Jordan Sease (L) and Kyle Bearden (Chanticleer Invitational photo)
Kyle Bearden (Barnwell, S.C.) and Jordan Sease (Lexington, S.C.) shot rounds of 63-65 to win the Chanticleer Four-Ball Invitational at Greenville (S.C.) Country Club.
Bearden and Sease, each of whom has won the South Carolina Mid-Amateur in the last three years, sat one shot behind the team of Clemson golfer Jacob Bridgeman and Robbie Biershenk after the first round.
Bearden and Sease spotted the leaders a shot with an early bogey to start the final round, and the margin was still two shots at the turn. But they made their push on the back nine and finally took the lead when Bearden eagled the par-5 15th hole.
“I hit my drive left into the rough. I had about 245 in and hit a good hybrid to about 25 feet,” said Bearden to SCGolfClub.com. “It trickled in on the left side. I thought it was going to be short, but it went in and that is all that matters.”
Sease followed with a birdie on the par-3 16th, and he and Bearden never looked back from there. A birdie on the final hole gave them a three-shot victory and a 16-under-par total.
“We knew the kind of players in the field and we knew we had to keep making birdies,” said Sease. “We had to keep the pedal down.”
Kenny Cook and Sean Rowen, themselves mid-amateur champions of Indiana, finished tied for second with Brent Delahoussaye and Charles Warren. Delahoussaye won last year's championship with Stephen Poole.
Delahoussaye and Warren got within a shot of the lead with an eagle on the 17th, but bogeyed the final hole.
Bridgeman and Biershenk doubled the final hole to fall into a tie for fourth, four shots back. Also tied for fourth were Zach Siefert and Tanner Ervin; Siefert is the current South Carolina Mid-Amateur champion and birdied the last four holes.
Former Walker Cupper and U.S. Four Ball champion Todd White teamed with Daniel Bowden to finish tied for fourth at 12-under 132.
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ABOUT THE Chanticleer National Four-Ball
The goal of the Chanticleer National Four-Ball is
to serve as one of the game's most prestigious and
competitive Four-Ball events. The event is held
annually at the Robert Trent Jones-designed
Chanticleer Course at Greenville Country Club and
the perfect place to provide competitors a
layout that lends itself to risk-reward shotmaking.
This 36 hole tournament will be played at scratch.
The field of fifty teams will be
chosen based on strength of resume and date of
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