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Holley and Sherlin Storm From Behind to Capture State Senior Four-Ball Title

Joey Holley and Stan Sherlin - 2018 Alabama State Senior Four-Ball Champions

Lamar Hunt and Tommy Williams - 2018 Alabama State Super Senior Four-Ball Champions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (October 14, 2018) - Final results of the 24th Alabama State Senior Four-Ball Championship hosted by Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, AL on Sunday, October 14, 2018 (Championship Division: 6564 yards, par 36-36—72, 71.1/124; 65+ Division: 5928 yards, par 36-36—72, 68.9/123).

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Entering the final round two strokes off the lead and turning to the back nine three shots back of the leaders, Joey Holley of Troy and Stan Sherlin of Montgomery fired a back-nine six-under par 30 to win the Alabama State Senior Four-Ball Championship title for the second time. Sherlin holed a five-foot birdie on the difficult 430-yard Par 4 18th hole that would prove to be the championship winning putt. Holley and Sherlin won the title in 2012 at Vestavia Country Club.

Playing behind Holley and Sherlin in the final group was Steve Hudson and Claud Cooper of Birmingham. Standing in the 18th fairway, Hudson and Cooper realized a birdie was needed to force a playoff. Cooper hit his approach to five feet but his birdie putt just slipped by the edge of the hole sealing the win for Holley and Sherlin.

Round two co-leaders Robert Nelson of Fairhope and Walker Grant of Montgomery carded a final round 68 to finish in third place at 199 (-17).

In the Super Senior Division, Tommy Williams of Dothan and Lamar Hart of Dothan posted a final round 67 to give them a six-stroke victory over John Gibbs and John Daniel of Oneonta.

Round 3 Notes:

  • 15 teams finished under par in the Championship Division with field average score of 71.71 for the final round
  • 64 (-8) was the low round of the day carded by Joey Holley and Stan Sherlin
  • 110 birdies and 0 eagles posted in round three
  • Easiest hole: Hole #3, 369-yard Par 4 with 3.74 average score
  • Hardest Hole: Hole #18, 430-yard Par 4 with 4.61 average score
  • Stan Sherlin recorded the only birdie on the 18th Hole in the final round

Championship format is 54 holes of four-ball stroke play with no cut. Awards will be presented to the Champions in both the Championship (Ages 50-64) and Super Senior (Ages 65+) divisions. Merchandise prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each division. Championship Division winners will have their name engraved on the Bob Phillips Trophy.

Alabama State Senior Four-Ball Championship is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 50th birthday by the first day of the championship, is a legal resident of Alabama, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Alabama Golf Association (AGA) and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at an AGA member club.

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This championship is conducted by the Alabama Golf Association.

Final Results





Championship (50-64)



Joey Holley, Troy, Ala. -  Stan Sherlin, Montgomery, Ala.

65-68-64--197 (-19)



Steve Hudson, Birmingham, Ala. -  Claud Cooper, Birmingham, Ala.

66-65-67--198 (-18)



Robert Nelson, Fairhope , Ala. -  Walker Grant, Montgomery, Ala.

64-67-68--199 (-17)



Emile Vaughan, Pike Road, Ala. -  Richard Jeffers, Mobile, Ala.

67-68-68--203 (-13)



Tony Olive, Florence, Ala. -  Rick Bostick, Haleyville, Ala.

70-67-68--205 (-11)



Ralph Mathews, Andalusia, Ala. -  David Hancock, Greenville, Ala.

67-70-69--206 (-10)



Grantland Rice III, Birmingham, Ala. -  Cecil Ingram III, Birmingham, Ala.

69-70-67--206 (-10)



Del Wood III, Vestavia Hills, Ala. -  Patrick Levio, Hoover, Ala.

70-67-70--207 (-9)



Ed Kinzer, Trussville, Ala. -  Jason Harkins, Birmingham, Ala.

68-72-69--209 (-7)



David Head, Sterrett, Ala. -  Randy Smith, Sylacauga, Ala.

73-68-69--210 (-6)



Tony Parrish, Prattville, Ala. -  Clark Alexander, Prattville, Ala.

70-69-71--210 (-6)



Chip Woddail, Daphne, Ala. -  Hamp Andrews, Daphne, Ala.

73-69-68--210 (-6)



Sam Gannaway, Birmingham, Ala. -  Robert Pewitt, Birmingham, Ala.

72-71-69--212 (-4)



Tommy Beck, Huntsville, Ala. -  Mark Corley, Huntsville, Ala.

76-71-67--214 (-2)



Collin McCrary, Troy, Ala. -  Mints McGowin, Greenville, Ala.

73-70-72--215 (-1)



Steven Crew, Northport, Ala. -  Michael Donnelly, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

76-66-74--216 (E)



Chip Howell, Anniston, Ala. -  Clayton Calkins, Jacksonville, Ala.

69-74-73--216 (E)



Lee McDaniel, Vestavia, Ala. -  Ernie Benson, Vestavia Hills, Ala.

74-70-73--217 (+1)



Drew Bass, Greenville, Ala. -  Steve Norman, Greenville, Ala.

73-70-74--217 (+1)



Alan Seigel, Birmingham, Ala. -  Al Gibbs, Birmingham, Ala.

72-71-77--220 (+4)



Kevin Newton, Birmingham, Ala. -  David Clayton, Pelham, Ala.

71-75-74--220 (+4)



Donnie Cooper, Huntsville, Ala. -  Jim Grow, Meridianville, Ala.

77-71-74--222 (+6)



Chuck Reid, Opelika, Ala. -  James Newton, Auburn, Ala.

73-74-80--227 (+11)



John Cook, Madison, Ala. -  Bruce Umstaedter, Madison, Ala.

73-81-73--227 (+11)



Scot Schroder, Hartselle, Ala. -  Roger Lucas, Vestavia Hills, Ala.

73-78-77--228 (+12)



Rick Houston, Huntsville, Ala. -  Alan Nelson, Huntsville, Ala.

75-76-78--229 (+13)



Keith Blackmon, Dothan, Ala. -  Tony Blocker, Dothan, Ala.

82-77-76--235 (+19)



Ken McCullough, Meridianville, Ala. -  Joe Kasulka, Priceville, Ala.

80-80-79--239 (+23)



Scott Hamner, Hoover, Ala. -  David Dobbs, Vestavia Hills, Ala.

81-85-80--246 (+30)


Super Senior (65+)



Tommy Williams, Dothan, Ala. -  Lamar Hart, Dothan, Ala.

70-63-67--200 (-16)



John Gibbs, Oneonta, Ala. -  John Daniel, Oneonta, Ala.

71-67-68--206 (-10)



David Fry, Montgomery, Ala. -  Wayne Gardner, Mobile, Ala.

67-70-70--207 (-9)



Hal Thurmond, Tuscaloosa, Ala. -  Ron Aldy, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

69-71-68--208 (-8)



Tom Worley, Vestavia, Ala. -  Rick Sirmon, Pelham, Ala.

72-71-71--214 (-2)



James Weldon, Auburn, Ala. -  Randy Walls, Auburn, Ala.

78-73-70--221 (+5)



Scott Fulmore, Madison, Ala. -  Happel Terrell, Madison, Ala.

79-75-76--230 (+14)



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 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.

Since 1980, the AGA has managed the affairs of the Southern Golf Association which includes conducting the Southern Amateur Championship and Southern Junior Championship, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association.

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