Between Green Jackets and Plaid…The 51st Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship
BEAUFORT, SC (April 15, 2019) – The Masters is completed and the Heritage is just warming up…what will golf enthusiasts do this week?
Dataw Island is hosting the Carolinas Golf Association’s 51st Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship on Tom Fazio’s Cotton Dike course. Half the field took teed off this this morning and the other half plays this afternoon. After round two tomorrow, the field will be cut to 30 plus ties.
Four Dataw Island members are competing, as well as a number of players from Hilton Head, Okatie, and throughout both North and South Carolina. Representing Dataw Island are Steve Dietz, Jim Dufresne, Doug McGowan, and Jim Wertz. They played this morning and will play again tomorrow afternoon. Other in-county competitors are: from Hilton Head, Kevin Arnold, Marcus Byler, Mark Carey, Robert Fulton, Steve Murphy, and David Politi; from Okatie, JR Evans, Chris Morris, Michael Teem, and Joseph Roller.
Be sure to come out and support them and the other talented competitors!
Schedule of events:
Monday, April 15
Round 1 - Tee times off #1 and #10 tees (8:00AM/12:30PM)
Tuesday, April 16
Round 2 - Tee times off #1 and #10 tees (8:00AM/12:30PM)
Cut to low 30 teams and ties
Wednesday, April 17
Round 3 - Tee times off #1 and #10 (8:00AM)
Awards ceremony following play at scoreboard
Sides to watch:
• Defending Champions Stan Sill of Spartanburg, S.C. and Mike Gravley of Greer, S.C. came from behind last year to claim the title be three shots over their nearest competitors. The win marked the first CGA title for both competitors. They'll look to add to that total when they defend the title this year at Dataw Island Club's Cotton Dike course.
• The back-to-back championship team of James Pearson of Charlotte, N.C. and Jim Grainger of Charlotte, N.C. are teaming back up to reclaim the magic they had when they won the title in 2016 and 2017. The duo did not play together in last year's championship and missed the opportunity for the three-peat. A win this year would spell redemption for the two-time Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Champs.
• Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C. and Don Detweiler of Raleigh, N.C. come in hot off a win at the N.C. Super Senior Four-Ball Championship in March. Simson and Detweiler are three-time winners of this event (2008, 2010, 2012).
• Kelly Stimart of Charlotte, N.C. and Johnny Elam of Charlotte, N.C. won their first CGA Senior Four-Ball Championship as a team last year at the 18th N.C. Senior Four-Ball Championship at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, N.C. The duo has plenty of firepower to take down this tougher field that includes the best senior four-ball teams in both North and South Carolina.
• Four-time CGA champion Walter Todd, Sr. of Laurens, S.C. and two-time South Carolina Senior Champion Todd Hendley of Columbus, N.C. finished in eighth place in this event last year. Hendley is the reigning Carolinas Senior Amateur Champion.
• Macon Moye of Pinehurst, N.C., a four-time CGA champion, and Frank Golden of Charlotte, N.C. finished tied for fourth in this event last year. Moye is the reigning N.C. Senior Amateur Champion.
Event: 51st Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship
Playing Dates: April 15-17, 2019
Host Site: Dataw Island Club (Cotton Dike), Dataw Island, S.C. 6590 yards; par 72
Format: The championship format is 54 holes of four-ball stroke play. Gross scores only. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 30 scores and ties. A tie for the overall championship is decided by an on-course playoff.
Eligibility: Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by April 15, 2019 and is either:
a. Legal Resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club, or
b. Non-Resident who is a member of a Type I (Green Grass) CGA member club, has an active GHIN USGA handicap Index issued by a Type I (Green Grass) CGA member club, and owns a residence in North Carolina or South Carolina. Note: Non-residents must use their Carolinas residence address when registering for this championship.
About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)
The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.
The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas GolfMagazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.
About Dataw Island
Dataw Island is a gated golf, tennis and boating lifestyle community located fifteen minutes outside of historic downtown Beaufort. The island features two recently-renovated golf courses by designers Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, a tennis center, a community center with workout and massage facilities, three restaurants, world class croquet lawns, bocce, kayaking, and more. The community has also been ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina by Best Retirement Destinations and is the recipient of the 2017 Bliss Award for “Happiest South Carolina Community” as well as the “2018 Club of the Year” (South Carolina Golf Association) and one of four private clubs named by USTA as an “Outstanding Tennis Facility.”