...Carolina Golf News Line                          Stonebridge Golf Hole


MINERAL SPRINGS, N.C. – In 2004, Jeff Curl capped off his first Tarheel Tour win at the Emerald Lake Classic with a dramatic eagle putt on the final hole. In the final round of the tour’s Stonebridge Classic this week, Curl found himself in a similar position coming to the last hole. A 45-foot eagle putt is all that stood between the former UNC-Charlotte golfer and his second victory on the Tarheel Tour. Just like two years ago, he was able to make the putt and continue a streak of great golf extending back to last year.

            Curl began the final round tied for the lead, but would find himself trailing even after a 33 on his opening nine. A familiar face on the Tarheel Tour was making a move and trying to capture his first title of 2006. All time tour money leader Matt Cannon went out in 32 and quickly added more birdies at 12, 13, and 14. Word spread that Cannon was making a charge and that pars would be no good coming down the stretch. Cannon recorded birdies at 16 and 18 and finished with a 63, good enough to give him the clubhouse lead and force him to wait it out.

            Curl was only one under on his back nine when he birdied the short par-4 16th and brought his total for the round to five under par. As he stood on the tee of the daunting par-3 17th, he caught wind of Cannon’s round.

            “A couple of guys came out and said that Cannon was in at 18 under par, so I knew I had to finish strong to have a chance,” said Curl.

            A birdie on 17 brought Curl to the reachable par-5 18th, a hole he had eagled before and would need to eagle again in order to avoid a playoff. After a tee shot blown well right, his blind second shot wound up roughly 45 feet from the hole. Knowing a two putt would force a playoff, Curl boldly went for the win and found paydirt when his ball found the bottom of the hole.          

            “I played well all day, but I was really pumped up standing on the 18th tee knowing I had a chance. I just wanted to hit my tee shot down the right side and kill it and next thing I knew I was 35 yards from the fairway.”

            “My caddie, Don Livonius, gave me a good read on the putt and the rest of it was getting the right speed. I was just lucky that it went in.”

            Curl, who resides in Jupiter, FL, has played well all year on the Tarheel Tour as well as the Nationwide Tour, where he’s qualified for six events.

            “The last two years I’ve played the best golf of my life,” said Curl, whose father Rod Curl won the PGA Tour’s Colonial Tournament in 1974.

            Cannon earned $5,850 for his runner-up finish and is still looking for his first win this year.

            Brian Quackenbush, Kyle Bradley, and David Sanchez all tied for third place with three-day totals of 200. Quackenbush was making a bit of a final round charge before a costly double-bogey at the par-3 15th did him in. He was able to birdie 16 and 18, but at that point it was too little, too late.

            The tour would like to thank Head Golf Professional Jason Hurst and his staff for their work in hosting this week’s tournament. A special thanks also goes to Head Golf Course Superintendent Jake Stewart and his grounds crew for presenting a well-manicured golf course for the event.

            The Tarheel Tour heads to the Palmetto State next week for the Columbia Open at Columbia Country Club on September 4-6.

            For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.

 Tarheel Professional Tour Stonebridge Classic

Final Round Results Stonebridge Golf Club

Par 72 – 6,963 yards 

Jeff Curl, Jupiter, FL                                   $10,500                      67-66-64=197

Matt Cannon, Huntersville, NC                    $5,850                       67-68-63=198

Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA               $3,433.33                    66-68-66=200

Kyle Bradley, N. Augusta, SC                    $3,433.33                    66-67-67=200

David Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC                    $3,433.33                    68-65-67=200

Adam Rushin, England                                $1,925                         67-69-65=201

Jay McLuen, Charleston, SC                      $1,925                         68-67-66=201

Chris Mundorf, Greensboro, NC                $1,925                         67-67-67=201

Kevin Taylor, Mocksville, NC                     $1,925                         69-66-66=201

Jason Fober, Columbus, GA                        $1,300                         71-66-65=202

Stephen Woodard, Charlotte, NC               $1,300                         69-67-66=202

David Siegel, Matthews, NC                        $1,300                         67-68-67=202

Matt Davidson, Greenville, Sc                      $1,300                         70-64-68=202

Tommy Gainey, Bishopville, SC                    $1,300                         64-70-68=202

Scott Brown, N. Augusta, SC                      $1,000                         66-70-67=203

William McGirt, Spartanburg, SC                 $908.33                      72-66-66=204

David Kennedy, Hawkinsville, GA                $908.33                      70-67-67=204

Tim Pemberton, Charlottesville, VA               $908.33                      68-65-71=204

Mark Long, Charlotte,NC                             $775                            67-69-69=205

David Seawell, Columbia, SC                        $775                            71-65-69=205

John McAllister, Spartanburg, SC                  $700                            68-68-70=206

Matt Bettencourt, Modesto, CA                    $650                            70-67-70=207

Aaron Summers, Willis, VA                           $650                            73-64-70=207

Andy Bare, Jacksonville, FL                          $533.33                      66-71-71=208

Scott Feaster, Columbia, SC                         $533.33                      66-70-72=208

Jason Martin, Lenoir, NC                              $533.33                      69-67-72=208

Derek Watson, Murrells Inlet, SC                  $450                            68-70-71=209

Fernando Figueroa, El Salvador                     $425                            70-68-72=210

Tommy Schaff, Savannah, GA                       $425                            71-65-74=210

Alex Hamilton, Aiken, SC                              $400                            66-71-75=212