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Semifinals Set at 37th Alabama State Four-Ball Championship

Semifinalist teams (Kniphfer/Jones, Guerin/Swift, Keller/Tate, Holder/Gourgeot

Semifinals Set at 37th Alabama State Four-Ball Championship

HUNTSVILLE, AL – Round of 16 and Quarterfinal match play results of the 37th Alabama State Four-Ball Championship hosted by Huntsville Country Club in Huntsville, AL on Saturday, May 4, 2019 (6722 yards, par 36-35 – 71, 72.3/129)

After a two hour and fifteen minute weather delay, Round of 16 matches were reduced to 9-holes.  Fourteen seeded, Brinson Holder of Fairhope and Matt Gourgeot of Decatur won two matches on Saturday with a 2 and 1 win over three seeded Richard Moody of Vestavia Hills and Stewart Whitt of Athens in the morning Round of 16. They followed it with a 6 and 5 victory over Huntsville Country Club members, Ryan Campbell of Huntsville and Dustin Schaefer of Meridianville in the afternoon Quarterfinals.

Defending champions Will Swift of Vestavia Hills and Clay Guerin of Hoover collected two decisive victories with a 3 and 2 win over Sam Jeffcoat and Ben Fuller in the morning matches and a 5 and 4 victory against Daniel Burns of Owens Cross Roads and Jordy Hayden of Faurhope in the quarterfinal. Swift and Guerin will face off against Elliott Jones and Andrew Kniphfer both of Tuscaloosa in the first Semifinal match after the pair earned a 2 and 1 victory in the morning and followed it up with a 3 and 2 victory in the afternoon. 

In other action, two seeded Jason Tate of Owens Cross Roads and Brendan Keller of Huntsville squeezed out a 1up victory in the Round of 16 and outlasted Braxton Howle of Irvington and Braxton Gillespie of Chelsea in a marathon 22-hole match. The duo will square off tomorrow in the second Semifinal match against Holder and Gourgeot. 

Semifinal matches begin at 7:30am at Huntsville Country Club with the championship match slated for approximately 12:30pm.

Match Play Bracket:

Semifinal Starting Times:

This championship is conducted by the Alabama Golf Association.

Round of 16 Results

(16) Andy McRae / Vic Kyatt def. (1) Robson Copenhaver / Blake Mozley

3 and 2

(8) Andrew Kniphfer / Elliott Jones def (9) Justin Bowie / Matthew Walker

2 and 1

(4) Daniel Burns / Jordy Hayden def (13) Lew Mitchell / Matt Johnson

3 and 1

(5) Clay Guerin / Will Swift def. (12) Ben Fuller / Sam Jeffcoat

3 and 2

(2) Brendan Keller / Jason Tate def. (15) Colby Odom / David Baker

1 up

(10) Braxton Gillespie / Eric Howle def. (7) Joey Holley / Bart Barnes

2 and 1

(14) Brinson Holder / Matt Geourgeot def. Richard Moody / Stewart Whitt

2 and 1

(6) Dustin Schaefer / Ryan Campbell def. (11) Robert Nelson / Steve Hudson

1 up

Quarter Final Results

(8) Andrew Kniphfer / Elliott Jones def (16) Andy McRae / Vic Kyatt

3 and 2

(5) Clay Guerin / Will Swift def. (4) Daniel Burns / Jordy Hayden

5 and 4

(2) Brendan Keller / Jason Tate def. (10) Braxton Gillespie / Eric Howle

22 holes

(14) Brinson Holder / Matt Geourgeot def. (6) Dustin Schaefer / Ryan Campbell

6 and 5

Semifinal Starting Times

(8) Andrew Kniphfer / Elliott Jones vs. (5) Clay Guerin / Will Swift

7:30 AM

(2) Brendan Keller / Jason Tate vs. (14) Brinson Holder / Matt Geourgeot

7:45 AM

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 18,000 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 19 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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