Christian Heavens and Quinn Riley made history at TPC Louisiana by winning the first team competition in APGA Tour history. The duo's remarkable performance, which included an eagle and six birdies, propelled them to victory over Kamaiu Johnson and Gabe Lench.
Heavens and Riley faced a daunting seven-shot deficit but managed to stage a remarkable comeback, shooting a six-under par 66 in the alternate-shot format. The highlight of their round came on the par-five seventh hole when Heavens sank a 30-foot eagle putt after a brilliant approach shot by Riley. This critical eagle put them in contention, and they sealed the victory with a birdie on the 18th hole.
The thrilling final day at TPC Louisiana saw Johnson and Lench, along with Andrew Walker and Zachary Juhasz, finish tied for second place at nine-under 135. Johnson and Lench had held a two-stroke lead after the first day's better-ball format with their impressive 11-birdie 61.
Riley, a former standout at Duke University and the top player in the 2022 APGA Collegiate Rankings, expressed satisfaction with their strategy and execution on the final day. The win marked Riley's first on the APGA Tour.
For Heavens, this victory was particularly significant as it marked his fourth win on the APGA Tour and his first since 2017 when he triumphed at the season-opening event in Pensacola, Florida. Heavens, who hails from St. Louis but now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, was pleased with the win, emphasizing that it gives him confidence heading into the upcoming APGA Ascension Classic at Glen Echo Golf Club in St. Louis.
The successful partnership between Heavens and Riley began in the APGA Farmers Insurance Invitational earlier in the year when they played together. Upon learning about the new two-man format at TPC Louisiana, they decided to team up for the event, a decision that ultimately paid off.
The teams of Kevin Hall/Andrew Fernandes, Daniel Augustus/Wyatt Worthington II, and Joe Hooks/Logan Batiste tied for fourth place at 136.
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