Thomas Todd and Josh Branyon did not play very well to start each round of the Chanticleer National Two-Man Invitational, but they made up for it at the finish.
The two teamed up to finish at 12-under par to win the tournament at the Greenville Country Club.
“You kind of know that it usually takes about 10-under par to win this tournament and we were not even close to where we needed to be late in the first round,” said Todd.
Branyon and Todd had made only two-birdies on their first 14 holes before catching fire and posting a strong finish.
“We went four-under on the last four holes and that made us feel better about the round,” said Branyon. “It got us into the lead after the first day, but there were a bunch of groups right behind us,” he said.
The second day the partners had a more troublesome start than they did in the first round. Branyon and Todd were 2-over par after two holes and lost their lead.
“The club used the Golf Genius phone app for scoring so we knew what was going on and what we had to do to get back in the lead,” said Todd.
A bogey on the sixth hole was the low point in the final round, but it also was the wake up call the two golfers needed to get their games back on track.
“After the bogey we knew we had to play better if we were going to have a chance,” said Todd.
Jordan Sease and Kyle Bearden had gotten in front of the first round leaders during the front nine and by the turn the team of Garland Ferrell and Matt Hayes had also pulled even.
On their way to the top of the leader board again another team pulled into a tie for the lead.
The team of Skip Corneliussen and Jimmy Eggers eagled the 17th hole and finished at 9-under par to take the clubhouse lead.
Todd and Branyon carded birdies on number 14 and 15 to retake the lead.
They finished off their round with birdies on number 17 and 18. The two golfers shot their second straight round of 6-under par 66 to claim a three shot victory.
“It is always great to win and especially here. The course was in great condition and the people who run the tournament at the club do a tremendous job. It really was a very special weekend,” added Todd.
Ferrell and Hayes shot a second round 5-under 67 to tie with Corneliussen and Eggers for second place at 135.
Bearden and Sease tied with Tim Driver and Austin Moore for fourth place in the field that included 52 teams.
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