Senior golfers had hoped for a great week of golf at the Seabrook Island Club, but instead they only got to play one round in windy and cold conditions on the coast.
The SCGA Senior Four-Ball championship was reduced to just 18-holes because of rain and the golfers were lucky to get that round completed with the gusty winds.
The team of Todd Webber and Mike Gravley started the round making five birdies in the first eight holes.
“When you are playing in a tournament that is only one round you have to keep par in mind,” said Webber. “You have to at least make pars, you cannot afford any bogeys,” he said.
The fast start came to a halt for Webber and Gravley when the team made bogeys on the ninth and tenth hole before parring their way into the clubhouse.
“It got so windy on a couple of holes that it actually blew the ball of line on the green,” said Gravley. “On some holes we had to aim way out of the fairway and let the wind bring the ball back,” he said.
The wind was a steady 20 miles per hour with gusts that measured up to 40 mph.
The 3-under par 69 carded by Webber and Gravley earned a place in a three-way playoff with the teams of Frank Ford, III and Jim Burgess along with the team of Stan Sill and Tim Pope.
On the first playoff hole it looked as if Webber and Gravley might have a difficult time staying in the playoff. Webber holed a 20-foot par putt to keep playing.
“We had a little bit of trouble on the hole, but Todd really came through with a big putt and then we only had one team to beat,” said Gravley.
Sill and Pope also parred the hole while Ford and Burgess were eliminated. the two remaining teams played even on the next playoff hole extending the playoff to a third hole.
Gravley sank a 10 foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win the championship for the two Upstate golfers. Sill and Pope finished second after the three hole playoff.
“The key was just keeping both of us in play. We coached each other around the course and made some good decisions in the tough conditions,” said Gravley.
Michael Teem and Joe Roller teamed up to shoot a two under par score of 70 to win the First Flight.
The Second Flight ended with a four-way tie for first place between the teams of Jim Eskew & Doug Smith, John Easterling & Steve Fuller, Bob Kinsey & Nelson Raimondo, and Marion Moore & Frank Wrenn with each team respectively having even par rounds of 72.
The field consisted of 56 two-man teams playing Best Ball format.