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Olde Sycamore Open by Tim Simpson
- April 14, 2006
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four time PGA Tour winner Tim Simpson shot a final round 67 to win the Tarheel Tour’s Olde Sycamore Open by one shot over Greer, SC native Brent Delahoussaye.
Delahoussaye, who played collegiate golf at Clemson, entered the final round with a one shot lead over Simpson. The former Tiger lead for much of the front nine before a bogey at number nine, coupled with a birdie from Simpson, dropped him to one shot behind the former PGA Tour star.
The two players would trade shots for much of the back nine before coming to the short par-5 18th. Both players were short of the green in two shots and had relatively simple pitches left. Simpson chipped up to five feet while Delahoussaye’s attempt came up 20 feet short. After a two putt from Delahoussaye, Simpson was able to roll the short putt in for birdie and the win.
This is Simpson’s first professional win since recovering from Lyme disease and undergoing brain surgery as a result of the illness. He was forced to undergo spinal fusion as a result of the horrific disease, which nearly cost him his life.
“I hope my win here can help inspire people suffering from cancer, leukemia, or any serious illness. You have to believe that you’re going to get through the tough times and that better roads lie ahead.”
Simpson will be fully exempt for the Champions Tour when he turns 50 on May 6th of this year. He has been playing the Tarheel Tour in 2006 in order to prepare for his debut.
“These guys do a hell of a job with the Tarheel Tour. They play great courses and run a first class operation.”
Simpson, through his first four events on the Tour, became a favorite of many players looking to learn from someone who has been to the pinnacle of golf.
“This is really a great bunch of kids out here. I kind of see myself as a mentor to them and I enjoy being able to help them out however I can. I guess it’s my way of giving back,” said Simpson, who will play two Nationwide Tour events before jumping to the Champions Tour.
Finishing third by himself was South African Garth Mulroy. Mulroy tied the low round of the day with a 67 and earned $5,000 for his good play. Solo fourth went to Rocky Mount native Adam Howell. Howell was the measure of consistency this week with steady rounds of 69-71-70.
The Tour would like to thank Head Golf Professional Doug Ballenger and General Manager Dwayne Simpson for hosting a great tournament. A special thanks also goes out to Mark Burnett and his staff for presenting a well manicured golf course for the week.
The Tarheel Tour will be back in action April 18-20 at the Bermuda Run Open in Bermuda Run, NC.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
Tarheel Professional Tour
Olde Sycamore Open
Final Round Results
Olde Sycamore Golf Club
Par 72 – 6,965 yards
Tim Simpson, Greensboro, GA $12,000 69-67-67=203
Brent Delahoussaye, Greer, SC $7,000 71-64-69=204
Garth Mulroy, South Africa $5,000 71-70-67=208
Adam Howell, Rocky Mount, NC $3,500 69-71-70=210
John McAllister, Spartanburg, SC $2,437.50 74-70-67=211
Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC $2,437.50 73-69-69=211
Kyle Bradley, N. Augusta, SC $2,437.50 70-71-70=211
Brett Harris, Dunwoody, GA $2,437.50 68-71-72=211
Matt Cannon, Huntersville, NC $1,800 72-69-71=212
David Seawell, Columbia, SC $1,800 70-69-73=212
Frank Adams III, Laurinburg, NC $1,550 73-74-67=214
Jody Bellflower, Milledgeville, GA $1,550 69-70-75=214
Shaun Norris, South Africa $1,143.75 74-72-69=215
Dan Forshey, Montgomery, AL $1,143.75 71-72-72=215
James Mason, Duluth, GA $1,143.75 72-71-72=215
John Ross, Burlington, VT $1,143.75 72-70-73=215
Stan Gann, Kathleen, GA $1,143.75 73-69-73=215
Jonathan Hill, Greenville, NC $1,143.75 68-74-73=215
David Siegel, Matthews, NC $1,143.75 70-72-73=215
Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA $1,143.75 72-68-75=215
Andy Bare, Jacksonville, FL $825 73-73-70=216
Gregg Jones, Florence, SC $825 74-71-71=216
Jason Martin, Lenior, NC $825 72-72-72=216
Rich Mudd, Charleston, SC $825 71-71-74=216
Billy Judah, Chesapeake, VA $725 72-70-75=217
Alex Hamilton, Aiken, SC $662.50 74-73-71=218
Luke Slaymaker, Center Point, IA $662.50 72-74-72=218
Chris Mundorf, Greensboro, NC $662.50 74-70-74=218
Ben Case, England $662.50 71-72-75=218
Derek Brown, Walnut Cove, NC $596.67 70-76-73=219
Jonathan Jenkins, Jonesboro, GA $596.67 70-76-73=219
Mayson Petty, Tuscaloosa, AL $596.67 72-68-79=219
Ramon Bescansa, Pinehurst, NC $462.50 74-73-73=220
Mitch Adams, Cary, NC $462.50 73-74-73=220
Neil Maurer, Ocean City, MD $462.50 73-74-73=220
Matt Davidson, Greenville, SC $462.50 72-74-74=220
Daniel Sloan, Greenville, SC $462.50 72-72-76=220
Stewart Moore, Charlotte, NC $462.50 69-73-78=220
Josh Bunch, Gainesville, GA $275 71-76-74=221
Leighton Nichols, Atlanta, GA $250 72-74-76=222
Tommy Schaff, Savannah, GA $212.50 77-70-76=223
Scott Hart, W. Des Moines, IA $212.50 76-71-76=223
William McGirt, Taylors, SC $150 73-73-80=226
Creighton Suomi, Greenville, SC $100 74-72-86=232