Upstate Amateur Golf

Brock and Greene ring the Bel

Drew Greene (left) and Westin Brock teamed up to win the Texas Two-Man at Boscobel. (GolfClub Photo)

By Jed Blackwell Associate Editor/Publisher The Golf Club

Westin Brock and Drew Greene did pretty well for their first time playing as a two-man team at Boscobel.

The former Spartanburg Methodist golfers teamed up to win the club’s Texas Two-Man tournament, firing a two-day total of 129, edging a three-way tie for second by one stroke in the event.

“We kind of just played off of each other,” Brock said of the team’s performance. “If one of us hit a bad shot, the other would step up or hit it close or make a putt or do something.”

The two scorched the front nine on Saturday with a score of 28 before stalling out a bit on the back, settling for a first-round 63. That left them in a three-team logjam in second, three shots back of leaders David Ellington and James Scott.

“Yesterday, we mainly just putted lights-out on the front nine, and then kind of stalled out on the back nine,” Brock said. “We shot eight under on the front, and then were even on the back.”

Greene said performance on the putting surface was paramount for the entire tournament.

“I think one of the keys to playing well both days was to putt well,” he said. “No matter what you did on the rest of the golf course, it was what you did on the greens. That 28 yesterday was big for momentum.”

Boscobel’s quick bentgrass greens gave some of the field fits, and were a stern test according to Director of Golf Coby Gambrell.

“This is not hyperbole,” Gambrell said. “These greens are as good as any you’ll play in the country. They are absolutely unbelievable right now.”

Brock and Greene knew they had to be aggressive on Sunday, but they had to pick their spots.

They responded by firing a 66, tied for the best score in the Championship Flight. The pair birdied the first and bogeyed the third in the final round, but an eagle on the par-5 fifth got them off and running. A birdie at No. 8 helped close out a front-side 33, and birdies at 10, 11, and 18, offset by a bogey at No. 12, gave the team a final-round 66.

“You had to be pretty conservative with your approach shots,” Greene said. “We were hitting the ball long all day, and we’d have numbers like 68 (yards) and 63 one time, and having to stop that on a target that’s five yards wide is pretty tough. It’s a grind, but we hit some pretty good approach shots.”

The two were great off the tee as well, including a couple of drives of more than 340 yards.

“He hits it pretty good off the tee,” Brock said of Greene. “He’s pretty straight. And if I get a hold of it, I can hit it pretty far. He’d hit one down the fairway and I could just go bombs away on it. We kind of went back and forth all day.”

The pair didn’t have a ton of local knowledge to help them along the way. Brock worked at Boscobel for a summer, but Greene was playing what he estimated to be his fourth round at the course.

They’re sure planning on coming back, though.

“We’re growing more fond of this place by the minute,” Greene said with a laugh.

“I think we’ll be back next year,” Brock said.

David Emkin and Mookie Wilson took second place overall in a scorecard playoff over Whit Jefferson and Walter Todd, Jr. 

Danny Day and Josh Williams won the second flight in a scorecard playoff over the teams of Jonathan Pruitt and Drake Foster and Blake Blizzard and Brandon Worley. All three shot scores of 130.

There was another three-way tie in the third flight, with Chip Foust and D.J. Foust taking the win over Rob and Ryan Homer and Scott Wilson and Phil Hewlett.

Chris Miller and Mike Lawrence won the fourth flight, with Josh Roh and Kyle Evatt taking the fifth flight. Keith Wicker and Casey Roinson were the sixth flight winners.

Gambrell said he was happy with a full field and a strong tournament, one that serves as something of a kickoff to the local club season.

“We’re kind of playing off of The Masters, and everybody’s still kind of jazzed up about playing golf and getting into the Spring of the year. Everybody’s loving it right now and kind of wanting to be a part of it. We were full about a month and a half ago. We put it out at the Frostbite, and we filled up within a week.”

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