Garland Ferrell hasn’t played many rounds at Paris Mountain Country Club since he was a junior. Rick Cobb almost never misses a chance to play tournaments at the club.
The two came away with wins in the Upstate Mid-Am and Senior championships played at the course near Travelers Rest.
Ferrell, competing in the Mid-Am field opened the tournament with a 2-under par 70 to hold a two shot lead over Mike Hartin.
“The course and greens were just in perfect condition,” said Ferrell. “I thought my putting gave me the lead in the first round,” he said.
The second round was a different story for the former Furman golfer. A cold start and little more wind contributed to a 5-over par second round 77.
“I thought it had gotten away from me, but everyone else was having trouble too,” he said.
While Ferrell’s score was higher than the first round so was the rest of the field. A par-birdie-par finish wrapped up the win for the first round leader.
“I drove the green on 17 and had a chance for an eagle and missed, but the birdie I made turned out to be the difference,” said Ferrell.
Benji McGaha posted a final round 3-over par 75 to go along with his opening round 1-over par 73 too finish second, one shot behind Ferrell.
Hartin ended up third with Rusty Stegall in fourth and Toby Turner rounded out the top-five.
In the Upstate Senior competition Cobb was locked in a battle with a golfer who has about as many wins on the Paris Mountain course as he does.
Johnny League trailed Cobb after the first round by two shots after shooting an opening round 4-over par 76.
In the second round Cobb stuck to the formula that has helped him five different Traynham titles over the years.
“Fairways and greens,” said Cobb. “There really isn’t any secret you have got to keep the ball in the fairway here because the rough will kill you,” he said.
Cobb fell behind League by two shots midway in the round, but steady play allowed him to get the lead back by the 12th hole.
“The par I made on number 16 was pretty big. I was over the green and had to scramble back to get a par on the par-3 hole,” said Cobb.
Cobb, who recently won the SCGA Super-Senior championship parred in to take a one shot win over League.
“Out here par is your friend. It was a great way for me to end my year with a win,” concluded the Upstate Senior champion.
Jimmy Wilson finished third with Joey Patterson in fourth and Freddie Dilworth in fifth place.
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