You will often hear golfing teammates talk about how they “brother-in-lawed” their way around a golf course to shoot a good score.
At Mimosa Hills in the 50th Carolinas Golf Association Senior Four-Ball championship the winners “cousined it” to the victory.
Cousins Mike Gravley from Greer and Stan Sill from Spartanburg won the CGA title by three shots over two teams.
“It’s really special to win here (at Mimosa Hills), with the history of this place,” said Gravley. “Mike really played great today.” Still added.
The two Upstate golfers took the first round lead posting an 11-under par 61 in the opening round.
Gravley and Sill lost the lead in the second round to Asheville’s Pat Thompson and Keith Waters of Raleigh.
In the final round Gravely and Sill made three birdies on each nine and took the lead for good after birdies on number 13 and 14.
Gravley carded five birdies on his own, but needed some help from Sill on the final hole.
Gravley hit his approach shot on the roof of the clubhouse. Sill finished the victory off in style with a birdie of his own.
“I knew Stan had a 9-iron in his hand so I could do what I did on 18,” Gravley joked.
The winners individually hold the records for most County titles in Greenville and Spartanburg.
Sill has won six Spartanburg County Amateur titles while Gravley has won four County Amateurs in Greenville and two in Spartanburg in their younger days.
The two cousins had never played in a tournament together before, but they expect to become regulars in events like the senior four-ball.
“You can bet we are going to be playing together way more often,” concluded