When you take a minute to think about it, tournaments at Boscobel in Pendleton bookend the fun golf tournament season in the upstate.
There are no state titles on the line or ranking points given towards a player of the year award.
Instead, The Frostbite 3-man tournament in February gets golfers back on the course after a break for the holidays and the usual crummy weather early in the year.
In August, The Budweiser Classic is the last chance to win a tournament, flight or skin before football season gets started and the free beer at the tournament makes any score palatable.
This year’s Frostbite had a big field for the three-man team, captain’s choice tournament. Fortunately the weather conditions were substantially better than the name of the tournament.
The team of Blake Williamson, Duff Wagner and Crawford Reeves set the pace shooting a first round 54 to lead the field by 3-shots.
“We had a good formula in the first round,” said Williamson. “Crawford drove it just about to Pendleton and we only had to use our wedges,” he joked.
The 18-under par round gave the leaders a 3-shot advantage over two teams going into the final round.
While Williamson, Reeves and Wagner were not as sharp as they were in the first round, their final round score of 57 maintained their three shot lead and turned it into the winning margin.
“We didn’t play as well,” said Reeves. “We had a bogey today, but we brother-in-lawed it around pretty good when we needed it,” he said.
Williamson and Wagner had played in the event several times with their usual third member, CGA Senior champion Todd Hendley rounding out the team.
This year Hendley missed The Frostbite to play in a national invitational tournament and Reeves, a former Clemson golfer, filled out the three man team.
“We wished Todd well in his tournament, but we were happy to have Crawford with us and the extra 30-yards he gave us off the tee,” laughed Wagner.
The winners two-day total of 111 was a new tournament record.
The team of Josh Branyon, Whitt Jefferson and Yancy Johnson finished with identical rounds of 57 each day to claim second.
Brandon Truesdale, Weston Bell and Walt Todd shot a second round 59 to finish in third place while the team of Carlton Cisson, K. Harrill and C Johnson finished fourth in the Championship Flight.
Other Flight winners included: First Flight – (117) – Jon Hines, Peter Mathiason, Ron Clontz, Second Flight – (119) – Jared Crane, Matt Mead, Mathew Hopper, Third Flight – (123) – Jared Matthews, John Lafiter, Tim Simims, Fourth Flight – (128) – Derrick Hart, Sloan Hart, Lance Rhodes. Low Net – (132) – Gregory S. Addis, Chuck Cortez, Chip Lewis.