Wellons, Jenkins win the Devlin in a rain-delayed playoff
Bill Wellons and Tucker Jenkins (The Devlin photo)
Bill Wellons and Tucker Jenkins (The Devlin photo)

The Tennessee-based team of Bill Wellons and Tucker Jenkins won The Devlin invitational two-man event in a playoff at Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, S.C.

After two rounds of best-ball, the pair started the third and final round tied at 12 under with Christian Vozza and Eric Atsma, but after seven holes of individual aggregate, the skies opened up and play was halted due to the rain. After a delay, it became evident that the round could not be finished, and so the two teams went out on the course for a playoff.

The two teams headed out to the 16th hole at Secession, where Wellons and Jenkins won on the first playoff hole.

The tournament honors former tour player and golf course architect Bruce Devlin, and three Devlins were in the field, including his grandson Kris who finished third with his partner Craig Smith.

There are two divisions at The Devlin: the Cannon (the open division won by Wellons and Jenkins) and the Saber, the senior division for players ages 50 and over.

L-R: Michael Stamberger, Bruce Devlin, Zan Banks (The Devlin photo)
Zan Banks (Atlanta, Ga.) and Mike Stamberger (Brielle, N.J.) won the Saber division by one shot over the Michigan-based team of Steve Nichols and former U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up Jerry Gunthorpe. Banks and Stamberger shot rounds of 65-63 to finish 16 under par. Kurt and Kel Devlin, Bruce's sons, teamed up to finish T13 at 5 under par.

ABOUT THE The Devlin

The Devlin is a 54-hole best-ball tournament that has had a loyal following for over 25 years. 44 two-man teams -- best ball scoring on Friday and Saturday, combined score on Sunday. The tournament was moved from Texas to Secession Golf Club in South Carolina in 2011. The Cannon (Championship) Division is for mid-amateurs age 25+ with a combined handicap of 5.0 or less, and the Saber (Senior) Division is for players in the 50+ age group with combined handicap of 9.0 or less.

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