Carolinas Four-Ball: Martin, Grimes grab title
(Carolinas Golf Associaiton photo)
(Carolinas Golf Associaiton photo)

CAMDEN, S.C. – Number two seed Zachary Martin - John Grimes of Pinehurst, N.C. needed 17 holes to stave off a late charge by the father-son duo of Bryson Nimmer (son) – Tony Nimmer (father) of Bluffton, S.C. to win the 64th Carolinas Four-Ball Championship by a 3 and 1 score.

Martin, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina, and Grimes, a rising senior at Greensboro College, never trailed in the match and held as much as a 4 up lead twice thru 11 holes and 13 holes. But a birdie by turf farm owner Tony Nimmer on the 14th hole and a clutch par save by incoming Clemson University freshman Bryson Nimmer on the 16th hole extended the match to the 17th green. Bryson Nimmer had a birdie putt to place pressure on John Grimes whom still had a 12 foot birdie putt but his effort slid just past the hole sealing the victory for the Pinehurst residents.

Martin-Grimes stood at six-under par for the round thru 17 holes while the Nimmer’s were bogey-free at three-under par.

“It’s a tough golf course out there and you have to stay mentally tough”, Grimes said of the Donald Ross-designed Camden Country Club. “We fed off each other and when one of us messed-up we had each other back’s out there. It was a fun week but a long week for sure”.

Martin-Grimes played 118 holes in five days and it was their first trip to Camden.

ABOUT THE Carolinas Four-Ball

The Four-Ball Championship of the Carolinas is a perennial favorite with the Carolina's best amateur golfers. Two rounds of Four-Ball stroke play format (one best ball of the two) determine the 32 teams to advance to match play. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of one of the Carolinas, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current (within 90 days of opening date) USGA handicap index at a CGA member club. The championship team receives merchandise, trophies and names inscribed on the Hale Van Hoy Trophy. Stroke play qualifying medalists’ names will be inscribed on the Joe B. McCarley Cup. Additional prizes are awarded to all match play contestants.

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