Crosswater Course to Play Host to Rolex Tournament of Champions
Renowned resort next in long line of prestigious
Each year, the tournament field of the Rolex Tournament
of Champions is made up of a laundry list of big-time junior
golfers, and this year will be no different.
But it is also the host facility that boasts familiarity with
big-time golf. Sunriver Resort in Oregon has hosted and is
scheduled to host some of the most prestigious events in amateur
“That’s our motive—to have at least one
big golf championship each year,” said Tony Blasius,
head golf professional at Sunriver. “We aim to have
a large championship of some sort each year. The people here
really get behind those things, they’re fun for us.
People here get really keyed up.”
Previously, Sunriver has served as the site of the 1999 Shell
Wonderful World of Golf, the 2000 NCAA Division I Women’s
National Championship, the 2001 PGA Club Professional Championship
and the 2002 USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
In addition to the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Sunriver
will also host a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier and the Division
I NCAA Women’s Golf West Regional this year. The NCAA
will again make appearances at Sunriver in 2005 and 2006 when
it will host the women’s Division I national championship
at its Meadows Course and the men’s Division I tournament
at the Crosswater.
With Sunriver’s involvement with the NCAA, participants
in the Rolex Tournament of Champions will get a preview of
a course they are sure to see when they play at the collegiate
“We love to do things with the NCAA because their events
are at the right time of year for us,” Blasius said,
referring to the fabulous weather in late spring and summer.
Tournament of Champions Quick Facts
Sun River, Ore.
Date: July 5-9, 2004
Field: 168 girls and boys ages 12-18
Format: 72-hole stroke play with cut
to 84 players after 36 holes
Course: Sunriver Resort, Crosswater
Course Opened: 1995
Designed by: Bob Cupp
Competitive Course Record: 65, Fred
Couples and Wayne DeFrancesco
Noteworthy: Sunriver will host the
2005 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf National Championships
and the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National
Championsips… In 1999, Crosswater was designated
as a certified Audubon Sanctuary through the Audubon
Society of New York State, one of only 150 golf courses
in the U.S. to be so named.
The Crosswater Course gets its name from the unique river
crossings one encounters when playing the course. The gently
flowing Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers are key components
of the track’s design. The rivers can come into play
as often as seven times in a round, depending upon tee selection
and hole locations.
“The course is great as far as its playability,”
Blasius said. “It’s fair, but it’s hard.”
In August of 2003, the AJGA staged a tournament at Sunriver’s
Meadows Course, resulting in raised expectations for the 2004
“(2003) was phenomenal,” Blasius raved. “We
had great golf and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The golf course, thanks to our superintendent, was in impeccable
shape for the players. The weather was great and the golf
exceeded everything we could have expected.”
The improved quality of field and the prestige of the Crosswater
Course make this year’s Rolex Tournament of Champions
a highly anticipated event—for the AJGA and Sunriver
“The expectations are out of this world,” Blasius
said. “When you have the Rolex Tournament of Champions,
you have past winners and the cream of the crop coming in
to play for it all. With such a great course like the Crosswater,
I’m really looking forward to seeing how it pans out.”
In addition to the 72 holes of championship junior golf for
the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Sunriver offers diversions
for the entire family. The resort boasts 54 holes of golf
and a plethora of other activities. A full-service spa, tennis
courts, fishing, whitewater rafting, bike touring or a spin
through the marina can all be on tap at Sunriver.
“We are a tremendous family resort,” Blasius said.
“We have it all for every member of the family. The
kids will seriously get tired of doing stuff.”
By hosting the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Sunriver is
added to a lengthy list of elite golf courses that have served
as the site of the AJGA’s longest-running event. Inverrary
Country Club in Lauderhill, Fla., hosted the event in its
first five years, including in 1978 when it was the first
AJGA event ever.
Since then, the tournament has been held at:
• Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, Ga.
• Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in Wellington,
• Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
• Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla.
• The Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
• Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de
• The Ohio State University Golf Course in Columbus,
• Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
• and most recently, Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton,
When asked what else he’d like to see done for the
2004 event, Blasius simply responded, “Turn up the clock.
Let’s get it going!”