2000 TPC • Steady Clifton overcomes York, self to triumph in Y2K TPC

Gaylord, MI, USA
September 22 – 24, 2000
Rd1 – Treetops Resort (Masterpiece/Tradition GC)
Rd2 – Treetops Resort (Signature GC)
Rd3 – Treetops Resort (Fazio GC)

After a near miss last year, Ron Clifton (Plainwell, MI) refocused and claimed the TPC title that had eluded him.

Clifton’s opening score of 80 placed in 9 back after eighteen, however closing rounds of 70 and 72 were more than enough to overtake leader and eventual runner-up Dan York (Brighton, MI).

Keeping his ball in play, along with a steady diet of fairways and greens, was Clifton’s recipe for success.

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road,” announced a triumphant Clifton.

He also added “Milk is for babies, when you grow up you have to drink beer.”

Defending champion Karl Nagy (Plymouth, MI) concluded his title defense with a 9th place finish.

Additional top five finishers were 3rd Steve Lawler (St Clair Shores, MI), 4th Eric Fournier (Harper Woods, MI) and 5th Louis Song (Livonia, MI).

Noteworthy – This was the largest TPC to date, with a total of 24 contestants vying for the title.

Final Standings

1 Ron Clifton 80-70-72 222 (+9)
2 Dan York 71-77-83 231 (+18)
3 Steve Lawler 79-81-74 234 (+21)
4 Eric Fournier 77-85-74 236 (+23)
5 Louis Song 92-71-76 239 (+26)
6T Kurt Goetzke 78-80-86 244 (+31)
6T Coree Raden 91-75-78 244 (+31)
8 Bruce Kruckeberg 85-75-88 248 (+35)
9 Karl Nagy 84-82-85 251 (+38)
10 Andy Kurncz 82-88-83 253 (+40)
11 Dan McKay 92-79-84 255 (+42)
12 Todd Statetzny 79-90-87 256 (+43)
13 Jeff Longeway 81-92-86 259 (+46)
14 Jim Elgin 76-92-95 263 (+50)
15 Dennis Granowicz 88-88-90 266 (+53)
16 Nick Karfonta 92-95-82 269 (+56)
17 Jeff Vadnais 79-90-103 272 (+59)
18 Doug Granowicz 89-96-92 277 (+64)
19 John Vadnais 96-113-96 305 (+92)
20 Roger Anteau 119-121-131 371 (+158)
DQ Craig Isham 84-DQ-82  
DQ Matt Maser 79-DQ-84  
DQ Karl Perttunen 94-DQ-104  
DQ Buck Smith DQ-DQ-81  

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 York 71
Elgin 76
Fournier 77
Goetzke 78
Rd2 York 148
Clifton 150
Goetzke 158
Kruckeberg 160
Lawler 160
Rd3 Clifton 222
York 231
Lawler 234
Fournier 236

Low Round Scoring

70 Clifton Rd2
71 York Rd1
71 Song Rd2
72 Clifton Rd3
74 Lawler Rd3
74 Fournier Rd3
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