...Carolina Golf News Line                          River run Golf Club


DAVIDSON, 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 money list.

            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 it.”

            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.


Tarheel Professional Tour
River Run Classic
Final Round Results
River Run Country Club

Par 72 – 7,022 yards                

Tommy Gainey, Bishopville, SC             $12,000          68-65-63=196

John Mallinger, Escondido, CA              $7,000             67-65-66=198

David Seawell, Columbia, SC                $5,000             68-68-66=202

John Bachman, Orlando, FL                   $3,750             65-69-69=203

Kevin Taylor, Mocksville, NC                $3,000             67-72-65=204

Derek Lamely, Fort Myers, FL               $2,500             69-70-68=207

Doug Fiese, Smyrna, GA                        $2,250             70-69-69=208

Matt Cannon, Huntersville, NC               $2,000             74-66-69=209

Matt Bettencourt, Modesto, CA              $1,700             69-73-68=210

Daniel Sloan, Greenville, SC                    $1,700             71-70-69=210

Luke Stephan, Atlanta, GA                      $1,700             73-68-69=210

Jason Martin, Lenoir, NC                        $1,700             67-71-72=210

Mayson Petty, Tuscaloosa, AL                $1,400             69-67-75=211

Matt Davidson, Greenville, SC                 $1,250             70-72-70=212

Braxton Wynns, Buies Creek, NC            $1,250             71-67-74=212

Brent Delahoussaye, Greer, SC                $1,065              72-70-71=213

Thomas Baker, Canton, GA                      $1,065             71-69-73=213

Mike Lawrence, Easley, SC                      $1,065             72-68-73=213

David Siegel, Matthews, NC                     $1,065             69-70-74=213

Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC                       $1,065             72-66-75=213

Chip Deason, Birmingham, AL                   $872.50           68-75-71=214

John McAllister, Spartanburg, SC              $872.50           69-74-71=214

Adam Rushin, Bluffton, SC                         $872.50          71-69-74=214

Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil                       $872.50          74-65-75=214

Camilo Benedetti, Columbia                        $750               69-73-73=215

Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA                 $675               72-72-72=216

Jay McLuen, Charleston, SC                       $675               72-71-73=216

Wesley Horne, Wadesboro, NC                 $675                70-67-79=216

Andy Crain, Goldsboro, NC                       $605.83           74-70-73=217

Tony Chapman, Pinehurst, NC                    $605.83           71-73-73=217

Ben Duncan, Greenville, SC                         $605.83           76-68-73=217

Drew Nelson, Marietta, GA                         $605.83           71-72-74=217

Scott Feaster, Columbia, SC                        $605.83           68-70-79=217

Frank Adams III, Laurinburg, NC                 $605.83           70-68-79=217

Stewart Moore, Charlotte, NC                     $570                 71-71-76=218

Scott Griffin, Troutville, VA                          $570                73-67-78=218

Jody Bellflower, Milledgeville, GA                $550                 73-71-75=219

A.J. Elgert, Lincoln, NE                               $550                  72-70-80=222