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4-Ball tourney tees off at Camden CC

Posted: April 30, 2013 2:41 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 5:00 a.m.

WEST END, N.C. -- The Carolinas Four-Ball Championship could just as easily be called the “Camden Four-Ball Championship” or the “Camden Two-Man Invitational.”
 That’s because the popular, prestigious Carolinas Golf Association event --- which opens today and continues through Sunday’s championship match --- has already been played at historic Camden Country Club more than 50 times.
 The first Carolinas Four-Ball was played at Camden Country Club in 1950.Since then, it has been played elsewhere only five times.
Camden Country Club is almost the perfect layout for this four-ball match play event. Short in length, but exceedingly demanding, the 6,455-yard, par-70 Camden layout is one of the most demanding in the Carolinas. Chartered in 1899 as a place for golf, polo and “other athletic sports” and established in 1903, the golf course was redesigned in the late 1920s by renowned golf course designer/architect Donald Ross.  Another recent redesign took place this past winter under the director of Kris Spence.  Spence has created new and larger greens, more length, reshaped bunkering, and additional vegetation and sandy areas.
 The Camden CC also hosted the Carolinas Amateur in 1985, the Carolinas Pro-Amateur in 2003, the Carolinas Senior Amateur in 2005, the South Carolinas Amateur Match Play in 2006 and the Carolinas Junior Match Play in 2010. 
The championship begins today with the first round of a 36-hole qualifier. After the second round of four-ball stroke play qualifying on Thursday, the field will be cut to the low 32 teams for match play. After four rounds of match play over the next two days, the scheduled 18-hole championship match will be played on Sunday.
 Last year’s winners Matt Crenshaw and Blair Bowland, both of Burlington, N.C., are expected to return this year and will be the top seed for match play. They posted a 2 & 1 victory over Paul Tucker of Waxhaw, N.C. and Brent Roof of Columbia, in the 18-hole championship match. Tucker and Roof are also entered this year.
Local ties: Teams with local connections and their Wednesday tee times are as follows:
8 a.m. 10th tee (Jerry Price and Tommy Hurst, Camden); 8:30 a.m. 1st tee (Brian Hoile Jr., Elgin, and Rich Houghton, Columbia); 8:40 a.m. 10th tee (Earl Cobb, Camden, and Wes Newell, Greenwood); 8:50 a.m. 10th tee (Wade Culler, Lugoff, and Chris Culler, Camden); 9:20 a.m. 1st tee (Kyle Eckenroth, Camden, and Morgan Watt, Mayesville, N.C.); 12:50 p.m. 1st tee (Ryan Reynolds and Will Hicks, Camden); 1:40 p.m. 10th tee (Chris Campbell, Camden, and Cary Phillips, Kershaw)
To view the pairings and starting times, pleasclick on to the following Website: http://www.ghintpp.com/carolinasgolf/TPPOnlineScoring/Pairings.aspx?ID=331

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