Alabama Four-Ball: Four teams remain in match play

POINT CLEAR, Ala. (April 30, 2011) -- Four teams are left standing after the round of 16 and quarterfinals were completed Saturday in the 29th State Four Ball Championship played over the Dogwood Course at Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear.

They are Woodie Eubanks and Forrest Crabtree; Haymes Snedeker and John Wright; Robbie Cotten and Tripp Owens; and Del Wood III and Alan Coshatt.

Eubanks, of Pinson, who won the State Mid-Amateur in 2008 and was the low individual in the 2009 State Club Team Championship while representing Limestone Springs, and Crabtree, of Mobile, who won the 1997 State Junior, came together as a team at the last minute.

Eubanks has played the last two years with two-time State Amateur champion Will Swift, but Swift had to drop out earlier this week when his wife had their second child. Eubanks was going to withdraw when he was contacted by Crabtree, who was a freshman at Samford University when Eubanks was a senior, to see if he might want to play with him. Eubanks is now the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Samford and Crabtree is a dentist.

“We’ve never played together in a tournament before, so the first day we had to learn each other’s games,” Eubanks said. “I’m aggressive and he’s a tactician. It took some getting used to each other’s style of play, but we have done well together.”

They beat the team of Dambro and McLaughlin in the round of 16 and then took out defending champion John Hanson and his partner Jeff Champion in the quarterfinals. Last year Hanson, of Montgomery, paired with Alex Balog to beat 2007 champions Wood and Coshatt in the final.

In previous years Eubanks has made it to the final and semifinal with Talbert Griffin, and the semifinals and round of 16 with Swift. He and Crabtree now face Snedeker and Wright in the semifinals.

Wright of Gulf Shores, won the State Amateur in 1989, and he and Snedeker of Fairhope shot 64-64–128 to tie with Steve Hudson and Robert Nelson in the stroke play qualifying. They kept playing well in the match play to reel off two wins. Snedeker is the older brother of Brandt Snedeker, who won on the PGA Tour last week at The Heritage, and Haymes is a fine player in his own right. Lakewood is his home course and he also starred on a recent series of the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” golf reality show.

In the second semifinal Cotten, who has won multiple State titles, and Owens will square off against Wood and Coshatt.

Now four teams are left Sunday morning, with the final two teams playing each other Sunday afternoon to determine the champion.

ABOUT THE Alabama Four-Ball

36 holes of gross four-ball stroke play to determine 16 sides for match play. 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 under the USGA Handicap System™. Two players who play as partners comprise a side. Partners are not required to be from the same club.

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