Oweida and Rainey Win Carolinas Four-Ball
William Rainey and Phillip Oweida celebrate 2016 Carolina Four-Ball title <br>(Carolinas Golf Association Photo)</br>
William Rainey and Phillip Oweida celebrate 2016 Carolina Four-Ball title
(Carolinas Golf Association Photo)

CAMDEN, SC (May 8, 2016) - Number nine-seed Phillip Oweida and William Rainey of Charlotte, NC needed 18 holes and a late birdie on hole 17 to defeat the 15th- seed of Michael Thigpen and Gregg Jones of Florence, SC 1-up in the 18-hole championship match at Camden Country Club.

Oweida and Rainey, both rising seniors at College of Charleston, never led by more than a single hole and trailed in the match until hole 10. A par save at 10 by Oweida, and a conceded birdie to Rainey on 11 gave the college players a 1-up lead with seven holes to play. They couldn’t build on the momentum of winning back to back holes and fell back to all square with Thigpen and Jones at hole 13, thanks to a birdie from Thigpen.

The match remained all square until hole 17 when Rainey drained a 12-foot birdie putt to put the Charlotte natives ahead with a single hole to play. The match was still in doubt until Gregg Jones's 20-foot birdie putt to force extra holes at 18 missed right giving Oweida and Rainey the 2016 Carolinas Four-Ball Championship.

Oweida and Rainey were three-under par for the round while Thigpen and Jones were two-under for the round.

“That’s why you have a partner!” Oweida joked, as Rainey’s (his partner) score counted for every hole from 11-18. “I needed him this week as well”, Rainey added. After four days of golf, including double rounds Friday and Saturday, both teams weren’t on their “A-game”, and both were likely a little tired. “I wish I had my best stuff today.” Jones mentioned. On Sunday, the match could not have been closer as the match was never led by more than a hole and momentum swung with every stroke.

ABOUT THE Carolinas Four-Ball

The Four-Ball Championship of the Carolinas is a perennial favorite with the Carolina's best amateur golfers. Two rounds of Four-Ball stroke play format (one best ball of the two) determine the 32 teams to advance to match play. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of one of the Carolinas, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current (within 90 days of opening date) USGA handicap index at a CGA member club. The championship team receives merchandise, trophies and names inscribed on the Hale Van Hoy Trophy. Stroke play qualifying medalists’ names will be inscribed on the Joe B. McCarley Cup. Additional prizes are awarded to all match play contestants.

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