Using their considerable guile and experience, the team of Bob Barasa and John Groark shot a five under par 67, winning the Legends Division of the Invitational Shootout. In addition, they finished just one stroke behind the overall Tournament winners, an almost unthinkable feat until 2007.
Long before The Invitational Shootout was a household name, Mike Fahey was a driving force in the event, helping mold the fabric of competition. In fact, Fahey is one of only three players to compete in all 14 editions of The Shootout. On Saturday, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his support.
“Mike Fahey has stood behind The Shootout since the beginning” said Mike Howley. “When the concept of a two-person scramble first came up in 1994, we looked to Mike for support and he’s been there every event since. We thank Mike for being a true friend of The Shootout.”
The cruel fate of bad luck finally caught up with two-time Invitational Shootout Champion Ray Shinkle on Saturday. While maintaining the outright lead in the Tournament, Shinkle became startled as a black cat strolled across his path on the 14th tee. A spooked Shinkle proceeded to double-bogey and bogey his next two holes, losing his chance for a third title.
Against the largest field in Tournament history, George Les and Dominick Dallio were able to hold off two-time Champion Walter Lis and partner Tom Senne by one stroke along with three other teams to win the 2007 Invitational Shootout at Water’s Edge Golf Club.
Les and Dallio carded a six-under 66 to take home the trophies and the coveted wool jackets in what may be the most competitive Shootout ever. Despite somewhat breezy conditions, a record twelve teams finished under par. The consistent low scoring was a testament to the quality of the largest field in Tournament history.
“George and I were expecting four or five under would win the tournament” said Dominic Dallio. “Thankfully we were able to pick up a couple late birdies because the field this year was exceptionally strong and the scores were lower than we anticipated. George hit a great chip on 18 to seal the deal, so I’m really proud of our performance.”