|...Carolina Golf News Line|
CAMERON GIVES “TWO GLOVES” TWO WINS!
N.C. – Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey of Bishopville, SC shot 63 in the final
round of the River Run Classic to win his second Tarheel Tour title of the year.
Gainey’s round of 63 gave him a tour record three day total of 20 under
par (196) and a two shot victory over Nationwide Tour player John Mallinger of
Escondido, CA. Gainey’s round was jump started by birdies at the first two
holes and an eagle at the par-5 6th. “Two Gloves” would shoot 32
on the front nine, which put him even with Mallinger after he carded a 33. The
two would head to the back nine tied, but the momentum quickly went the way of
the man wearing two gloves and hitting 350 yard drives.
Gainey hit his tee shot on the short par-4 11th into the right
trees. After punching out near the green, the former “Big Break” star
chipped in for an unlikely birdie and a huge ego booster.
“The chip at 11 was probably the shot of the day for me because it put
me in the lead and gave me that little bit of a cushion,” said Gainey.
After the chip in, Gainey would go on to birdie 12, 14, 15, and 18 en
route to solidifying his victory and his position atop the 2006 Tarheel Tour
According to the long hitting Southerner, a putter switch on Monday might
have been the trick this week.
“I switched from a Ping putter to a Scotty Cameron Santa Fe earlier
this week and I just made everything.”
Gainey would later reiterate a comment he made earlier this year after
his win at the Patriots Point Open in Charleston.
“After dealing with all the cameras on the “Big Break”, playing
mini tours and bringing it down the stretch just isn’t that much pressure.
Now, if I get to the PGA Tour that could change, but for now I just don’t feel
Mallinger’s final round of 66 gave him a runner-up finish and a check
for $7,000. As he walked to the scoring table, Mallinger was wondering aloud
what more he could do than shoot 18 under and not “even come close to
winning”. So goes the reality on golf’s fastest growing tour. You have one
of two options: Either go low or we’ll see you next week.
Third place went to former PGA Tour player David Seawell of Columbia, SC,
while fourth went to first round leader John Bachman of Orlando, FL.
The tour would like to thank Director of Golf David Ross and his entire
staff for all of their help this week. Golf Course Superintendent Mac Ryan and
his crew are to be commended for a job well done under some hot conditions.
Finally, the staff of the Tarheel Tour would like to thank all of the members of
River Run for allowing us to use their golf course for the week. This tournament
would never happen without their support.
The Tarheel Tour will take next week off before heading to southeast
Charlotte on June 14-16 for the Charlotte National Open.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
River Run Classic
Final Round Results
River Run Country Club
Par 72 – 7,022 yards
Tommy Gainey, Bishopville, SC
John Mallinger, Escondido, CA
David Seawell, Columbia, SC
John Bachman, Orlando, FL
Kevin Taylor, Mocksville, NC
Derek Lamely, Fort Myers, FL
Doug Fiese, Smyrna, GA
Matt Cannon, Huntersville, NC
Matt Bettencourt, Modesto, CA
Daniel Sloan, Greenville, SC
Luke Stephan, Atlanta, GA
Jason Martin, Lenoir, NC
Mayson Petty, Tuscaloosa, AL
Matt Davidson, Greenville, SC
Braxton Wynns, Buies Creek, NC
Delahoussaye, Greer, SC
Thomas Baker, Canton, GA
Mike Lawrence, Easley, SC
David Siegel, Matthews, NC
Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC
McAllister, Spartanburg, SC
Adam Rushin, Bluffton, SC
Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil
Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA
Wesley Horne, Wadesboro, NC
Chapman, Pinehurst, NC
Scott Feaster, Columbia, SC
Frank Adams III, Laurinburg, NC
Moore, Charlotte, NC
Scott Griffin, Troutville, VA
Bellflower, Milledgeville, GA