Preston Cole and Bryce Howell were Furman golf teammates who wanted another chance to compete together after the end of their golf season.
Cole who graduated and Howell who will be a senior next year teamed up to win the SCGA Four-Ball championship at The Country Club of Spartanburg.
An SCGA championship isn’t the same as a SoCon golf title, but it was a very good win for the two Paladins.
Howell and Cole faced off against Todd Mitchell of Columbia and Taylor Ingle of Winnsboro.
Ingle and Mitchell qualified for the match-play portion of the tournament as the 31st seed and made the finals.
In the final match the two teams played even through the first nine holes. Mitchell and Ingle went 1-up on the 11th hole.
On the 12th hole Cole rolled in a short putt to even the match. Howell and Preston than built a two hole lead through number 15.
“Preston made some really good putts and we were able to get just a little lead for the last couple of holes,” said Howell.
Cole carded birdies on number 12, 14, 15 and 16 to put make the match dormie.
Mitchell and Ingle accepted a conceded birdie on the 17th hole to force play on the final hole.
Cole and Howell finished off the win with a solid par on the last hole. Cole rolled in a five foot putt to wrap up the victory.
“This was a really tough match,” said Cole. “We played 118 holes of golf, but this was only the second match that went to number 18,” he said.
“We didn’t like the way the season ended at the conference,” said Howell. “We got close but we would have liked to end the year with a win. Winning this is great” he added.
Complete tournament scoring is available at http://www.scgolf.org
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