104 players representing ten tours (Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, East Tenn, Hilton Head-Savannah, Nashville, Orlando & Upstate SC) took to Stone Mountain GC in search of a Major Win. What they got was two extremely difficult courses that pin point shots to the fairways and greens was a must. Even though the golf course was the talk of the tournament, the players also were extremely happy about the large payouts for the tournament.
Jody Clary came into the Southern Regional on a roll and also wanted to sweep the two day majors as he had won the Icebreaker Open in January. He was half way to his goal after he fired a 72 on the Lakemont Course on Saturday. When Sunday rolled around he was ready to go. Jody shot a smooth 73 to take First Place honors. Finishing second was Wayne Woolfall of East Tennessee Tour with a total of 149. The round of the tournament was turned in by Brad Davis of the Atlanta Tour. He fired an even par round of 71 on Sunday at the Stonemont Course. Way to go, Brad.
When the dust settled on Sunday, the "A" Flight had two great players tied for the lead. Dan Wanner of Charleston and Sunny Singh of Atlanta both shot 157’s to lead the "A" Flight. They went back on the course for a Sudden Death Playoff. Sunny Singh made a 60 foot birdie putt to capture the "A" Flight title and the $500 prize winnings. Dan took home second place and the $400 winnings. Rounding out the top 3 was Rick Hopper of August with a total of 159.
We had our second playoff of the day in the "B" Flight. After the round was completed on Sunday, Tim Sumption of Charleston and Cade Slaughter of Atlanta was tied at 162. The playoff took (4) holes and Tim Sumption prevailed and become the "B" Flight Champion. Finishing in third place was Doug Hudock of Hilton Head-Savannah with a total of 164.
The "C’ flight also had a playoff but it was a three player playoff. Jerod Mullins of Atlanta, Rodney Quesenberry of Augusta and Willie Reichling of Atlanta all shot impressive 176’s. Jerod Mullins took home the first place prize while Willie Reichling finished second and Rodney was third.
Another interesting story was in the "D" Flight. 81 year old Arnold Ewing of the Upstate Tour smoked the field by firing an 88 on Saturday at Lakemont. He rode that good score to be "D" Flight Champion with a total of 182. Finishing second was the steady George Story of Hilton Head-Savannah with a total of 186. Rounding out the top three was Dennis Harris of Charleston with a 188 total.
We hope that everyone enjoyed the 2012 Southern Regional. We will be announcing the courses for 2013, sometime in September.