|...Carolina Golf News Line|
CLAIMS TITLE IN PLAYOFF WIN!
N.C. – Jay
McLuen of Charleston, SC referred to his play in the final round of the Eagle
Chase Classic as somewhat “ugly”, but at the end of the day, “ugly” was
good enough to get his name on a winner’s check worth $11,000.
McLuen battled for most of the day with fellow competitor and second
round co-leader Jonathan Hill of Greenville, NC. Neither player began their
round in a fashion they dreamed of the night before. While standard golf tends
to reward steady play, the tour was using the Stableford scoring system this
week. Players record points on each hole – a format used by the PGA Tour at
The International and loved by birdie makers everywhere. McLuen came out slow
with pars on his first six holes while Hill managed to record only three points
in that same span thanks to a double-bogey at the devilish par-3 3rd.
“We went back and forth all day but it was pretty ugly out there,”
McLuen said, clearly elated after notching his first win on the Tarheel Tour.
Both players would continue to trade shots for much of the back nine
before coming to the reachable par-5 18th.
McLuen and Hill each made birdie and would find themselves heading to
extra holes to determine the winner.
On the first playoff hole, the 18th again, McLuen was able to
barely out drive Hill and watched as his opponent put his second shot in the
greenside bunker. From there, McLuen hit his approach to the middle of the green
and left himself 20 feet for eagle.
“I lost the Georgia Open last week in a playoff when the other guy
chipped in, so I was kind of wondering if something like that might happen two
weeks in a row.”
Luckily for the former College of Charleston golfer, Hill was unable to
convert the up and down, leaving McLuen to simply two putt for the win.
“This was my first time playing the Stableford scoring format. It seems
to fit my game as I tend to make a lot of birdies but also some bogies here and
there,” said McLuen.
For his runner-up finish, Jonathan Hill was able to pocket $6,000, his
largest Tarheel Tour check to date.
Former Colgate University basketball star David Siegel recorded his best
finish of the year with a solo third place finish. The Matthews, NC resident
finished four points behind the playoff with a total of 29. Siegel never got on
the birdie tear in the final round, making only three birdies against one bogey.
His best chance to make a move came at the par-5 11th where he had a
ten foot eagle putt that just missed the hole. The five time Tarheel Tour winner
is still looking for his first tour title since the 2004 season.
Fourth place went to Tarheel Tour rookie John Eades of Charlotte. The
former Maryland Terrapin’s round featured two eagles, but bogies at 13, 16,
and 17 left him on the outside looking in.
The tour would like to thank Head Golf Professional Wally Moore and his
entire staff for their help and continued support of the Tarheel Tour. The tour
would also like to thank Golf Course Superintendent Andy Foil and his staff for
their work in preparing the golf course for play each day.
The Tarheel Tour will move north to Kannapolis, NC next week for the
Kannapolis Open at Kannapolis Country Club on August 22-24.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
Chase Golf Club
Par 72 – 6,667 yards
Jay McLuen, Charleston, SC
Jonathan Hill, Greenville, NC
David Siegel, Matthews, NC
John Eades, Charlotte, NC
Chris Mundorf, Greensboro, NC
Frank Adams III, Laurinburg, NC
William McGirt, Spartanburg, SC
Tim Pemberton, Charlottesville, VA
Daniel Sloan, Greenville, SC
Matt Cannon, Huntersville, NC
Aaron Black, Australia
Jason Martin, Lenoir, NC
Adam Rushin, England
Scott Brown, N. Augusta, SC
Ben Case, England
Scott Feaster, Columbia, SC
Richie Hunt, Elm City, NC
Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA
Braxton Wynns, Clayton, NC
Brad Heaven, St. Simons Isl., GA
Andy Crain, Goldsboro, NC
Jason Fober, Columbus, GA
Shaun Norris, South Africa
John McAllister, Spartanburg, SC
Tucker Evans, McDonough, GA
Jason Moon, Australia
Chris Yoder, Winston-Salem, NC
Drew Nelson, Marietta, GA
Yohann Benson, Canada