KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (March 10, 2009) -- The final round of The amateurgolf.com Kiawah Island Two Man was played today on the highly-acclaimed Ocean Course, a Pete Dye design which opened just in time for the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches.
The Pete Dye design (which will host the 2012 PGA) has been referred to as "the hardest course in America" by one major golf publication, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of tournament players.
Californians Sherman Haggerty and Ben Whipple tied with defending Champs Michael Pierce and Roger Wagner of Houston, and lost the "cup" in a scorecard playoff (as much as we hate those, people have flights to catch)Their final round pairing was a repeat of last year's, and today Pierce and Wagner made up the 3 shots they trailed by heading into the round with steady play on a windy course that these "seniors" played at over 6700 yards, just one set from the back and at a similar yardage used for the Senior PGA Championship played there two years ago.
In the small Championship Division, Alan Costa and Stephen Visco from Cape Cod, Mass. came closed a 4 shot gap in the closing holes to edge Scott Henrikson and Dave Karp, who did a great job representing amateurgolf.com as tournament players and doing double-duty administering the event (thanks guys).
A solid best-ball of 70 gave the Net Division title to Gary and Jack Meadors of Jacksonville Beach, Florida - they were 2 back heading into the final round. James Welte and William White of Ohio made a big move up with the only sub-70 round of the day on the Ocean Course and took second. The pair tied for second with Mike Kaplan and Stewart Vernon at 205. (Kaplan and Vernon, by the way, posted the lowest round of the tournament, a 12-under net best ball of 60 Monday at Turtle Point.)
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