Mulroy Splits 3 Million With Win In Vegas
May 17, 2005
LAS VEGAS - Former NC State golfer Garth Mulroy teamed up with David Ping to win three million dollars at the Big Stakes Match Play golf tournament on Monday, the biggest paycheck in tournament history. The duo won six straight matches at the Casablanca Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev., to beat a field of 64 two-person teams in a best ball scratch format.
Mulroy, a 2002 All-American for the Wolfpack, is ranked in fourth in school hisotry with a 72.62 career stroke average. His 72.13 stroke average his All-ACC senior season in 2002 ranks sixth all-time in the single-year school records. Finishing fourth at the 2002 ACC Championship, Mulroy went on to compete in the 2002 East-West all-star matches and he carded a 67 in his last round as a collegiate golfer in the final round of the 2002 NCAA Championship.
A six-day, four-ball match play event, the entry fee was $50,000 per player. The 16 teams winning their first two Big Stakes matches and the two teams reaching the final round of the consolation division won their entry fees back. Big Stakes competitors won an additional $100,000 with a victory in Round 3 and progressively more with each subsequent victory.
Eligible to anyone not playing on a major professional tour, or who has had "fully exempt" status on a major professional tour anytime within the last three years, the Big Stakes Match Play was developed and organized by former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski. The Big Stakes Match Play was televised and the made-for-TV program will air from 1-3 p.m., May 30 and May 31, on The Golf Channel.
For more information about the Big Stakes Match Play, visit www.bigstakesgolf.com.