While many of the world’s top-ranked golfers played the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin last weekend, “Golf’s 5th Major”, the Lakeshore Open, was decided at Phil Tom’s home in the historic Scotch 80’s neighborhood in the heart of Las Vegas.

Despite the fancy name, “Golf’s 5th Major” (officially trademarked, by the way), Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau nor any other PGA Tour players participated. That didn’t stop Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman from proclaiming last Saturday as Michelle and Phil Tom Day. The two were married following the tournament, which raises money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The field included 110 players attempting to tame the difficult course that winds through the front, back and side yards of Tom’s home. The unique course features all par three holes from 10-41 yards and seemingly pencil-thin fairways. The 18 th hole played to an average of 8.67 strokes and overall conditions proved so difficult that first-round leader David Steele withdrew in Round 2 after a 24-over par front nine.

Only one club can be used and the winner walks away with an honorary blue jacket. The charity tournament is all in good fun and no prize money is awarded, but major bragging rights go along with the title.

UNLV men’s assistant golf coach Philip Rowe shot nine over to win and the top rookie performer was former UNLV women’s golfer Liz Prior (+31). Teaching pro Mike O’Donnell was second at 11 over.


CHAIRMAN CAPTURES 8TH ROYAL BLUE JACKET

With absolutely perfect weather conditions, 81 players teed it up at the 22nd consecutive Lakeshore Open on Saturday, October 2nd. Enthusiastically supporting 'MAXIMUM HOPE', our wonderful new charity beneficiary, we raised over our $10,000 goal with donations continuing to come in this week. If you haven't done so, please consider contributing this week if you can. It is such a great cause.

There were 16 rookies in this year's field. Amazingly 6 of them made the cut. The cut-line turned out to be +16 and was not determined until 2:32pm. Nine shotmakers were in single digits in the opening round with the Chairman leading the way at +3, two shots better than perennial favorite Kyle Rogers.

The Championship round was something to behold. The 'butchery' was massive! The average score of the cut-makers was 22 over par. Aspiring PGA candidates, Ben Davis, Brett Bennett, Zane Thomas, Brando Smith, Gareth Saxon, and last year's Lakeshore winner Van Thomas, were falling like dominoes into the abyss. Only the duo of rookies Frank Frisbee and Cameron Barzekoff were hanging on. Cameron, who was +13 on the front, was along with fan favorite Mike Ryan, the only ball strikers who shot better on the Championship round than the first round. And 'wow' did Cameron paint a masterpiece. He threatened the course tournament record from the tips of even par with a stunning 56, 2 over par. And he had the least experience of any of the Jacket pursuers. He was in the clubhouse at +15 while the leaders were teeing off to set the standard. Truly one of the greatest achievements in Lakeshore lore. At the end of 27 holes Cameron was the only realistic challenger of the Chairman. In a very rare occurrence of Golf's 5th Major, the Chairman coasted, if you say such a word when any hole can destroy your championship, to a 4 shot victory of +11 for his 8th Royal Blue Jacket.

PHILIP TOM 3-8=11

CAMERON BARZEKOFF (R) 13-2=15

FRANK FRISBEE (R) 9-10=19

KYLE ROGERS 5-15=20

ZANE THOMAS 6-16=22

MIKE RYAN 13-10=23

ROB MULLANEY 9-15=24

JAKE PETERSON 6-20=26

BRETT BENNETT (R) 6-20=26

VAN THOMAS 10-16=26

THOMAS BUONOMO 10-20=30

WES TAYLOR 10-21=31

GARETH SAXON (R) 10-22=32

HARRY SCHROEDER 11-24=35

MIKE MULLALLY 16-19=35

CARL GAGLIONE 11-24=35

PAUL ROBARTS 8-28=36

BEN DAVIS 6-37=43

BO CRAWFORD 11-35=46

BRANDO SMITH (R) 12-34=46

ROBERT TOM 16-31=47

BRANDON EASTMAN 15-33=48

PATRICK CARNEY (R) 15-52=67

Again, if you still wish to contribute you can send a check to the clubhouse address of: 1502 Westwood Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89102 made out to Maximum Hope. You can go to:lakeshoreopen.com for more info and videos. Overall an extremely successful Lakeshore Open once again. Thank you all for you help and support. I love you all.-CHAIRMAN OF GOLF'S 5TH MAJOR, THE LAKESHORE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE


P.S. you all should get a copy of the scoreboard sent to you shortly