The largest field in Tournament History, in addition to glorious summer weather, combined to make the 2004 edition of the Invitational Shootout one of the most memorable. With a record five teams finishing under par, it took a playoff to decide the Shootout Champions for 2004.
On the second hole in sudden death, Joe Hill sank a 25-foot putt for the victory, earning his first wool jacket and partner Walter Lis his second. Hill & Lis defeated the team of Knight & Kroening after both teams finished 18 holes of regulation play at 2-under 68.
Hill’s success in the playoff came after a crushing overtime defeat in 2003 to the team of Donley & Shinkle. “After such a long wait, I was completely focused on erasing last year from mind and nailing that putt in the playoff” said Hill. “I did not want to spend twelve months second-guessing myself like I did last year.”
“We couldn’t be happier with turnout, the competition, the course and the weather” said tournament organizer Mike Howley. “We also raised a tremendous amount for The Helping Hand Rehabilition Center, which is a terrific accomplishment.”