The weather was terrible, but the golf was pretty good considering the conditions at the Chanticleer National Four-Ball tournament.
A pair of future Indiana University golfers teamed up to win the championship at the Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course.
Harry Reynolds of Greenville and Mitchell Davis of Valparaiso, Indiana played the best in the bad conditions to win the tournament by two shots. The two golfers are part of the same recruiting class for the Hoosiers and got together to play in the event at Reynolds home course.
With conditions that seemed more like Bloomington than Greenville the two started the tournament by posting an outstanding 6-under par 66 in the first round.
“We birdied four of our last five holes on Saturday,” said Reynolds. “We made seven birdies and only one bogey,” said Reynolds.
The team of Kevin Roberts and Mike Hartin tied with Reynolds and Davis for the lead, while Brent Delahoussaye and Jay McKnight were one shot behind the leaders going into the final round.
The conditions continued to be challenging in the final round. Reynolds and Davis played steady while Roberts and Hartin had some difficulties. The first round co-leaders bogeyed the first hole and made the turn at 2-over par.
Reynolds and Davis carded a four-under par 32 on the front nine and looked to be pulling away from the field.
Playing several groups in front of the leaders the team of Garland Ferrell and Matt Hayes caught fire. The team birdied the ninth hole and then made birdies on six of the next nine holes to finish at 9-under par.
Reynolds and Davis opened the door just a little with a pair of bogeys on the back nine, but one of the bogeys might have actually saved the tournament for the team.
“On number 12 we hit one in the creek and one out of bounds. We were lucky to save a bogey on the hole and it turned out to be a really good bogey,” said Reynolds.
The team only lost a shot, but got it back with birdies on number 14 and 15 to reach 11-under par and claim a two shot win.
Ferrell and Hayes shot the best round of the tournament in the worst conditions. The teams 7-under par 65 pushed the two into second place.
“We needed to play better in the first round,” said Ferrell. “That turned out to be the difference between us winning and finishing second,” he said.
Roberts and Hartin were not able to comeback from a difficult start and shot a 2-over 74 to drop into a three-way tie at 140.
Joining Roberts and Hartin in third place were the teams of Josh Branyon, Kyle Milner along with Jeremy Grab, Jake Malone and Brett Harris, Tate Hoisington.
“We made more birdies yesterday (first round) than we did today. Yesterday it was just cold, but today it was wet and the clubs were slippery. We had to stay patient and consider the conditions,” said Reynolds.
Rounding out the top-ten were T-7, Ron Clontz & Danny Ezelle, Brent Delahoussaye & Jay McKnight, T-9, Jeremy Revis and David Baston, Yancey Johnson and Robert Lutomski, Steven Bright & Duff Wagner.
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