Stricker & Van Pelt

It was in the high 90’s and very humid during the two days at the CVS Charity Classic in Barrington, R.I. But the heat didn’t bother the team of Bo Van Pelt and Steve Stricker who won the 15th annual tournament with a two day score of 25 under par. “I live in Oklahoma so it would be considered a cool day back home” said Van Pelt. “It seems that I play better in the heat,” said Bo. That is an understatement.

On the first day the competition was a little tighter. Van Pelt and Stricker finished the first day by tying the tournament record with a score of 12 under par 59. But defending champs, Morgan Pressel and Jay Hass endured the heat well and shot a round of 9 under par 62. With the Women’s U.S. Open being played shortly thereafter,  Pressel had contemplated the possibility of not returning to defend her title at the Rhode Island Country Club. But she visited the Sebonak Golf Club in Southampton, New York and has played four practice rounds to prepare for the Open. “This is a fun event and I thought it would give me a chance to relax and enjoy myself,” said Pressel.

On the second day of the tournament Stricker and Van Pelt did not give the other teams a chance to gain any ground. The guys scored nine birdies and two eagles for a round of 13 under par. Steady Steve Stricker has won 12 PGA Tour events and has over 37 million dollars in career earnings. Van Pelt has only had one PGA Tour victory but has finished in the top 30 in FedEx Cup points for the last three years in a row.

This was the first year for the winners to play in the Classic and is worth $300,000 to the team. Each player in the CVS Charity Classic is representing some of their favorite charities. This year Stricker was playing for The March of Dimes and Van Pelt was representing Youth Pride Inc. In the last 14 years the tournament has raised over 16 million dollars to benefit local charities. Local favorite Billy Andrade and teammate Bill Hass were a close second with a two day total of 21 under par. Morgan Pressel and Jay Hass finished 3rd with a score of 19 under par.