Most golfers, at any level, will tell you an alternate shot competition tests a golfer’s skill, patience and often friendships as the format adds stress to every shot.
Even when it is modified to allow golfers to restart alternating on each hole, it isn’t easy.
At the Cobb’s Glenn Two-Man Championship golfers played 36 holes using a different format on each nine holes.
The first round opening nine was a best ball competition followed by 9-holes using the Texas 2-man format.
The second round started using the modified alternate shot for 9 holes and then finishing up the 36 hole event with 9 holes playing best ball.
The team of Mike Hartin and Randy Cisson mastered the first day formats carding a 9-under par 63 to take a two shot lead into the final round.
Dan Constantino and Nelson Dickson trailed the leaders by a shot, but instead of struggling in the second round alternate shot format, the two golfers thrived after avoiding disaster on their first hole.
Constantino hit his tee shot into a bunker and left Dickson with a difficult lie near the lip of the trap. Dickson was able to get it on the green and Constantino rolled a 40 foot putt to within a foot to save par for the team.
“The first hole was the only time we both were not in play,” said Constantino. “We left each other in pretty good position all day,” he said.
The duo went 5-under on the 9-alternate shot holes before shaving two more shots off par to finish with a 65, the clubhouse lead and eventually the win.
“We’ve played in a bunch of these kind of tournaments so we know each others game pretty well,” said Dickson. “Today I had a hot putter and Dan was hitting his irons well so we alternated like that and posted a really good score,” he said.
Constantino and Dickson used that rotation to birdie three holes in a row and take the lead before changing to the best ball format for the final 9-holes.
Besides playing the alternate shot competition, the two golfers alternated success on the greens from one round to another.
“I got a new putter and I made a lot of putts in the first round, but in the second round Nelson had the hot putter,” said Constantino.
The team of Arron Setro and Daniel Brasington made 4-birdies in the alternate shot format nine and moved up to second place with a second round 64.
Constantino and Dickson finished with a 129 total to claim the win by 3 shots over Setro and Brasington.
Cisson and Hartin finished their second round at 1-under par and fell back to third place. Blake Williamson and Marty White finished fourth at 135, while Mike Teasley and Turtle Hiott finished at 136 for fifth place.
Flight winners included: First Flight – Yancey Johnson and Whitt Jefferson, Second Flight – Wade May and Jason Richardson.
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