George Les made tournament history on Friday, June 9, 2023, as he clinched his unprecedented fifth title at the Invitational Shootout golf tournament. Les, along with partner Paul Manolitsis, demonstrated an exceptional performance that led them to a decisive three-shot victory over Mike Howley and Ray Shinkle at a challenging George Dunne National Golf Club in Oak Forest, IL.
This event marked Les’ third victory with Manolitsis, solidifying their standing as the greatest pairing in the history of the event. Demonstrating an unprecedented display of shotmaking skill and precision, the duo recorded an impressive score of 9-under par 63.
This victory reinforces George’s reputation as the most accomplished player in the history of the Invitational Shootout. His five titles only trail Walter Lis Jr’s overall record of six – two Primary division wins and four Legends division wins.
“It’s become hard to quantify how great George Les is” said 2004 Shootout Champion Joe Hill. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, George takes another gigantic step towards greatness. I’m not sure that we’ll ever see another like him.”
The latest triumph underscores Les’ consistent excellence and his aptitude for performing under pressure. Known as ‘King George’ in the circuit, Les continues to reign supreme over the tournament, living up to his moniker.
“How George Les continues to perform at this insanely high level is truly remarkable” said Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mick McDonnell. “Every year we think the next generation of young guys who hit the ball 300 yards is going knock King George off his throne. They way he dominated this year, I’m not sure we’re going to see his demise any time soon.”
2023 Shootout Recap
The 2023 Invitational Shootout witnessed another chapter of Les’s winning legacy. His determination and knack for seizing victory, shown throughout his participation over the years, was on full display once again, confirming his status as a true golfing titan.
Father/Son Repeat as Legends Division
Walter Lis Jr. and Walter Lis Sr. shot an even par round of 72 to vanquish a strong group of competitors for a three stroke victory in the Invitational Shootout Legends Division. Rich Burke and Bob Faxel finished three strokes back in second place.