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Pinehurst No. 9 vs Verdict Ridge in Senior Interclub Final

PINEHURST, N.C. (October 25, 2017) –  74 senior teams competed this year in the 2nd Carolinas Senior Interclub Season, an increase from 45 that participated in the inaugural year. 46 of the 74 senior teams advanced to the playoffs. The final four competed Wednesday on Pinewild Country Club's Magnolia Course. The format of the championship is four-ball match play for men ages 55 and older. Eight players from each team compete in four matches with six total points awarded in each match (two for front nine, two for back nine, two for theoverall match).

Related: Photo Gallery | Playoff Bracket | East Region Finals Scoring | West Region Finals Scoring

In last year's inaugural championship, the Pinehurst Scramblers, representing Courses 1-6, claimed victory. This year, a team representing Course No. 9 at Pinehurst Country Club will have the opportunity to add a second consecutive Carolinas Senior Interclub title to the club's trophy case. On Wednesday, two of their four-ball sides each earned five points, while the duo of James Cole and Ernie Ferrell claimed all six of the points available in their match to defeat Governors Club of Chapel Hill, N.C., 17-7.

Another Pinehurst Country Club team, representing the Men's Golf Association, had a chance to make it an all Pinehurst Country Club final. However, they lost a close battle with Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club of Denver, N.C. In the final four-ball match, Scott Powers and Gary Downing took all six points to edge Pinehurst MGA by a 13-11 margin. Verdict Ridge will look to avenge their runner-up finish in last year's Regular Interclub Season.

The championship match of the 2nd Carolinas Senior Interclub Season will begin Thursday at 8:30 a.m. from the first tee of the Magnolia Course. Four matches of four-ball competition will tee off in ten-minute intervals. The winning team will hoist the Thomas J. Thorpe trophy, named for the CGA Executive Committee member instrumental in the administration of the Carolinas Interclub seasons.

Final Four Results

East Region Finals

Points Pinehurst #9 Governors Club Points
5 Bob Sizer + Robert Eater Gary McKenna + Larry Gunn 1
1 Dennis Fogle + William Christina Jack Smailes + George Brannon 5
6 James Cole + Ernie Ferrell Gary Clinton + Duaine Robertson 0
5 Jim Koch + Ross McDonald Don Harkey + Raymond Keenan 1
17     7

West Region Finals

Points Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Pinehurst MGA Points
3 Dale Crumley + David Fisher John McClain + Bob Nilsen 3
4 Glenn Carter + John Kolff John Vann + Robert Dauenhauer 2
0 Randy Adams + Jack Piel Mike Fusselbaugh + James Kaczmarek 6
6 Scott Powers + Gary Downing Bob Rust + John Harpole 0
13     11


About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

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