TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (May 5, 2013) -- Hunter Bronson and Brinson Holder triumphed over Bo Farlow and John Fulkerson in the final of the 31st State Four Ball Championship at NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa on Sunday afternoon.
Amid cold and damp conditions, Bronson and Holder won by a score of 2 & 1, with the former Alabama students combining to take home this state title.
In Sunday morning’s semifinals they had beaten young Tuscaloosa natives Jake DeZoort, 15, and Tyler Hitchner, 17 by a score of 4 & 3, while Farlow and Fulkerson, both members at the Country Club of Birmingham, and also former students at the University of Alabama, saw off defending champions Tommy Coggin and Doug Davis, both members of Vestavia Country Club, by a margin of 2 & 1.
Bronson and Holder were also the low medallists in stroke play qualifying with a score of 12-under-par and in four matches they never needed to play the 18th hole as they closed out all their matches before this point.
Long-time friends, they grew up in Mobile and played on the UMS Wright Prep School, with Bronson the No. 1 player as an eighth grader, with Holder No. 2 man that year as a senior. Bronson, who played for the University of Alabama golf team as a walk on as a senior in 2011, now lives and works in Montgomery, while Holder resides in Point Clear.
They lost the first hole of the final match, but were never headed after taking the lead on the seventh hole. Birdies by Bronson on Nos. 9 and 10, both par fives, took them 3 up, but Farlow cut into the lead with a birdie on No. 11. It was as close as he and Fulkerson, 35 and who played for Alabama, would get as Bronson birdied the 13th to go back up by three.
Farlow, 27 and son of four-time State Amateur champion Sam Farlow, who watched both matches Sunday, made a birdie putt on the 15th to cut the deficit, but the next two holes were halved in pars, leaving Bronson and Holder on top after Holder holed a 10 foot putt on No. 17 to seal the victory.
“We came in here with no expectations,” Bronson said. “I played a lot of golf in college, but not so much now. It was so fun to get on a roll and keep winning matches.”
“Hunter is the better player. I just tried to make pars and get out the way. We’ve known each other a long time and are comfortable with each other’s games,” Holder said.
Their win grants them each a five-year exemption into the State Amateur Championship.
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