2004 TPC • Song outduels Lawler and controversy to win TPC

Gaylord, Michigan, USA
September 23 – 26, 2004
Rd1 – Wilderness Valley GC
Rd2 – Michaywe (Pines GC)
Rd3 – Michaywe (Lake GC)
Rd4 – Gaylord CC
Rd5 – Michaywe (Pines GC)

After nine years of trying, Louis Song (Plymouth, MI) finally captured his first TPC title.

Leading by one stroke over eventual runner-up Steve Lawler (Macomb Twp, MI) entering the last round, both players fired matching 74’s, giving Song the victory.

Controversy arose during the 4th round, when a lost ball ruling was undone and turned Song’s 76 into a 73; his two shot deficit was turned into a one shot lead entering the final round.

After his final putt dropped, Song announced “서당개삼년에풍월읊는다”, which translates to “After three years at a village schoolhouse, even a dog can recite a poem.”

Defending champion Jeff Longeway’s (Plymouth, MI) repeat bid fell short, as he stumbled to a 12th place finish.

Players also finishing in the top five were tied 3rd Bruce Kruckeberg (Shelby Twp, MI) and Coree Raden (Caledonia, MI), and 5th Matt Maser (Northville, MI).

Noteworthy – In a dubious honor, Longeway became the first 1st round leader to finish the tournament in last place.

Final Standings

1 Louis Song 71-71-84-73-74 373 (+15)
2 Steve Lawler 80-68-75-77-74 374 (+16)
3T Bruce Kruckeberg 76-75-75-75-77 378 (+20)
3T Coree Raden 72-70-82-77-77 378 (+20)
5 Matt Maser 69-76-78-81-79 383 (+25)
6 Eric Fournier 77-74-81-81-73 386 (+28)
7 Kurt Goetzke 80-70-84-74-80 388 (+30)
8 Andy Kurncz 78-79-71-75-86 389 (+31)
9 Mark Chapman 71-77-91-80-74 393 (+35)
10T Ron Clifton 77-76-87-79-77 396 (+38)
10T Karl Nagy 73-74-88-80-81 396 (+38)
12 Jeff Longeway 69-74-82-85-89 399 (+41)

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Longeway 69
Maser 69
Chapman 71
Song 71
Rd2 Song 142
Raden 142
Longeway 143
Maser 145
Rd3 Maser 223
Lawler 223
Raden 224
Longeway 225
Rd4 Song 299
Lawler 300
Raden 301
Kruckeberg 301
Rd5 Song 373
Lawler 374
Raden 378
Kruckeberg 378

Low Round Scoring

68 Lawler Rd2
69 Longeway Rd1
69 Maser Rd1
70 Raden Rd2
70 Goetzke Rd2
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