CARY, N.C. -- Mark Wiebe became the 12th Champions Tour
player to win in his first start on the 50-and-over circuit,
leading wire-to-wire in a record victory Sunday in the SAS
Wiebe, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, closed with a 5-under
67 for a tournament record 18-under 198 total on the Prestonwood
Country Club course. He beat Dana Quigley by four strokes to take
the $300,000 first-place check.
"Setting a record blows me away," said Wiebe, who broke the
mark of 17 under set by Craig Stadler in 2004. "It's been 21 years
and that's a long time. That's three kids worth. I have a great
feeling of accomplishment.
Wiebe matched Bobby Wadkins as the tour's youngest winner at 50
years, 10 days. He also became the first player to win on a sponsor
exemption since Christy O'Connor Jr. in the 1999 State Farm Senior
"I've been hitting the ball well the past couple of months,"
Wiebe said. "I didn't think I'd score 18 under. I had quite a
Mark McNulty was the last player to win in his first Champions
Tour start, taking the 2004 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Wiebe also
became the second player to win the SAS Championship in his tour
debut. D.A. Weibring accomplished the fear in 2003.
Wiebe, who made only $20,535 in 11 Nationwide Tour events this
year, qualified for the Constellation Energy Senior Players
Championship in Baltimore on Oct. 5-7.
Wiebe started the day one shot ahead of Quigley at 13 under, but
dropped a stroke on the opening hole -- his first bogey of the week.
Wiebe countered with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 third hole.
Quigley, who played in the final group with Wiebe, bogeyed the
par-4 fourth and could do little to make a serious run at the
"Mark hit the ball well and putted great. That's a good
combination," Quigley said. "To shoot 18 under on this course is