Upstate Amateur Golf

Biershenk, Huskey and Bishop get revenge at Boscobel

Zach Bishop and Nick Biershenk watch as Keenan Huskey lines up his birdie putt on the final hole at Boscobel’s Frostbite Open. The team won the 3-man team event by two-shots. (GolfClub Photo)

It took a year, but the team of Nick Biershenk, Keenan Huskey and Zach Bishop got their revenge at Boscobel.

Last year the team was tied for the lead at the end of regulation and was forced into a playoff.

Just when it looked like they had the chance to win in sudden death, Weston Bell pitched in from off the green for an eagle to snatch the victory away from the three.

Biershenk, Huskey and Bishop have been consumed with the tough loss and the only thing on their minds for the entire year was to come back to Boscobel and win the championship.

Cue the Rocky music.

Well, not really!

The winners, as you might expect, did not need any special therapy after the loss last year. They came back again this year because they had fun playing in the annual event.

‘We played together last year and had a good time so we decided to come back and this year we played a little better,” said Huskey.

The team shared the first round lead with Danny, Ben and Ed Day. Both teams posted an impressive first round score of 57.

Former USC golfer Keenan Huskey eagled the 11th hole in the first round to help his team into a share of the lead. (GolfClub Photo)

“We didn’t drive the ball very well on Saturday,” said Bishop. “The highlight had to be Keenan pitching in from the fairway on number 11 for an eagle,” he said.

The tournament which has traditionally signaled the early start to the competitive golf season in the Upstate used a three-golfer format.

Most years it has been a fun event with good players knocking off some of the rust from winter, playing in an tournament that went on regardless of the winter weather.

This year both days were as good as could be expected for February. The course was in great condition and the competitors commented on how good the greens were not just for this time of the year, but almost any time.

Ever since the pandemic, tournaments like the one at Boscobel have filled up fast. This year’s Frost-Bite included 168 golfers playing the two day event.

If you follow amateur and college golf in the state and the Carolinas the names on the tee sheet are very familiar and very accomplished.

There where over a dozen former college golfers, a pair of state amateur champions, three upstate county champions, three SCGA and CGA Senior champions, a couple of aspiring Tour players and a handful of golfers who own club championships in the first flight alone.

The defending SCGA Senior Champion, Stan Sill joined with Brad Sill and Hunter Parks to tie for second at the Frostbite tournament. (GolfClub Photo)

Biershenk, Huskey and Bishop never struggled to avoid a bogey and played what they considered a relatively boring round.

“We made more birdies today than on Saturday, we just played good solid golf,” said Biershenk.

The winning team posted their second straight 57 for a 114 total and a two shot victory.

“We just ham and egged it around. We always seemed to get the shot we needed when we needed it,” said Huskey.

The team of Stan Sill, Brad Sill and Hunter Parks had the low round of the tournament carding a 56, which included going 12 under on their last 11 holes.

Levi Moody’s eagle on the 9th hole lifted his team with Tyler Burdine and Trent Gentry into a tie for second place.

Some familiar names ended up in a fourth place tie. Larry Penley, Dillard Pruitt and Whitt Jefferson finished tied with Joey Herbert, Dale King and Chris Miller at a very respectable 117 for the two days.

Flight winners included: First Flight – Austin Langdale, DJ Foust, Jake Miller, Second Flight – Davis Kandel, Brady Cox and Reese Miller. Third Flight – Billy McCroskey, Heath Hammons and Bradley McCroskey, Fourth Flight – Bondo Isbell, Rick Freeze and Mike Mauldin.

Former Clemson All-American and SCGA Amateur Champion Dillard Puritt , who retired from his job as a PGA Tour rules official, played at Boscobel and helped his team finish in fourth place. (GolfClub Photo)

Congratulations to Boscobel member Tony Wilbanks for his hole in one on #7

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