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CGA 4-Ball tees off today at Camden CC

Posted: May 6, 2014 1:54 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

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 has already been played at historic Camden Country Club more than 50 times.
The first Carolinas Four-Ball was played at Camden CC in 1950, with Benny Goodes of Reidsville, N.C., and Posey Isley of Leaksville, N.C., winning the title. Since then, it has been played elsewhere only five times -- in 1952 when it was conducted at Wilson (N.C.) Country Club, in 1953 at the CC of Spartanburg, SC, in 1968 and 1985 at Red Fox CC in Tryon, N.C., and in 2000 at Florence Country Club.
The 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 two winters ago under the director of Kris Spence.  Spence has created new and larger greens, more length, reshaped bunkering, and additional vegetation and sandy areas.
 The 2014 championship begins today with the first round of a 36-hole qualifier. After the second round of four-ball stroke play qualifying on Friday, the field is cut to the low 32 teams for match play. The first two rounds of match play will commence on Saturday. After four rounds of match play over two days, the scheduled 18-hole championship match will be played on Sunday.
Last year’s winners Paul Tucker, Waxhaw, N.C. and Brent Roof, Columbia, are returning this year and will be the top seed for match play.
Several teams with local connections will be part of the event. Camden’s Chris Campbell and Kyle Eckenroth will tee off from the first hole at 8 a.m. on Wednesday while Ryan Reynolds of Camden and Brandon Cemprola of Lugoff tee off at 8:11 from the first tee.
Camden’s Will Hicks and Lugoff’s Bobby Few will begin play at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday from the 10th tee box while Tommy Hurst from Camden and playing partner John Ferguson from Travelers Rest tee off at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday from the 10th tee.

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