2002 TPC • Unbelievable! Raden goes back-to-back to win 2nd TPC

Augusta, MI, USA
September 26 – 29, 2002
Rd1 – Stonehedge (South GC)
Rd2 – Stonehedge (North GC)
Rd3 – Gull Lake (East?GC)
Rd4 – Bedford Valley GC
Rd5 – Gull Lake (East GC)
Rd6 – Gull Lake (West GC)

Back to back TPC victories were never supposed to happen, but no one ever informed Coree Raden (Caledonia, MI), who captured his second consecutive TPC title.

Raden opened with a lackluster 82, but grabbed the lead after his 2nd round 72, one he would not relinquish over the final four rounds.

Runner-up Louis Song (Plymouth, MI) applied pressure to Raden, including a final round 73 to close the victory gap, but it wasn’t enough to unseat Raden.

“There is no way that you can ever really repeat something,” stated an exasperated Raden. “I have this great belief that the magic of the moment can never be recaptured, each moment its own unique occurrence.”

Also finishing in the top five were tied 3rd Bruce Kruckeberg (Shelby Twp, MI) and Steve Lawler (St Clair Shores, MI), and 5th Andy Kurncz (Fenton, MI).

Noteworthy – This was the first (and likely last) TPC conducted over 108 holes (6 rounds).

Final Standings

1 Coree Raden 82-72-71-83-69-80 457 (+30)
2 Louis Song 82-72-76-79-80-73 462 (+35)
3T Bruce Kruckeberg 78-89-67-83-73-77 467 (+40)
3T Steve Lawler 82-76-72-78-83-76 467 (+40)
5 Andy Kurncz 79-77-85-81-75-75 472 (+45)
6 Jeff Longeway 83-84-76-82-73-75 473 (+46)
7 Matt Maser 83-77-75-83-83-73 474 (+47)
8 Kurt Goetzke 73-81-79-87-78-79 477 (+50)
9 Ron Clifton 87-78-75-79-82-78 479 (+52)
10 Karl Nagy 85-82-80-91-79-80 497 (+70)
11 Dan McKay 79-83-80-85-81-91 499 (+72)

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Goetzke 73
Kruckeberg 78
Kurncz 79
McKay 79
Rd2 Raden 154
Song 154
Goetzke 154
Kurncz 156
Rd3 Raden 225
Lawler 230
Song 230
Goetzke 233
Rd4 Lawler308
Raden308
Song 309
Kruckeberg 317
Rd5 Raden 377
Song 389
Kruckeberg 390
Lawler 391
Rd6 Raden 457
Song 462
Lawler 467
Kruckeberg 467

Low Round Scoring

67 Kruckeberg Rd3
69 Raden Rd5
71 Raden Rd3
72 Song Rd2
72 Raden Rd2
72 Lawler Rd3

 

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