The Devlin
September 8 - 11, 2016

Anderson and Nichols win the 2015 Devlin Cannon title

Chip Anderson and Steve Nichols scored a narrow victory in the Cannon Division of the 2015 Devlin Invitational at Secession Golf Club. Tied with two teams (including the defending champions) after 36 holes, Anderson and Nichols posted a solid aggregate total of 2-over 146, edging second round co-leaders Daniel Russo and Scott Wilson by a single shot. The defending champs, Mike Atkeison and Jeff Navarre, struggled with a 156 aggregate on Sunday.

Meanwhile Steve Albright and Drew Ditty posted the lowest aggregate, a 2-under 142 to move well up the leaderboard into solo third place.

Bob Cinotti and Alan Henderson took the Saber Division title in a sudden-death playoff after tying with George Adams and Mike Pierce in regulation. Cinotti and Henderson made up four shots in the final round with a best-ball 68.

ROUND 2 SUMMARY

After two rounds at The Devlin, three teams lead the Cannon Division at 12-under, and one of those teams is the defending champs, Mike Atkeison and Jeff Navarre. They fired 6-under 66 both days. Also at the 132 number are Daniel Russo and Scott Wilson, (68-64) and Chip Anderson and Steve Nichols (64-68).

Tying for low round of the day at 8-under 64 were the father/son team of Kel and Kris Devlin. After a first round of even par, they are now within four of the lead heading into the more difficult aggregate format final round. Kel recently qualified for the USGA Senior Amateur.

In the Saber Division, George Adams and Mike Pierce of Houston’s Champions Golf Club continue to lead by four at 7-under 137.

ROUND 1 SUMMARY

Day one of the The Devlin opened with a wonderful tribute to two Secession members that perished on 9/11.  Scoring was very low today as the greens are in perfect condition.  Mark Mitchell, the club’s superintendent, has the golf course in incredible condition considering all the rain in the Lowcountry over the past couple weeks.

In the Saber division, it looks like another shootout between last year’s Champs, Rick Hare and George Slade opened with a solid 70.  They are trailing their opponents from last year’s playoff George Adams and Mike Pierce, who fired a 6-under 66.

In the Cannon division, if you didn’t post a score in the 60’s you are already behind.  Two teams lead the pace with scores of 64.  Derek Hayes and and Wes Turiano, as well as Chip Anderson and Steve Nichols.  Defending champs Mike Atkeison and Jeff Navarre are lurking at 6-under 66, tied with 3 other teams.

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Field set for 2015 Devlin

Defending champions of both the Cannon and Saber Divisions got their entries in early for the 2015 Devlin, set to tee off in early September, with a practice round on Sept. 10 and tournament rounds on Sept 11-13. Mike Atkeison and Jeff Navarre of Tennessee, who won the Cannon division, will see if they can become the first team to defend their title since the Devlin moved to Secession. In the Saber Division, George Slade and Rick Hare of Houston, who won a marathon 6 hole playoff to take the title in 2014, are also registered. 2015 Devlin team listing> Continue Reading

Mike Atkeison and Jeff Navarre win the 2014 Devlin

Cannon Div. winners Mike Atkeison (left) and Jeff Navarre (far right) with Bruce Devlin

Cannon Div. winners Mike Atkeison (left) and Jeff Navarre (far right) with Bruce Devlin

BEAUFORT, South Carolina (Sept. 14, 2014) — Three teams started the day tied Sunday after 36-holes of best ball competition at Secession Golf Club, and in the end it was two “late bloomer” amateur golfers who walked away with the title.

Mike Atkeison of Memphis, an engineer by trade who now owns a pest control business, partnered with Jeff Navarre, a home builder in the Nashville area to fashion a 1-under aggregate of 143 on Sunday and a tournament total of 274. That’s 14-under-par and a sign of the excellent play, good weather, and strong level of competition at the Devlin.

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