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Shooting the lights out at the Upstate Two-Man

Robbie Biershenk and Trent Phillips teamed up to shoot a two-day total of 114 to win the Upstate Two-Man championship at Legacy Pines. (GolfClub photo)

Robbie Biershenk has very often been the golfer to beat in local Upstate tournaments.

It usually didn’t matter if he had a great partner or a good partner, he was almost always just as tough in two-man events.

Now give Biershenk a partner who just made First Team All-American and was on the watch lists for college player of the year and everyone else was playing for second.

Trent Phillips, the Georgia All-American from Boiling Springs teamed up with Biershenk for the Upstate Two-Man Championship.

The two shot rounds of 58 and 56 for a 114, 26 under par total and a six shot win in the annual championship played this year at Legacy Pines Golf Club.

“Usually in these kind of tournaments I have to play pretty good and pick up my partner,” said Biershenk. “The last two days the only thing I had to do was clap for Trent,” he said.

Phillips like many top players has not had any tournaments to play because of the pandemic lock down.

“Robbie asked me to play and I know it is always fun to play golf with him,” said Phillips. “I didn’t play that great the first day, but we hung in there and had a good second round,” he said.

The winning team finished in front of two-time Greenville County champion Chris Eassy and Zach Thrasher who shot identical rounds of 60 each day. Ordinarily a 120 score is good enough to win the event.

Three teams tied for third two-shots behind the runner-ups.

Nelson Dickson and Calahan Keever, Russ Gillig and Nick Williams, Miller Harbin and Walker Redmon all tied for third at 122.

The Upstate championship was presented by the Greenville County Golf Association. The annual tournament was the first of the major Upstate events to be played since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The always popular event had a full field of 62 teams. The majority of golfers kind of observed social distancing breaking into small groups around the scoreboard after the tournament.

The Legacy Pines staff and course hosted the event just 10 days after their clubhouse was destroyed by fire.

Chances are Phillips will not be showing up at many other local events for the rest of the summer.

He has entered several high level national amateur events now that restrictions caused by the pandemic have been loosened.

“I’m going to play in the Sunnehanna, Southern and Western Ams and the US Amateur and if I do well enough I hope to make the US Open,” Phillips said.

Chances are the win in the Upstate event will not increase his World ranking, but the All-American had fun playing for something.

Upstate Two-Man Flight Winners – First Flight – Zach Bishop & Wes Reeves, Second Flight – Blake Blizard & Jim Morgan, Third Flight – Chandler McDonald & Wes Newell.

Complete tournament scores at http://www.upstategolfclub.com

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