Crawford Reeves and Taylor Allen got hot, and made it stand up in the cold.
Reeves and Allen fired a 10-under par 62 in Saturday’s opening round of the Chanticleer Invitational, and followed it up with a Sunday round of 67 for a 15-under par two-day total and a two-stroke win in the four-ball event.
The team of Matthew Kilgo and Olof Bengtsson had matched the winners opening round of 62, but could only bring a 3-under par 69 home in the final round.
The two rounds of 62 turned in by the first round co-leaders may have a place in the Chanticleer Invitational record book.
Greenville Country Club assistant pro Jarrod McWatters said he couldn’t remember a lower round.
“I don’t know that we’ve seen anybody post 10-under in a single round,” he said. “That’s some of the lowest scoring we’ve ever seen in the tournament. We got some rain over the last couple of days, so the greens were receptive. If you give that to players of this caliber, they’re going to take advantage. This has turned into one of the better mid-am tournaments in the state, and if you give those guys soft conditions they’re going to make a bunch of birdies, and that’s what they did.
What kept them in the lead, though, was their performance on the Par-5s. The team played those eight holes in 9-under par, including kick-in eagles at No 7 both days – one by each player.
“Yesterday, the wind was completely different, so it was a different hole,” said Allen, who made eagle at 7 for the pair on Saturday. “It was driver, 5-iron. We were about 200 out. Today, the wind was a lot different.””I hit a hybrid to about two and a half feet today, where he hit a five iron to about two and a half feet yesterday,” Reeves said. “Those were easy chances.”
Reeves and Allen stuck to a strategy, and it paid off for them in the win.
“Taylor hit first all weekend,” Reeves said. “He’s a great driver of the ball. We both drive it pretty well, and when he had one out there in play it took a little pressure off. We both showed up when we needed to show up, and happened to roll in a couple of putts. We hit a rough spot today, but kind of righted the ship there at the end.”
The pair said they enjoyed the chance to compete.
“This was fun to get out and play,” Allen said. “Fortunately we were able to put together two good days in a row.”
The Chanticleer’s spot on the calendar means amateur golf is winding down for the year. Several times over the years the tournament winner has earned important state ranking points. On at least two occasions a win at Chanticleer made the difference in the Player of the Year race for the SCGA.
“This is one of those that plays into SCGA Player of the Year,” he said. “We’re happy with where the tournament is in the season, and that it’s a nice little send-off to the end of the year for these guys.”
McWatters said he’s pleased the tournament could serve as a sort of finale.
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