ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Chris Hall of Kennesaw outlasted Don Marsh of Johns Creek in the final match to capture the second annual Georgia Senior Match Play Championship, 2 and 1, which took place at White Columns Country Club, May 8-11. Hall, the 3-seed, won his first GSGA senior competition since turning 55 and becoming eligible.
To start the final match, Hall went 1 up through two holes, 2 up through four holes, then 3 up through six holes before giving one back to Marsh on hole seven. Hall regained a 3 up advantage as the pair made the turn. Hall would extend his all the way to 4 up through 12 holes played, but Marsh then took the next two holes (13 and 14), bringing Hall's lead back down to 2 up with four to play where it remained.
Hall's run through the field began with him tying for second after the 36-hole stroke play qualifier to secure the 3-seed in match play at 3-under-par 141 (69-72). The 55-year-old then advanced through the match play bracket with wins over the 14-seed, John Davis of Atlanta, 2 and 1, in the round of 16; the 6-seed, Ron Hunter of Jasper, 3 and 2, in the quarterfinals; the 2-seed, Mel Mendenhall of Marietta, 5 and 4, in the semifinals; then secured the victory with his win over Marsh in the finals Saturday afternoon, 2 and 1.
Marsh, the runner-up of this second annual event and reigning Georgia Super Senior champion, reached the finals with wins over the top-seed Mike Wylie of Roswell, 6 and 4, 8-seed Lee Dennis of Comer, 2 and 1, and 4-seed Jim Kamis of Marietta, 6 and 5.
At the conclusion of the 36-hole stroke play qualifier to determine seeds for match play, the low 16 players advanced. Those players who advanced to match play, in order of their seeds, were as follows: Mike Wylie of Roswell (top-seed), Mel Mendenhall of Marietta (2-seed), Chris Hall of Kennesaw (3-seed), Jim Kamis of Marietta (4-seed), Joe Whisenant of Douglasville (5-seed), Ron Hunter of Jasper (6-seed), John Cochran III of Duluth (7-seed), Lee Dennis of Comer (8-seed), Rich Grote of Kennesaw (9-seed), Bill Leonard of Dallas (10-seed), Jack Kearney of Peachtree City (11-seed), John Landis of Peachtree City (12-seed), Jim Heard of Roswell (13-seed), John Davis of Atlanta (14-seed), 2012 Georgia Senior Match Play champion Walter Hole of Gainesville (15-seed), and Don Marsh of Johns Creek (16-seed).
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