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Scotland’s Hume Claims Match Play Title
BLUFFTON, S.C. – Scotland’s Barry Hume captured the 4th annual Tarheel Tour Match Play Championship at Oldfield Country Club on Friday. Hume, who is playing in the U.S. before heading to the Far East to play the Asian Tour, was able to outlast Savannah’s Tommy Schaff in the championship match for a 3 and 2 win.
Before either player made the final match, they had to win their semifinal match that same morning. Hume played steady golf against Louisville’s Cory Kaufman for the majority of the morning. Hume would birdie the par-3 16th and take a 2 up lead heading to the short par-4 17th. Both men would halve the hole with pars, allowing Hume to punch his ticket for the championship match. Schaff’s morning match got off to a quick start as the affable southerner was able to birdie the par-4 2nd and eagle the par-5 4th to take an early 2 up lead over North Augusta, SC native Kyle Bradley. That lead would last for most of the day and Schaff would eventually win the final hole for a 2 up victory.
The championship match would feature more dramatics than the morning semifinals as both players vied for the $14,000 payday. Hume took the early lead with a winning par at the 1st hole, but Schaff would come back with birdies at 2 and 4, and eventually the two men would head to the back nine all square. The two would halve number 10 before Schaff stepped up to the par-5 11th tee and lost his tee shot left into the hazard. Schaff would find his ball and eventually get up and down from 120 yards for birdie, good enough to halve the hole with Hume. Then the drama hit.
Hume’s tee shot on the reachable par-4 12th sailed over the green and onto the cart path. Meanwhile, Schaff’s tee shot started right and never looked back, finding one of the many water hazards on the Greg Norman designed layout. Schaff would drop and hit his 3rd shot from 230 yards into a greenside waste bunker, while Hume took two shots just to get the ball to within 7 feet of the hole. From there, Schaff miraculously holed his 25 yard bunker shot, putting all of the pressure back on Hume.
“Before he holed his bunker shot, I was thinking I’d have a putt to win the hole,” said Hume, “then he drops it in and all of a sudden I’ve got a 6 footer to tie. When that putt went in, I actually felt the momentum shift back to me.”
Schaff couldn’t agree more.
“When he made that par putt on 12, it really killed the excitement from my bunker shot and kind of gave him a mental edge,” said Schaff, who is known on tour for his sense of humor and desire to talk.
After the dramatic 12th, Schaff would bogey the next four holes in a row, allowing Hume to coast to a 3 and 2 win and his first ever title on the Tarheel Tour.
“My goal today was to play pretty solid and try not to give any cheap holes away. If Tommy won a hole with a birdie, that was fine. Just don’t let him take a hole with par,” said Hume, whose win vaults him to the top of the tour’s money list.
The tour would like to thank Head Professional John Hundley, Kenneth, Joe, Eddie, Jeanie and their respective staff for hosting such a great tournament. A big thanks also goes out to Hugh Williams and his entire crew for presenting a perfectly conditioned golf course for the entire week. Last but not least, the tour would like to thank the members of Oldfield Country Club for allowing us the use of their golf course for the week. We are grateful to be able to play our Match Play Championship at such a pristine venue.
The tour would like to thank Big Stakes Golf and Jeff Jungers for signing on as the presenting sponsor of this popular event
The Tarheel Tour will take next week off before heading north to Rock Hill, SC for the Rock Hill Invitational on March 21-23.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
Tarheel Professional Tour
Match Play Championship
Semifinal/Final Round Results
Oldfield Country Club
Par 72 – 7,134 yards
Andy Bare (1) def. John Arnett (64) 5-4
Tim Pemberton (32) def. Braxton Wynns (33) 3-2
Karl Mitchell (49) def. Jack Ferguson (16) 1 up
Jody Bellflower (48) def. Kevin Taylor (17) 1 up – 20 holes
Brian Quackenbush (8) def. Josh Hammond (57) 1 up – 19 holes
Rob Bradley (25) def. Todd Brown (40) 3-1
Tommy Schaff (56) def. Chris Tucker (9) 5-4
Kevin Shields (41) def. Derek Watson (24) 2-1
Matt Davidson (4) def. Jack Fraleigh (61) 3-2
Billy Judah (29) def. John McAllister (36) 1 up
Kyle Bradley (13) def. Jabir Bilal (52) 2-1
Tony Chapman (45) def. Aaron Black (20) 1 up
Andy Crain (60) def. William McGirt (5) 2-1
Kyle Weisenburger (37) def. Tim Simpson (28) 1 up – 19 holes
David Sanchez (12) def. Brad Kerr (53) 4-2
Ryan Gioffre (21) def. Charles Frost (44) 1 up
Chad Wilfong (2) def. Ben Case (63) 3-2
Barry Hume (34) def. Stan Gann (31) 2-1
Alex Hamilton (15) def. Marshall Pickett (50) 1 up – 20 holes
Tommy Biershenk (18) def. Brian Medely 3-2
Doug Fiese (7) def. Ray Greco III (58) 4-3
Pete Popovich (26) def. Joel Hendry (39) 1 up – 22 holes
Frank Adams III (10) def. Fernando Mechereffe (55)5-4
Neil Maurer (23) def. Brett Harris (42) 5-3
Cory Kaufman (62) def. Rich Mudd (3) 1 up – 19 holes
Gregg Jones (30) def. Luke Stephan (35) 1 up – 19 holes
Kris Blanks (51) def. David Siegel (14) 4-3
Adam Gary (19) def. Ben Duncan (46) 5-4
Jay McLuen (6) def. Daniel Traeger (59) 7-6
David Seawell (27) def. Leighton Nichols (38) 5-4
Greg Boyette (11) def. Ben Friedell (54) 4-3
Scott Hart (22) def. A.J. Elgert (43) 1 up
Bare def. Pemberton 1 up
Mitchell def. Bellflower 1 up
Quackenbush def. Bradley 1 up – 23 holes
Schaff def. Shields 4-3
Judah def. Davidson 4-3
Bradley def. Chapman 6-5
Crain def. Weisenburger 1 up – 19 holes
Gioffre def. Sanchez 2-1
Hume def. Wilfong 2-1
Biershenk def. Hamilton 2 up
Finesse def. Popovich 4-3
Adams III def. Maurer 2-1
Kaufman def. Jones 3-1
Gary def. Blanks 4-3
Seawell def. McLuen 3-2
Hart def. Boyette 1 up
Bare def. Mitchell, $900 1 up
Schaff def. Quackenbush, $900 4-3
Bradley def. Judah, $900 4-3
Gioffre def. Crain, $900 2-1
Hume def. Biershenk, $900 2-1
Adams III def. Fiese, $900 5-4
Kaufman def. Gary, $900 1 up
Hart def. Seawell, $900 1 up – 23 holes
Schaff def. Bare, $1800 1 up
Bradley def. Gioffre, $1800 2-1
Hume def. Adams III, $1800 1 up – 22 holes
Kaufman def. Hart, $1800 1 up – 20 holes
Schaff def. Bradley, $3250 2 up
Hume def. Kaufman, $2500 2-1
Hume, $14,000 def. Schaff, $7000 3-2
*Number following player’s name is his seed.
**Numbers following each match indicate the standing when the match ended. For instance: 3-2 means the winner was 3 up with 2 to play, thus the match was over.