t was deja vu all over again for Charlie Hoyle. The former Lander University golfer won the GGO in 2010 in a playoff and he won his second championship at Greer exactly the same way.
Hoyle and Derrick Oyervides finished the 36 hole tournament tied at 140 to force a playoff that Hoyle was able to win on the third extra hole. just as he had done before.
“It is kind of amazing how similar this was to when I won,” Hoyle said. “The only difference was on the length of the putt on the third playoff hole,” he added.
Hoyle wasn’t the only one experience some deja vu. Oyervides had been in a couple of playoffs for the GGO title only to fall short. In each case a pair of bogeys on the 17th and 18th hole dropped him into a playoff just as it did this year.
“It happened again, if I could make one par on either of those holes I would not have been in a playoff this year or before,” said Oyervides.
Hoyle led the tournament after the first round shooting a 5-under par 67 gave him a one shot lead over Oyervides and two shots over Robbie Biershenk.
After a good start a missed short putt opened the door for the field to catch up to the leader. Another Hoyle bogey on the 15th hole allowed Oyervides to take over the lead. However, just as in past year’s the bogey-bogey finish forced a playoff.
On the first playoff hole Hoyle hit his second shot within three feet of the pin while Oyervides as 20 yards off the green.
“When I got to the green I thought I had it won. I could make that short putt and be done,” said Hoyle.
Instead of a win Hoyle was forced to convert the short putt to stay in the playoff after Oyervides hit a perfect pitch that hit the pin and fell in the hole.
“I should not have been surprised because Derick is such a good player,” said Hoyle.
Both golfers player the second hole even before going back to playing number 1 at Greer for a second time in the playoff.
This time his second shot ended up 20 feet from the pin. Oyervides was away and missed his birdie chance.
“When I lined up my putt I saw an old hole on my line. I put the ball just on the outside of the mark and had the right speed and it went in,” he said.
The GGO was the first tournament Hoyle played with his newly restored USGA Amateur standing. After finishing at Lander he returned to the United Kingdom and played professional for a year and a half.
“This was nice to get a win the first time out with my amateur status, but it was also important because we have lost my wife’s grand mother recently and my grand mother a few months ago and in a way it was nice to get a win in their memory,” said Hoyle.
Doug Ramey and Sam Merrell finished in a tie for third place while Garland Ferrell was alone in fifth place.
Flight winners included, First Flight – Greg Moore, Second Flight – Adam Black, Third Flight – Wade Hyder.
Marty Henson won the Senior Championship. Henson shot rounds of 69 and 72 for a 141 total and a seven shot victory over Roger Paige. Joe Hammacher won the Senior Division First Flight.