It’s hard to believe that George Les first participated in The Invitational Shootout in 2007. Since that time, he has become the tournament’s greatest player and most dominant champion, becoming the first and only person to win three plaid jackets in the history of the event. His 2014 victory with partner Paul Manolitsis cemented George’s place in the record books as the best individual golfer in Shootout history.
His triumph in 2014 was over his son, 2013 Shootout Champion Billy Les. “I’ll be honest, winning last year’s event with Paul was an awesome experience” said George Les. “However, it was a bittersweet because as a father, you always want the best for your son. But as I told Billy after the tournament, you’ll have many more chances to try and match my accomplishments at The Shootout.”
After winning the 2007 Invitational Shootout in his first tournament appearance with Dominic Dallio, George Les won again with Dallio in 2011. With his most recent victory with Paul Manolitsis, George Les joined Walter Lis and Ray Shinkle as the only players to win The Shootout twice with different partners.
“What impresses me the most about George Les is his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the win” said 2014 Champion Joe Hill. “Most guys will have a tendency to be happy with their accomplishments and take their foot off the accelerator. Not George Les. That guy was built to be a champion and he’s proved it with a remarkable record under the bright lights of the biggest two-person scramble in the Midwest.”