Grant Sellers putter was on fire and Trevor Gerard made a couple of big par saves as the two college golfers teamed up to win the South Carolina Golf Association’s 55th annual Four-Ball championship at Musgrove Mill.
Sellers, a Francis Marion University golfer and his partner Trevor Gerard, who plays at Erskine College, defeated two-time champions Walt Todd, Jr. and Brandon Truesdale in the final match 4&3.
Gerard kept the winning team even with his scrambling play on the front nine holes.
After swapping the lead early in the match, it looked like Todd and Truesdale could gain an advantage late on the front nine, but Gerard made two crucial up and downs to keep the match even.
“On number 7 they were close and I got my ball to about four feet for the save,” said Gerard. “On nine I was able to make another good up and down with a four footer to keep us even going to the back,” he said.
While Gerard’s up and downs kept the team even, Sellers putter caught fire on the back nine.
The Francis Marion senior’s ball striking put him in great position to make four-straight birdies and take the match from even to finishing on the 15th hole.
“I lipped it out on 10 and again on 11 and then my putting went ballistic,” he said.
Sellers longest birdie was from just off the green on number 14, but all found the cup to wrap up the SCGA championship.
The winning teammates had been friends from the Hartsville Country Club and were playing together in a state four-ball tournament for the first time.
“Trevor invited me to play. This was my first time playing at Musgrove this week. I heard a lot of great things about the course and it lived up to it,” said Sellers.
The winning team finished stroke play qualifying in fourth place.
The two had three close matches before the semi-final round. Sellers and Gerard won their first two matches 1 up and their quarter final match 2 &1.
The two cruised through their semi-final match winning 7 & 6 helped by a hole-in-on by Sellers.
“It was my third hole-in-one, but the first in competition,” said Sellers about his ace on the 7th hole. “It was about 190 yards and I used a 5-iron and saw it go in. I had a good ball striking week and that got us going in the match,” he said.
Sam Jackson from West Columbia and Zach Herold from Lexington were the qualifying medalists.
The defending champions, Brent Delahoussaye and Charles Warren, both from Greenville,were eliminated in the round of 32 by the team of Dean Nance from Greenville and Doug Ramey from Greer.
Results from the 55th annual Four-Ball Championship at Musgrove Mill http://scgolf.org/2022-scga-four-ball-championship-final-results/