We knew that he was the guy to beat.”

Trevino, 63, made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole to finish with six skins and $240,000 to win the event. Trevino won the first hole for $20,000 and four skins at No. 12 for $120,000.

Irwin, who won five skins and $200,000, was second. Nicklaus won seven skins worth $160,000 and Palmer was shut out for the second consecutive year. Palmer was eliminated on the first extra hole, and Nicklaus dropped out on the second.

– Jay A. Coffin and wire reports

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