Joey Herbert and Mike Lawrence teamed up to win the Carolinas PGA Senior Pro-Pro championship played at three courses in Pinehurst.
The team of Upstate pros survived a four hole playoff to win the title.
Just making it into a playoff was quite an accomplishment for the two. Herbert and Lawrence started the final round, in second place, five shots off the leader.
The team of Ed Sabo and Don Padget had the lead while Karl Kimbrell and Ron Schmid were tied with Lawrence and Herbert.
The leaders held a one shot lead going into the final two holes, but a bogey on number 17 dropped them back into a tie at 198 for 54 holes.
Kimbrell and Schmid shot a final round score of 60 as did Lawrence and Herbert to force the three-way playoff.
The 54 hole tournament was divided into three formats. Golfers played alternate shot, best ball and captain’s choice in the tournament, but in the playoff it was better ball.
Herbert and Lawrence parred the first hole to continue the playoff. Schmid and Kimbell also parred the hole to stay in the playoff while Sabo and Padgett were eliminated with a bogey.
Herbert and Lawrence each saved their team with great play from around the green on the next two playoff holes.
Lawrence saved par with a chip shot that got close enough for a six footer on the second playoff hole.
Herbert was able to do just about the same thing on the third playoff hole and then hit the shot that won the tournament on the fourth playoff hole.
The PGA Life-Member from Boscobel Golf Club hit his approach shot within 4 feet. Schmid and Kimbell also had birdie chances, but where not able to convert.
Herbert nailed the four footer to win the title.
The victory was the second championship in the event for the two golfers.
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