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TRGA Las Vegas Classic 2011

2011 Las Vegas Open Final Round


16-1-2011

1: Bradley Hughes (Australia) 69 - 74 (143)

2: John Erickson (San Francisco) 70 - 75 (145)




TRGA Las Vegas Classic 2010

2010 Las Vegas Open Final Round


17-1-2010

1: Luke Lane 74 - 71 (145)

2: Vic Wilk 71 - 76 (147)

3: Brady Exber 72 - 76 (148)

4: John Erickson (San Francisco) 74 - 76 (150)

5: Robert Norland 77 - 73 (150)







TRGA San Francisco Persimmon Open Championship 2009

2009 San Francisco Persimmon Open Final


26-4-2009

1: Alex Rose



2008 Las Vegas Open Final Round


27-11-2008

1: John Erickson (San Francisco) 73 - 73 (146)

2. Brady Exber (Las Vegas) 76 - 77 (153)

3. Vic Wilk (Las Vegas) 76 - 78 (154)

The TRGA and the Las Vegas National Golf Club welcomed the Las Vegas Classic Club Open Nov 20-23 2008. This unique event required professionals and amateurs to play with clubs that were made no later than 1979. The event featured golfers from across North America including several PGA TOUR members and other fine persimmon players competing for prize money and the coveted perpetual trophy.

John Erickson fired back to back 73's on the extremely difficult Las Vegas National Golf Club to claim the title and the winner's check with a comanding 7 stroke victory. Erickson, a winner on the Canadian Tour in the 90's, came out of retirement for the event. "I despise the direction golf has taken, this is the only type of event that would peak my interest".

Two time Nevada State Amateur champ Brady Exber finished a distant second, while PGA Tour winner Vic Wilk edged out Arkansas pro Pat Sharpe for third place.

Both days saw unusually high scores as the pros struggled with the 6900 yard layout using vintage persimmon woods and small forged blade irons. The greens were firm and unusually fast and without the help of square grooves from the thick rough, birdies were slim pickings. Several pros compared the set up to US Open style conditions. Long putters were not allowed to assist nor were wedges over 56 degrees.

Kenlyn Stewart of Knoxville Tennessee won the women's open division.

The next official TRGA event will be the San Francisco Persimmon Open spring of 2009 at the historic Mare Island Golf Club established in 1892. Check back for confirmed dates.

David Pepper

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