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Live golf is back, kind of

If you couldn’t wait for the two made for TV golf events scheduled in the coming weeks you could have tuned in on Facebook or Instagram and see the South Carolina Golf Association’s “Battle at the Burg” last Friday.

The made for internet golf event brought together the winners of the four major SCGA championships last year.

Jordan Sease from Lexington the SCGA Mid-Am champion and Kevin King from Bluffton the SCGA Senior champion faced Tyler Gray from Elgin who won last year’s South Carolina Amateur and his partner the 2019 SCGA Junior champion Austin Scott from Daniel Island in the four-ball match played at the Orangeburg Country Club.

The staff of the SCGA took turns pointing their phones at the competition and offering commentary on the progress of the match. Cell phones, even with great cameras, can only do so much, but the staff captured the essence of the event and the commentary filled in the gaps left by the lack of a network camera crew.

From the positive reviews the SCGA’s Facebook page received it was obvious at least South Carolina golfers were anxious to see something other than old PGA events on TV.

The team of Kevin King and Jordan Sease (right) won the Battle at the Burg over Austin Scott and Tyler Gray (left)

The match tilted early to the team of Sease and King. The two veteran competitors took a big lead on the front nine and made the turn at 4 up.

Points were awarded for the front nine, back nine and overall match so even with Sease and King holding a big lead Gray and Scott had a chance to pick up a point on the back nine.

The two younger players did take a temporary lead and cut into the overall lead for Sease and King, but the veterans rallied late to sweep up all the points winning the match and both nines.

Social distancing was observed throughout the event. No handshakes or hugs were given or offered after the outcome of the match was decided.

Tournament golf in the Carolinas continues to be on hold until May 28th when the SCGA, CGA and WSCGA will again meet to decide how to proceed.

All three associations have cancelled or postponed major events during the last several months. In South Carolina both the junior boys and girls championships are scheduled to be played in June.

The lifting of the one rider per cart directive and indoor dinning restrictions may help get golf back on schedule after the end of May.

In case you missed the action last Friday here are a few highlights from the SCGA Facebook Live Feed. Most of the match is available on the SCGA Facebook page.

 

The next two weekends will feature made for TV golf.

Next Sunday Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will match up with Ricky Fowler and Matthew Wolff from the legendary Seminole Golf Club in Florida.

The event is called the TaylorMade Drive for Relief and will be a team skins game with all proceeds going to Covid-19 relief in Florida and around the country.

Golf fans certainly will be interested in the match, but they also will get to see one of the most famous golf courses in the world that has never been featured on TV.

The Donald Ross designed course in Juno Beach has never been out of the Golf Digest’s list of top 100 courses and always been among the top-20.

The match will be televised on NBC and The Golf Channel starting at 2 pm on May 17th.

There will be no spectators on the grounds. The TV announcers will provide their commentary away from the course in remote locations.

Phil Mickelson ad Tiger Woods will square off in a made for TV match with partners Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

The following Sunday on May 24th Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will renew their head to head duel with a little help.

Woods will be teamed with Peyton Manning while Mickelson will be joined by Tom Brady. The two famous NFL quarterbacks are considered to be better than average golfers.

Their skill will figure in the match because after the first nine holes are played using a best ball format the final nine hole format is modified alternate shot competition.

The match is set for the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida and will be broadcast on TNT, TBS and streamed online starting at 3 pm.

The PGA Tour returns to tournament play on June 11th at the Colonial followed by the rescheduled RBC Heritage at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island the following week.

Niether tournament will allow spectators on the grounds, but home owners around the Harbour Town course will be able to watch from their property.

 

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