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CGA 4-Ball

Campbell, Phillips see tourney run come to an end in semifinals

Posted: May 8, 2012 12:56 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.

They grew up playing golf together in Burlington, N.C., and now 30-year-old Matt Crenshaw, a car salesman and 28-year-old Blair Bowland, a restaurant manager, are the 2012 Carolinas Golf Association’s 61st annual Four-Ball Championship.
The five-day event was played for the 56th time at the Camden Country Club.
Their 2 & 1 victory over Paul Tucker and Brent Roof is their first CGA win. Matt played professional golf from 2005 to 2009 and regained his amateur status in 2011.
“Golf is fun again, especially this format on this course” said Crenshaw. Bowland echoed his sentiments and said he is really looking forward to next year’s tournament.
The teams played equally well but the difference was missed opportunities by Tucker and Roof. They did not capitalize on four birdie putts from under 10 feet on the back nine. The front side ended all square as each team carded two birds against no bogies. Crenshaw then birdied four of the next five holes to give his team a 2-up lead. The turning point in the match was a 12-footer for birdie on the 13th hole by Crenshaw and a miss from eight feet by Tucker.
Campbell, Phillips advance to final four: The duo of Camden’s Chris Campbell and Cary Phillips of Kershaw played their way into the final pair of twosomes in the Four-Ball Championships before falling to Roof and Tucker, 3 & 2, in Saturday afternoon’s semifinals.
Campbell and Phillips were one of 11 teams tied for 17th place after Wednesday and Thursday’s 36-hole qualifier as they went 70-66 for a 4-under par 136.
On Friday morning, in the first round of the 32-team match play portion of the championship, they needed 21 holes to advance past the Blythewood duo of Eddie Hargett and White Suber. Friday afternoon, they used a 2 & 1 victory over Time Myers and Wes Woody of Durham, N.C. to punch their ticket into the final eight pairings. Saturday morning, Campbell and Phillips earned a berth in the that afternoon’s semifinals with another 2 & 1 win over Travis Cashion of Columbia and Luke McClellan from West Columbia.
Four teams with Kershaw County ties qualified for match play.
The Camden duo of Ryan Reynolds and Will Hicks tied for the 28th and final slot in match play after going 69-68 for a 3-under par 137 in stroke play qualifying. One of the youngest pairings in the field of 81 fell in the first round of 32 as they came up short in a 3 & 2 loss to 2011 Four-Ball champions Patrick Brady (Reidsville, N.C.) and Scott Harvey (Greensboro, N.C.)
Camden’s Brad Anderson and playing partner Renny Budding of Manning tied for 17th with a 69-67 4-under par 136. They lost in the round of 32 to Chris Cassetta (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Brian Westveer (Charlotte) 4 & 2.
Camden’s Kyle Eckenroth and Camden native John Asay (Columbia) also were 4-under par after qualifying with a pair of 68s to give them a 136 total which was good for a tie for 17th. The former Camden High teammates lost in their stroke play opener to Cashion and McClellan, 3 & 2.
Other local teams which did not qualify for stroke play included Elgin’s Brian Hoile and Columbia’s Rich Haughton ( 70-68—138),Chris Culler and Thomas Culler of Camden (70-70—140),  Wade Culler of Lugoff and Cameron Greenway of Camden (71-70—141) and Earl Cobb of Camden and Doug Hayden of Columbia (78-71—149).

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