The Frostbite tournament is played regardless of the weather. Some year’s the tournament, which is always held in February, gets lucky and the weather allows golfers to enjoy a break from the winter.
This year a cool and rainy Saturday was followed by perfect conditions on Sunday for the 47 teams of three golfers challenging the Boscobel course in the event.
The team of Justin Howell, Cory Taylor and Blake Kennedy needed an extra hole to win the title over the team of Walt Todd, Bradley Coffman and Weston Bell.
The three-man winning team claimed the victory was a total team effort, “We each had to make some big shots when we needed them to even have a chance to be in the playoff,” said Howell.
Kennedy, Taylor and Howell trailed first round leaders Todd, Coffman and Bell by two shots going into the final round.
Taylor pulled his team even with the leaders when he eagled the fifth hole with a driver and eight iron.
“We didn’t get off to a quick start and that eagle didn’t win it for us, but it kept us right in there for the rest of the round, “said Taylor.
On the final hole Kennedy needed to sink his chip shot to put his team into the playoff.
“We played well, but we needed that last chip or we would have ended up second,” said Kennedy.
In the Frostbite tournament the ninth hole at Boscobel always seems to play a part in deciding who is the champion. Again this year the pin was placed on the high side of the green just a foot from the fringe for the tournament and it was in the same position for the playoff.
Todd was the only golfer to land his tee shot on the par-4 green in the playoff and seemed to give his team an advantage in the captains choice format.
Howell put his team in position to chip up to the hole with his drive on the playoff hole. “These guys didn’t need my drive once in 36 holes, but I finally got one to count and we used it on the playoff,” he said.
Howell was playing in his first golf tournament since having labrum surgery five months ago.
All three golfers hit their pitch shots to within six feet of the pin for a possible birdie, while Todd, Kaufman and Bell needed to make a 45 foot uphill putt for an eagle.
None of the three golfers were able to get the ball to the hole. In fact, all three’s approach putt ended up outside Kennedy’s chip.
None of the three were able to make the twisting 8 footer, but Howell was able to drain the six footer for the win.
“I know a lot of golfers talk about team work to win these kind of tournaments, but it really was that way for us,” said Howell.
Flight winners included – First Flight – Levi Moody, Tyler Burdine, Trent Gentry, Second Flight – Max Fain, Todd Whitehead, Richard Burgess, Third Flight – Chrissie Spidell, nancy Holcomb, Pam Prescott.
Categories: Upstate Amateur Golf