Editor's note: AmateurGolf.com Founder Pete Wlodkowski was on site covering and competing in The Devlin this week.
Jordan Sease (L) and Walt Todd, Jr. with Bruce Devlin
BEAUFORT, South Carolina (June 3, 2018) — Two man aggregate is supposed to be nerve-wracking. Surely one player is going to take a big number someplace and offset some birdies, especially with marshes lurking and an island green par-3 to negotiate at No. 17, -- just like TPC only smaller.
Don't tell that to the winners of the Mid-Am Cannon Division, Walt Todd, Jr. and Jordan Sease., or the runners-up Jake Shaw and Mark Hanley. For their part, the Florida duo of Hanley and Shaw pulled up from the bottom third of the field to leaders in the clubhouse after posting rounds of 64 (Shaw) and 73 (Hanley).
"I started seeing the line today, and the putts started pouring in," said former LSU golfer Shaw. "I birdied 3, 4, and 5 and turned at 32, and had a putt on No. 18 to shoot 63 but it slid by."
After moving up almost 20 spots on the leaderboard, the duo of Shaw and Hanley wondered if any of the leaders could post an aggregate of even par or better, which would put any of the three co-leading teams ahead at 13-under.
Walt Todd and his long hitting former Winthrop University golf teammate Jordan Sease weren't having any of that even par stuff. The pair was coming off rounds of 65 and 66, and while neither of them shot 64, they combined for the same 7-under 137 thanks to rounds of 68 and 69. That shot them to 20-under 268, a new tournament record.
"Walt birdied the first two holes and that got us going," said his partner Jordan Cease, who raised some eyebrows on the first day when he hit a 300-plus yard 3-wood from the back tee on No. 18 into the small pond about 50 yards short of the green.
"I don't hit it very far so I was happy with the course setup being a bit shorter today," said Walt Todd, who found out about the tournament by researching the "Majors of Amateur Golf -- Four-Ball edition" on AmateurGolf.com.
Brian McGahey (L) and Michael Wharton-Palmer
In the Saber Division, Michael Wharton-Palmer and Brian McGahey won by five shots over two teams, shooting a 148 aggregate score after taking a four-shot lead into the final round. The Saber champions finished at 11-under 277.
The Maryland team of Kevin Allis and Craig Ostrom finished as runners-up, along with the Georgia team of Danny Nelson and Rusty Strawn.
It's certain that this tournament will continue to grow and improve as the word gets out that the Bruce Devlin-designed Secession Golf Club is amazing, (with an over-the-top professional and service staff) and Bruce Devlin his family are wonderful tournament hosts.
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ABOUT THE The Devlin
The Devlin is a 54-hole best ball tournament
had a loyal following for over 25
years. 44 two-man teams -- best ball scoring
Friday and Saturday, combined score on
Sunday. The tournament was moved from
Secession Golf Club in South Carolina
in 2011. The Cannon (Championship) Division
mid-amateurs age 25+ with combined handicap
or less, and the Saber (Senior) Division is for
in the 50+ age group with combined
handicap of 9.0 or less.
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