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Merle Sauvola (D Flight) takes home the trophy & the CANNON!

2017 Furman Recap

Contributed by Sean Naylor

The Golfweek Amateur Tour kicked off in the Upstate this past weekend and was sponsored by the Cannon Can Do Cooler company. Be sure to check out the Cannon Single6 which each flight winner received as an extra gift! The Furman event was close and fast with all participants finishing the round in well under five hours! Play was tight throughout as the top-2 finishers were separated by two or less strokes on the round. Oh yeah, we also saw an EAGLE!

Thanks to three birdies, Kris Laird held a two-stroke lead after the opening nine holes. He added another on the 13th hole which gave him enough breathing room to take the top spot in the Championship Flight with a card of 72. Greg Harrold notched an eagle on the 2nd hole and two birdies of his own for second place (74). Both Laird and Harrold are from the Charlotte Tour. Joseph Hollingsworth took third with a score of 79 on the round.

Thomas Whitley, of the Atlanta Tour, got off to a fast start in the A Flight. He birdied three of the opening four holes and added another on the 8th. Heading into the back, Whitley held a two-stroke lead over the closest opponent. He then pared four of the final nine holes, en route to a 77 on the round – good for a first place finish. Ray Cruz notched a birdie and five pars on the back to earn second with a card of 79. James Earnhardt knocked down three birdies and finished the round in third place (80).

Two holes were the difference in the B Flight. Chris Franklin made a birdie on the 16th and 18th hole to edge Mason Hagen by one stroke, 81-82, for the top spot. Franklin and Hagen were tied three times after the 13th hole.  Russell Lamoy, who finished with an 83, took third place while Bob Santee and Kirk Tatge rounded out the top-5 in a two-way tie (83).

Deno Contos made a birdie on the 15th hole. With that putt, he and Trey Stacey were knotted at 73 a piece with three holes left to play. Contos then took a two-stroke lead on the 16th which was enough wiggle room to take first (85) in the C Flight. Stacey finished second with a card of 87 while Karl Yergey, of the DC Metro Tour, rounded out the top-3 (93). There was a two-way tie for fourth as Bob Russell and Mitch Green both shot 94 on the round.

Merle Sauvola took the top spot in the D Flight with a 97. Ken Whitley edged Tim Schofield by one stroke, 99-100, for second.

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Super Skins

#1 – Kris Laird

#2 – Greg Harrold (Eagle)

#7 – Bob Santee

#10 – Ray Cruz

#11 – Jody Clary

#16 – Chris Franklin

#17 – Greg Harrold

#18 – Chris Franklin

Championship / A Flight Skins

#1 – Kris Laird

#2 – Greg Harrold (Eagle)

#7 – Bob Santee

#10 – Ray Cruz

#11 – Jody Clary

#15 – Tysen Sarkela

#17 – Greg Harrold

B Flight Skins

#2 – JG Hill

#5 – Robert Luter

#7 – Bob Santee

#8 – Robert Luter

#15 – Robert Luter

#16 – Chris Franklin

#17 – Dannie Newell

#18 – Chris Franklin

C Flight Skins

#3 – Trey Stacey

#5 – Sheila Hadden Hinton

#16 – Bob Russell

D Flight Skins

#6 – Merle Sauvola

Closest to the Pin

#4 – Russell Lamoy – 8 feet 8 inches

#8 – Rob Luter – 2 feet 2 inches

#14 – Larry Lee – 6 feet 6 inches

#16 – Danny Garrison – 7 feet 6 inches

Raffle (Stand Up 2 Cancer = $140, Season Total = $210)

$140 Cash Prize – Tim Newman (donated $70 back to SU2C)




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