When you assemble a tournament filled with highly ranked players you expect competition to be close and a tight leader board.
But, sometimes when you have a field full of highly ranked players, one of them gets on a roll and can leave every one else behind, Jack Hall did that at Chanticleer.
Hall broke out of a tie after the first two rounds to shoot a 3-under par 69 and win the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational by six-shots.
Hall, from Savannah is the eighth ranked senior in the world according to the latest WAGR standings.
After the first 36 holes he was tied with another Savannah golfer Doug Hanzel who was ranked 16th.
“I hit the ball well, my chipping was good and my putting struggles at times. I opened with a 68 and thought it should have been a couple of shots better,” Hall said.
While Hall had a good start to the final round Hanzel struggled. He bogeyed four of his first six holes before three birdies sent him to the turn at just 1-over par.
Hall made the turn at 1-under opening a two stroke lead going to the final nine holes.
“I never felt comfortable until the back nine,” said Hall. “I love Chanticleer and you have to drive the ball well here and that is what I do. I think I only missed one shot,” he said.
After the 14th hole there was little doubt the winners trophy would be going back to Savannah with Hall.
Hanzel bogeyed two of his first three holes on the back nine, but was still close enough to make a run for the lead until a double bogey on 14 and a birdie by Hall on the same hole bumped the margin between the two to six-shots.
Hall’s final round 3-under par 69 was the best final round. He finished the 54 hole event at 9-under par 207.
“You never know you are going to do that (win by 6 shots). Playing with the guys (other leaders) I knew it was going to be a pretty good score, so I’m happy,” said Hall.
Another highly ranked competitor, #20 Bob Royak from Alpharetta, GA., eagled the par-5 17th hole to slip in front of Hanzel for second place with a three day total of 213.
After Hanzel, Mike Combs from Roswell, GA. was the only other golfer to finish under par in fourth place.
The Super-Senior championship required a two hole playoff to decide the winner.
Jerry Hudgins from Tyler, TX took a one-shot lead into the final round, but on the first nine-holes a pair of Charlotte golfers took over the lead.
Johnny Elam and James Pearson took turns in the lead late in the round.
Pearson finished with a 74 and Elam carded a 75 for a 216 total to force the playoff.
The two played the first hole even, but on the Chanticleer’s Par-3 second hole Elam’s tee shot found a trap while Pearson hit the green and made a two putt par for the win.
The Legends championship was won by Neil Spitanly. The Chattanooga golfer was the only golfer in the Legends division to finish under par.
His 9-under par 204 total earned him a 12 shot victory over James Castagna from Sandy Springs, MD.
Each year the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational draws more of the top senior golfers in the country to the highly regarded event at the Greenville Country Club.
Several years go when the event was recognized in the World Amateur Golf Ranking the already popular event got a boost.
‘You look at our field this year and we have golfers who have won just about every major senior championship,” said Frank Wrenn, who founded the tournament in 2011. “We have seniors from all over the country. They love the course and enjoy Greenville,” he said.
Chanticleer National Senior Invitational Scores https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/8146509418851254069
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