Congratulations to the winner of the Summer Series Championship, Hans Reimers!
The Summer Series Championship was held September 12-14, 2017 at the Papago and ASU Karsten Golf Courses located in Phoenix, Arizona. Although participation was low, the strength of the field did not disappoint as the event showcased some of Arizona’s rising talent. Hans lead the pack after day one at Papago G.C. firing an opening round 8 under par (64). Following closely behind was PGA Tour member Richard Lee with an opening round (65), Mariano Rossi (66), and Jeff Burton (67). With the warm weather and perfect course conditions, scoring was optimal as the field average for round one was a stroke and a half under par at (70.5).
The second round was held at ASU Karsten Golf Club, home to the Arizona State men’s and women’s golf teams. Course conditions were great and the rough was long putting a premium on hitting fairway’s and green’s on the challenging Pete Dye designed course. Once again players took advantage of the optimal scoring conditions and the battle for the championship continued between Hans Reimers and Richard Lee. Richard lead the charge on day two firing a 5 under par (66) moving him into a one shot lead over Hans (68). The rest of the field was not far behind as Ray Beaufils (66), Jeff Burton (67), and Mariano Rossi (70) moved into contention. Vishal Giri, amateur player attending ASU, had an impressive 3 under par (68) the second day showing that he can compete at the professional level. Five players made the cut after the second round as the low 33% of the field and ties advanced to the final round. 7 under par (136) was the cut line and the scoring average for day two was 1 stroke under par at (70).
The final round consisted of Richard Lee (-12), Hans Reimers (-11), Jeff Burton (-9), Ray Beaufils (-8) and Mariano Rossi (-7). The round was back and forth on the front nine as players jostled positions until Hans made a birdie putt on the ninth hole to Richards bogey that changed the momentum of the round in Hans favor. With a solid back nine and final round 7 under par (65), Hans Reimers earned his first professional win finishing out the tournament with a BOGEY FREE (-18) under par (197) total. Jeff Burton finished off the tournament with a solid performance 2 under par (70) final round score and tournament total (-11, 204) to move him into second place. Richard Lee had a final round score of 2 over (74) and a tournament total of (-10, 205) for a third place finish, Ray Beaufils 1 under (71) and tournament total (-9, 206) for a fourth place finish, and Mariano Rossi 4 over (76) and tournament (-3, 212) for a fifth place finish.
When interviewing Hans we asked:
“Was there a deciding moment in the tournament that you felt separated you from the field?”
Hans: “Deciding moment for me was making my birdie putt on 9 and Richard made bogey. I felt like I had to have my foot on the gas the whole front nine because Richard was playing some good golf”.
“It was probably one of the strongest fields we have seen to date, we’re you and Richard going back and forth the entire tournament?”
Hans: “Yeah it felt like that a bit, but the first few days there were other guys still close enough to catch us. It wasn’t until after the third or fourth hole the final day that it felt like a battle between the two of us.”
“Was there any specific part of your game that you attribute your solid play to and does getting your first win off your belt give you some good mojo heading into Q-School at Southern Dunes?”
Hans: “Putting was a big key, but I also drove the ball pretty well off the tee. Having this win absolutely gives me a little mojo going in as it’s always nice to feel comfortable with your game going into an event.”
Congratulations Hans on your first professional victory and a solid performance in our Summer Series Championship! You’re a true professional and you are going to go far in this game. Best of luck at Q-School and hope to see you on the big screen next year.
We’d also like to thank our Partners of the TOUR:
Straight Down Clothing, GolferAid, Trackman, and Honey Bears BBQ for providing food after the final round. We’d also like to thank the host facilities and their staff at both Papago and ASU Karsten Golf Courses for helping us put on an awesome event.