Clay Guerin of Hoover (L) and Will Swift of Vestavia Hills (R)
Will Swift and Clay Guerin Victorious at 36th Alabama State Four-Ball Championship
Tuscaloosa, AL – Semifinal and Final match play results of the 36th Alabama State Four-Ball Championship hosted by Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa, AL on Sunday, April 29, 2018 (6544 yards, par 35-36—71, 71.5/128).
Will Swift of Vestavia Hills and Clay Guerin of Hoover birdied the 18th hole to force the match to extra holes against John Racciatti Jr. of Fairhope and Steven Setterstrom Jr. of Mobile. Both sides bogeyed the 19th hole and scrambled to save par on the 20th hole. Swift made his birdie putt on the 21st hole, while Setterstrom missed his 10-foot birdie to halve the hole. This is Swift and Guerin’s first Alabama State Four-Ball title.
Swift and Guerin lost the opening hole of the match to go one down. A birdie on the fourth hole squared the match before Racciatti Jr. and Setterstrom Jr. won three of the next five holes. Swift-Guerin answered with par on the 11th and a birdie on the 12th hole to return the match to one down. The pair would remain 1 down until Swift rolled in the must have birdie on the 18th green.
In the morning semifinals, Swift-Guerin defeated sixteen seed Ben Fuller of Birmingham and Sam Jeffcoat of Birmingham, 2 and 1.
Racciatti Jr.-Setterstrom Jr. advanced past Richard Schmidt and Sam Audia III of Birmingham by a 3 and 2 margin.
Match Play Bracket: https://www.ghintpp.com/bamagolf/TPPOnlineScoring/MatchTree.aspx?id=393
Match Play Hole-by-Hole Scoring: https://www.ghintpp.com/bamagolf/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsMatch.aspx?archive=match&id=393
This championship is conducted by the Alabama Golf Association.
(5) Will Swift, Vestavia Hills / Clay Guerin, Hoover def. (16) Ben Fuller, Birmingham/ Sam Jeffcoat, Birmingham, 2 and 1
(7) John Racciatti Jr, Fairhope / Steven Setterstrom, Mobile def. (14) Richard Schmidt, Birmingham / Sam Audia III ,Birmingham , 3 and 2
Championship Match Final Results
(5) Will Swift, Vestavia Hills / Clay Guerin, Hoover def. (7) John Racciatti Jr, Fairhope / Steven Setterstrom Jr., Mobile, 21 holes
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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 13 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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