Upstate Amateur Golf

Home course advantage for Macolly and Brasington

Daniel Brasington and Tyler Macolly teamed up to shot a final round 60 to win the Fall Team Championship at Three Pines Country Club. (GolfClub Photo)

Playing a tournament on your home course should give the club members an advantage.

Three Pines Country Club members Tyler Macolly and Daniel Brasington used their local knowledge to shoot rounds of 63 and 60 to win the Fall Team Challenge at their home course.

“Local knowledge does make a big difference,” said Brasington. “We know every blade of  grass out here,” joked Macolly.

At times during the 36 hole championship it looked like Macolly could have made the comment seriously.

The two club members playing together in a tournament with this format for the first time seemed to each be responsible for their outstanding score each day.

On Saturday, Brasington led the way while on Sunday it was Macolly’s turn to put a bunch of birdies on the teams’ scorecard.

North Greenville University golfers Evans Lewis and Miller Harbin were tied for the lead after the first round. (GolfClub Photo)

In the first round North Greenville University golfers Evans Lewis and Miller Harbin matched the home course golfers with a 9-under par 63 to open the tournament.

The two leading groups had a three shot margin over the rest of the field.

Barrett Josey and Trey Howard broke out of the 3-way tie for third with a second round 10-under par 62.

The two high school golfers finished with a 2-day total of 128 for third place in the field of 53 teams.

In the first round Macolly and Brasington were pretty close to perfect. They carded one bogey, but with Brasington leading the way he put eight birdies on the teams scorecard.

“We kind of made birdies in bunches. It was mostly Daniel who played great in the first round, “said Macolly.

The Woodruff High School golfer had two streaks of 3-birdies in a row to help the team finish the first round at 9-under par.

High School golfers Barrett Josey and Trey Howard shot a final round 10-under par 62 to finish third. (GolfClub Photo)

Lewis and Harbin matched the leaders score, but in the second round their putters were not as accurate.

“If they made the putts they had some good chances at, it might have ended up in a tie,” said Macolly.

While Brasington made 8-birdies in the first round Macolly matched him with the same number in the final round.

“I got things started off right with a chip-in for one birdie and we only had one bogey again,” said the former Spartanburg County Amateur champion.

Macolly’s stretch of 5-birdies in a row starting on number 11 gave the two a working margin to claim the victory.

“We did a good job of brother-in-lawing each other. We both played pretty well because on a lot of holes we were able to both make birdies,” said Brasington.

The winner’s 2-day total of 123 was 4-shots better than Lewis and Harbin who finished in second place.

Complete scores available http://upstategolfclub.com/UpstateFallTeamTeeTimes.html

The teams of Jordan Compton and Stan Sill tied with Hunter Parks and Peyton Whitlock for fourth place. Both teams finished at 132 for the tournament.

JP Ferguson and Cory Taylor tied with Matthew Hopper and Walt Todd for sixth place.

Sam Gravley and Walker Redmon tied with Steven Reid and Bradley Tedstone for eighth place, while Yancey Johnson and Kevin Roberts rounded out the top 10.

Flight winners included, First Flight – Austin Duncan and Alex Parker. Second Flight – Gregg Howard and Rocky Howard. Third Flight – Al Pierce and Rick Oyervides.

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