Matt Johnson and Heath West, 2017 Alabama State Four-Ball Champions
OPELIKA, AL – Semifinal and Final match play results of the 35th Alabama State Four-Ball Championship hosted by Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, AL on Sunday, May 7, 2017 (6946 yards, par 36-36—72, 73.2/136).
Matt Johnson and Heath West of Dothan birdied three of last four holes to defeat Alan Coshatt and Austin Coggin of Vestavia Hills, 3 and 1, to win their first Alabama State Four-Ball Championship title.
Johnson, currently the number five ranked amateur in Alabama, and West, a recently reinstated amateur, took a 1 up lead with a birdie on the par four 6th hole. Coshatt-Coggin answered with birdies on the 8th and 9th holes to take a 1 up lead heading into the back nine. West rolled in a birdie on the par four 12th hole to square the match. He then birdied the par four 14th hole and the par five 15th hole to vault to a 2 up lead. Par three 16th hole was halved with pars. Coshatt and Coggin were unable to birdie the 17th hole thus conceding a final birdie for West ending the match with 3 and 1 score.
Coshatt and Coggin have a history with the State Four-Ball Championship. Coshatt won the title a decade ago in 2007 with Del Wood at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Coggin’s father, Tommy, won the title in 2012 with Doug Davis at Canebrake Club. Austin Coggin was a member of the victorious 2016 Alabama Southern Junior Cup team.
In the morning semifinals, Johnson-West defeated co-medalist and number one seed Vic Kyatt III of Birmingham and Andy McRae of Hoover, 3 and 1.
Coshatt-Coggin advanced past 2011 State Four-Ball champion Forrest Crabtree of Mobile and Woodie Eubanks of Trussville by a 2 and 1 margin.
Match Play Bracket: https://www.ghintpp.com/bamagolf/TPPOnlineScoring/MatchTree.aspx?id=328
Match Play Hole-by-Hole Scoring: https://www.ghintpp.com/bamagolf/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsMatch.aspx?archive=match&id=328
Interview with Johnson-West: https://twitter.com/bamagolf/status/861360186497388545
This championship is conducted by the Alabama Golf Association.
(4) Matt Johnson, Dothan / Heath West, Dothan (133) def. (1) Vic Kyatt III, Birmingham/ Andy McRae, Hoover (132), 3 and 1
(3) Alan Coshatt, Vestavia Hills / Austin Coggin, Vestavia Hills (133) def. (7) Forrest Crabtree, Mobile / Woodie Eubanks, Trussville (136), 2 and 1
Championship Match Final Results
(4) Matt Johnson, Dothan / Heath West, Dothan (133) def. (3) Alan Coshatt, Vestavia Hills / Austin Coggin, Vestavia Hills (133), 3 and 1
Championship Match Hole-by-Hole Results
Hole 1, Par 5: Johnson-West 5, Coshatt-Coggin 5; All Square
Hole 2, Par 4: Johnson-West 4, Coshatt-Coggin 4; All Square
Hole 3, Par 4: Johnson-West 4, Coshatt-Coggin 4; All Square
Hole 4, Par 3: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 3; All Square
Hole 5, Par 4: Johnson-West 4, Coshatt-Coggin 4; All Square
Hole 6, Par 4: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 4; Johnson-West 1 up
Hole 7, Par 3: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 3; Johnson-West 1 up
Hole 8, Par 5: Johnson-West 5, Coshatt-Coggin 4; All Square
Hole 9, Par 4: Johnson-West 4, Coshatt-Coggin 3; Coshatt-Coggin 1 up
Hole 10, Par 5: Johnson-West 5, Coshatt-Coggin 5; Coshatt-Coggin 1 up
Hole 11, Par 4: Johnson-West 4, Coshatt-Coggin 4; Coshatt-Coggin 1 up
Hole 12, Par 4: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 4; All Square
Hole 13, Par 3: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 3; All Square
Hole 14, Par 4: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 4; Johnson-West 1 up
Hole 15, Par 5: Johnson-West 4, Coshatt-Coggin 5; Johnson-West 2 up
Hole 16, Par 3: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 3; Johnson-West 2 up
Hole 17, Par 4: Johnson-West 3, Coshatt-Coggin 4; Johnson-West wins 3 and 1
About the Alabama Golf Association (AGA)
The Alabama Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1915 whose mission is to serve and promote amateur golf in Alabama. AGA membership consists of over 130 member clubs represented by nearly 18,500 individuals. The activities and services of the Alabama Golf Association are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Alabama golfers who wish to serve the game and the association through service.
AGA is the USGA's liaison for golf in Alabama conducting national championship qualifying, administering the USGA Handicap system including the GHIN Handicap service, course & slope rating and education. The AGA annually conducts 12 championships and team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. The AGA also conducts Alabama high school golf championships and assists with many collegiate events including the SEC Men's Golf Championship. In addition to competitions, the AGA administers the AGA Women's Scholarship Fund that is dedicated to assisting young female golfers in higher education and supports the Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation.
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