Shane Hennessy-York and Joe Schely birdied the first playoff hole to win a three-team playoff today in the 2017 Invitational Shootout at Water’s Edge Golf Club in Worth, IL. Hennessy-York and Joe Schely defeated George Les and Paul Manolitsis as well as Billy Les and Rob Garcia in sudden death on the 18th hole.
The win was the second for Shane Hennessey-York, who also won the 2015 Invitational Shootout with Greg Smith. Joe Schley finished T6 in 2014 in his first Shootout appearance with Hennessey-York. He also finished T4 in 2015 with Courtland Stansberry.
All three teams had approach shots within 100 yards on the playoff hole, but it was a clutch shot from Shane Hennessey-York to within seven feet that gave the eventual champions the advantage. After the other two teams missed their birdie attempts, the stage was set for Joe Schley to sink the biggest putt of his life to earn the 2017 Invitational Shootout title.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishment today” said Shane Hennessey-York. “Joe and I really didn’t think we did enough to earn a shot at the win. That’s why we were surprised and elated when we found out there would be a three team playoff. It was like we received a second life and it definitely strengthened our resolve.”
“Playing with Shane is a blast” said Joe Schley. “He seems to welcome the pressure and he sure proved it today with that chip shot in the playoff. When you have six guys looking to add a massive title like this to their resume, the intensity is incredible. Winning the Shootout is a life-changer in so many ways. I’m so proud to be a part of history.”
With the win, Hennessey-York joins an elite group of five Shootout champions who have won two titles with two different partners. He also has a chance to make history by becoming only the third person with three victories at next year’s historic event.
“Make no mistake, I’m extremely grateful for this moment. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit to my excitement for the 25th Anniversary Invitational Shootout next year. To win the 25th Shootout and join two giants – King George Les and Ray Shinkle with three wins, is something I’ll be thinking about for the next 365 days.”