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Tucker and Roof win 4-Ball title

Posted: May 7, 2013 3:36 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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CGA 4-BALL CHAMPIONS Paul Tucker (left) and Brent Roof display their trophies after winning Sunday’s championship match at the Camden Country Club.

Paul Tucker, of Waxhaw, N.C., rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the 62nd Carolinas Four-Ball Championship at the Camden Country Club over Brian Westveer of Charlotte and Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C.
The win for Tucker, a former member of the golf team at Duke University, and Brent Roof of Columbia, a former USC standout, avenged last year’s loss in the championship match.
Tucker and Roof, childhood friends since the age of 10 via junior golf, fought many different opponents in the today’s championship match. Not only did they have to face two great players in Westveer and Harvey, they had to fight tough rainy, windy and unseasonable cold temperatures at Camden Country Club. Also Tucker-Roof never led the match and Westveer and Harvey could only gain a 1 up advantage twice in the match.
“We learned a lot from last year’s tournament and basically, it stinks to lose,” Tucker said. “You have to stay patient at Camden Country Club. You just cannot force birdies around here. We got a little better each round after posting a 38 on our opening nine holes in qualifying on Wednesday”.
 The victory is the third CGA title for Tucker (2009 NC Mid-Amateur, 2011 Carolinas Mid-Amateur) and the first for Roof.
Roof noted that, “The golf course is fantastic after the recent renovations. The membership at Camden Country Club should be proud of what they have done to the course”.
The five-day event over the par-70 Camden CC layout began last Wednesday with the first of two rounds of qualifying.
After 36 holes, Camden’s Kyle Eckenroth and his playing partner, Morgan Watt of Mayesville, were the event medalists after having fired a second round 65 for a nine-under 131 total to take medalist honors.
Eckenroth, a member of the Camden CC, and Watt shot an opening round 66.
The pair won their first match in the round of 32, 3 and 2, before advancing into the quarterfinals with a 1 up victory. They lost their third match, 5 and 4.
Two other teams with local ties played their way into match player as Camden’s Chris Campbell and playing partner, Cary Phillips of Kershaw, shot a 70-669--139 (-1) to tie for 23rd with the Camden duo of Jerry Price and Tommy Hurst, who shot 67-72--139. Both tandems lost in the round of 32.
Just missing the cut were Camden’s Ryan Reynolds and Will Hicks with a 68-75--143 (+3); Wade Culler, of Lugoff, and his brother Christopher Culler Sr., of Camden, with a 72-72--144 (+4) and Camden’s Earl Cobb and his playing partner Wes Newell, of Greenwood, who went 72-73--145 (+5).

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