Champions Golf Club
The Champions Golf Club is a golf club located in Houston, Texas. The club was founded in 1957 by Jack Burke, Jr. and Jimmy Demaret. In 1959 the Cypress Creek Course was opened for play, designed by Ralph Plummer. This course has hosted tournaments such as the 1967 Ryder Cup, the 1969 U.S. Open, multiple Tour Championships, the U.S. Amateur, and the Houston Champions International, which was a PGA Tour event.
There are two courses, Cypress Creek, and Jackrabbit. While Jackrabbit is used in qualifying rounds for the various USGA Championships the club has hosted, the Cypress Creek course is the primary tournament venue.
Tournaments held at Champions, and their winners, include:
- 1966 Houston Champions International - Arnold Palmer
- 1967 Houston Champions International - Frank Beard
- 1967 Ryder Cup - U.S. team defeated Great Britain 23½ to 8½
- 1968 Houston Champions International - Roberto De Vicenzo
- 1969 U.S. Open - Orville Moody
- 1970 Houston Champions International - Gibby Gilbert
- 1971 Houston Champions International - Hubert Green
- 1973 Southern Amateur - Ben Crenshaw
- 1980 Southern Amateur - Bob Tway
- 1990 Nabisco Championship - Jodie Mudd
- 1993 U.S. Amateur - John Harris
- 1997 The Tour Championship - David Duval
- 1998 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur - Virginia Derby Grimes
- 1999 The Tour Championship - Tiger Woods
- 2001 The Tour Championship - Mike Weir
- 2003 The Tour Championship - Chad Campbell
The club also hosts the Champions Cup Invitational, one of the premiere two-man best-ball amateur events, since 1961.
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