After winning the second of back-to-back Invitational Shootout championships via a thrilling playoff victory in 2003, it was clear Ray Shinkle had earned his place in tournament history. Ten years have passed and he still stands alone as the only man to have won The Shootout in two consecutive years with two different partners.
In the years since the Donley/Shinkle victory in 2003, the majority of plaid jackets have been worn by long-time teammates. Victorious teams such as Welder/Wits, Dallio/Les and the Amstrongs have played together in the Shootout for multiple years. In fact, since Shinkle’s remarkable feat in 2003, only the 2004 Invitational Shootout Championship team of Hill/Lis have played in multiple Shootouts individually, while winning in their only Shootout performance together.
“I think we’ve entered the era of consistent teams in The Shootout” says Mike Howley. “It’s doubtful that we’ll see anyone ever approach Ray’s record of back-to-back wins with different partners. Now days, teams are practicing together, detailing strategies and playing to their strengths. It’s a different world.”
“Ray definitely changed this event, he’s had very much the same impact Arnold Palmer has had on The Masters” said Joe Hill. “His charisma and magnetism attracted a whole new audience to The Shootout.”