It's onto the Title Match at the Carolinas Four-Ball
Justin Hood and Jake McBride will face <br>Ryan Marter and Jack Parrott in the title match <br>(Carolinas Golf Association Photo)
Justin Hood and Jake McBride will face
Ryan Marter and Jack Parrott in the title match
(Carolinas Golf Association Photo)

CAMDEN, SC (May 6, 2017) - The top four seeds in match play all advanced to the semifinals of the Carolinas Four-Ball Championship Saturday morning at Camden Country Club.

Top-seed and stroke play medalists Paul Tucker and Brent Roof defeated Daniel Neveu and Sherrill Britt, 1-up.

Second-seed Ryan Marter/Jack Parrott dispatched the father-son team Neil Harrell/Logan Harrell, 5&3.

The three-seed Michael Childress/Lansdon Robbins defeated Chris Mitchell/Matthew Laydon, 2&1 while four-seed Justin Hood/Jake McBride won their match over Matt Carter/Weston Bell, 3&1.

In the first semifinal match, mid-amateur golfers Paul Tucker/Brent Roof matched up with North Carolina State teammates Justin Hood/Jake McBride. Hood/McBride took a 1-up lead they would never relinquish with a birdie on the third hole and stretched their lead to 2-up with a birdie on the eighth hole. Tucker/Roof could not muster a charge as numerous makeable birdie putts went begging on the back-nine.

Another birdie at the thirteenth gave the college golfers a 3-up lead. Reaching the short par-4 fifteenth with driver, Justin Hood made eagle to close out the match 4&3. “We feel really comfortable on the back-nine here, even though it’s the harder side”, said McBride. They have won 12 holes on the back nine while only losing 3 holes on that side over their four matches.

In the second semifinal match, junior golfers faced off as AC Flora High School teammates Ryan Marter/Jack Parrott defeated Cannon School golfers Michael Childress/Lansdon Robbins, 4&3. This match had a similar feel for Marter/Parrott as they took the lead on the first hole and never looked back.

Throughout four match play rounds, the three-time South Carolina Junior Golf Association Four-Ball champions have only lost three holes and immediately won the next each time. They have closed out each match early and have yet to play holes 16-18 in match play, but as Parrot said, “anything can happen in match play, especially the championship, we’re just happy to be here.”

The Championship Match tees off at 8:00am at Camden Country Club on Sunday morning.

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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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