Paris Island Champions

Paris Island Turns into Carnoustie

The Charleston and Hilton Head tours gathered at Paris Island for their annual Memorial Day salute on a not so ordinary day.  The once promising forecast turned for the worst as a low-pressure system developed and sat in the low country, bringing rain, wind and much cooler temperatures.  With the wind and rain, we were tempted to postpone the event to a later date but the course informed us, that they can hold up to quite a bit of rain and the wind is no issue, they have plenty of it!!  Once the players were out on the course it was soon realized the only detriment to play would be the weather as the course held up incredibly well and the greens rolled smooth and quick.

The Championship flight had some highly regarded players with some impressive resume’s but in these conditions, it was going to be a battle of will and desire.  Lance Lacombe and Jeff Wong both got off to solid starts by firing 38’s on the front nine.  As they turned to the back they were pretty much matching shot for shot with the one difference being the short down wind tough playing 14th hole.  Lance made a very nice birdie while Jeff lost a shot for a two-stroke swing which proved to be a large lead to overcome on such a tough day.  Lance wound up not only winning but defending his title from last year. Rounding out the top three was Lane Adams who finished one shot in back of Jeff.

The A flight played very solid as a group but the one who played a little more solid than the rest was Scott Ammons, who on the strength of two birdies fired a smooth round of 80 for a two stoke victory.  Dan Wanner Held off matt Llyod for second place with a very nice round of 82 to Matt’s 83.

The B flight was quite a battle all day between Chase Green and Justin Miller.  Chase got out to a lead by firing a front nine 39 to Justin’s 42, Chase got a little shaky on the back but the front was strong enough to carry him to victory by one shot, 82 to 83.  Johnnie Cooper rounded out the top three with a steady round of 85.

The C flight had quite the battle between second and forth places but Taylor Duncan made sure there was no question about first with a three-shot victory.  Taylor’s 86 was a great round in these conditions, the battle between 2-4th spots went as follows, Travis Carlisle (89) edged out Julie Johns by a shot and she edged out David Deese by a shot as well.

The D flight had a tie between a player in the first group and a player in the last group!  Mike Witledge and Carl Matlock both plated strong rounds of 95 in these difficult conditions.  Although Carl had a strong front nine, mike matched his back none to Carls front and was rewarded by virtue of a score card playoff, hos first victory ever on the Golf Week Tour. 

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