Between Green Jackets and Plaid…The 51st Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship. 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-country 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 rounds:
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.