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Holley, Sherlin rally for 2nd Alabama Senior Four-Ball title
Joey Holley and Stan Sherlin (Alabama Golf Association photo)
Joey Holley and Stan Sherlin (Alabama Golf Association photo)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Oct. 14, 2018) – Joey Holley and Stan Sherlin managed to claim a second Alabama State Senior Four-Ball title on Sunday with a come-from-behind victory. The pair, who won this event in 2012, entered the final round two strokes off the lead and made the turn at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club three shots back of the leaders.

That’s when Holley and Sherlin turned it on.

The past champs fired a back-nine, 6-under 30 to overtake two teams on the leaderboard. Sherlin holed a 5-foot birdie on the difficult 430-yard, par-4 18th that turned out to be the championship winning putt. It put the finishing touches on a final-round 64 and got Holley and Sherlin to 19 under for the weekend.

“We were going to 10 tee and Stan said we probably need to shoot 30 on the back nine to have a chance,” Holley said.

Sherlin said the victory was unexpected, knowing the caliber of players they had to chase down.

“When we got on 18 we knew we were tied. We were like, ‘Let’s go make this happen,’ and we did,” Sherlin said.

Steve Hudson and Claud Cooper, both of Birmingham, played behind Holley and Sherlin in Sunday’s final group. Standing in the 18th fairway, Hudson and Cooper realized they would need a birdie to force a playoff. Cooper hit his approach to 5 feet but his birdie putt just slipped by the edge of the hole, leaving the pair with a final-round 67 and at 18 under total, one shot short of the title.

Robert Nelson and Walker Grant, who shared the second-round lead with Hudson and Cooper, carded a final-round 68 to finish in third place at 17-under 199.

In the Super Senior Division, Tommy Williams and Lamar Hart posted a final-round 67 for a six-stroke victory over John Gibbs and John Daniel.

Information from Alabama Golf Association used in this report

ABOUT THE Alabama Senior Four-Ball

54 holes of gross four-ball stroke play with Senior and Super Senior divisions. Entries are open to sides of male amateur golfers who are legal residents of Alabama and have an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at an AGA member club. Maximum allowable combined team handicap is 16.8 for Championship Division; 20.8 for Super Senior 65+ Division.

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