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Liebler’s playoff eagle wins Festival title

Steve Liebler won his fifth Festival of Flowers title with an eagle 2 on the first playoff hole.

Steve Liebler won his fifth Festival of Flowers title with an eagle 2 on the first playoff hole.

Steve Liebler of Irmo is no stranger to making great shots on the golf course. He has a hard time remembering how many par-4s he has eagled in his career, but he will remember his last one.

Liebler was in a four-way playoff for the win at the Festival of Flowers Championship being played at The Patriot at Grand Harbor.

It only took the four-time winner two shots in the playoff to become a five-time winner of the tournament.

Playing the par-4 first hole to start the playoff,  Liebler hit a perfect drive down the center of the fairway. He had about 108 yards to the hole and picked a 52 degree wedge.

“With four in the playoff I thought I needed a three to be able to go to the next hole.” he said.

His shot was on line all the way. It hit a few feet in front of the pin and then easily rolled into the cup, barely touching the pin.

Liebler shows off the ball he used to win the Festival of Flowers with an eagle 2 on the playoff hole.

Liebler shows off the ball he used to win the Festival of Flowers with an eagle 2 on the playoff hole.

“I knew I had a good line when I hit, but you have to have some luck to be able to make a shot like that,” said Liebler.

Liebler was the first to hit his approach shot into the green and when it ended up in the hole the three other golfers in the playoffs knew it was over.

J.J. Jordan, Scott Skiff and Jordan Warnock tried to equal Liebler’s great shot, but none came close and the trio had to settle for a tie for second place.

‘This has always been one of my favorite tournaments. It had a couple of down years, but it looks like it is coming back. It is great to see some of the good college players returning because it makes for a better tournament,” he said.

Liebler adds the 2016 title to victories he earned in 2014, 2010, 2007 and 2002. He shot rounds of 72 and 71 for a 143 total.

Fight winners were, First Flight – Jordan Warnock (gross), J.J. Jordan (net). Second Flight – John Parker (gross), Steffan Smith (net). Third Flight – Mike Hartin (gross) Jonathan Costello (net). Fourth Flight – Zach Bostic (gross), Brian Tucker (net).

Walter Todd (l) receives his senior champion award from club pro Craig Malone.

Walter Todd (l) receives his senior champion award from club pro Craig Malone.

The Senior division title was won by Walter Todd. The Laurens golfer was locked in a tight race with four other golfers, but went on a birdie binge at the end of his round to pull away from the field.

Todd had a one shot lead over Mike Gravley, Julian Taylor and T.D. Todd, but four birdies in the next five holes gave him the win.

Todd carded rounds of 70-67 for a 137 total and a five shot victory over the three golfers who tied for second in the senior division.

Flight winner were, First Flight – T.D. Todd (gross), Terry Willis (net), Second Flight – Ken Taylor (gross).

Robert Burgess picks up his Club Division championship award from club pro Craig Malone.

Robert Burgess picks up his Club Division championship award from club pro Craig Malone.

The Club Division title was won by Rolling Green golfer Robert Burgess. Flight winners were, First Flight –  John Fisher (gross), Jimmie Barber (net). Second Flight – Jeff Pittilo (gross), Bob Santee (net)

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