2004: Doyle ‘thrilled’ in 36 holes

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Parkville, Mo.

Jerry Pate was looking for his first victory since 1982 and Allen Doyle was looking for his first triumph of the season.

Doyle was the one holding the trophy after the final round of the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am was canceled June 13.

Doyle, who earned $247,500, led Pate by one shot after 36 holes June 12 when his 66 propelled him to 13-under 131. Doyle earned $247,500. It was Pate’s best Champions Tour finish.

Overnight thunderstorms swept through the Kansas City area and made the course unplayable.

“I know it’s not the way Bayer and the tournament people wanted it to end, but I’m thrilled to be the champion,” Doyle said. “I’m not the first guy to win a rain-shortened event and I won’t be the last. Although I would have liked to have played the final round, no one controls the weather.”

This was Doyle’s first victory on the Champions Tour since winning the Fleet/Boston Classic last August.

“I’m thrilled to have won another golf tournament,” Doyle said. “My name is on the trophy.”

Pate tied the course record with a 7-under 65 Saturday to get to 12 under. He was looking forward to a shot at his first Champions Tour title. But he believes that won’t be too far off.

“I think I can be an entity on the Champions Tour,” Pate said. “I think I could have some fun.”

Winds reaching 75 mph and an inch of rain overnight left debris on the course. Tents were blown over, trees were down around the course, bunkers were littered with debris and several television towers were toppled. A total of 4.2 inches of rain fell on The National Golf Course during tournament week.

– Staff and wire reports

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