ALEXANDER CITY, AL (Oct.16, 2011) -- Mike Greer of Birmingham and Tom Jungkind of Bessemer successfully defended their title in the State Senior Four Ball Championship after three picture perfect days at Willow Point Golf & Country Club in Alexander City.
After being three strokes back after an opening round of 69, they stormed through the field with a second round 62 and followed that up with a closing 65 to finish at 20-under-par 196, which left them one clear of the team of Flip Bradley of Huntsville and Bill Moquin of Madison, who shot 66-67-64–197.
Four teams finished tied for third on 200: Joey Holley of Troy and Montgomery’s Stan Sherlin; Mark Harris of Montgomery and Birmingham’s Allen Ritchie; David Head of Sterrett and Randy Smith of Sylacauga; and Chip Howell of Anniston with Oxford’s David Sanders.
But the day belonged to Greer and Jungkind.
“Mike kept us in it the first days. He made 11 birdies in the first two rounds. We both hit the ball good and he made some putts for us,” Jungkind said.
Saturday was key with Greer making six birdies to Jungkind’s four and all of them were on different holes, hence they shot 10-under to take a two shot lead heading into the final round.
A key stretch Sunday for the eventual winners was holes 9-11 where they made three birdies to go from being tied for the lead to up by two.
“We then had a dry spell (no birdies) for a few holes and found out we were tied again with three holes to play,” Jungkind said.
A birdie on No. 16, followed by another on 17, re-established their lead, which they would keep for good.
“We looked at the field (before this state championship started) and said it was like a Who’s Who of golf from our era for the last 20 years. There were a lot of great players teeing it up,” Jungkind, 57, said. He has now won four Alabama Golf Association titles; while Greer, 54, has seven.
“There is no better venue to play golf and the course and weather were just incredible. We went there to win and are thrilled to win the title in back-to-back years,” Jungkind said.
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