BEAUFORT, South Carolina (Sept. 11, 2016) — During the final round of The Devlin Four-Ball Invitational the format is “count both” aggregate scoring and anything can happen. However, on this Sunday 36-hole leaders Colby Harwell and Ed Sanchez were able to maintain their lead and seal the deal.
After a pair of 8-under 64′s to begin the weekend at Secession Golf Club, Harwell and Sanchez were able to close with a team combined total of 3-over 147 to finish 13-under and ahead of Ron Kirkpatrick and Vince Sumner by one.
For Harwell and Sanchez, both from San Antonio, TX it was their first trip to The Devlin and they certainly made the most of it.
Charlotte, NC residents Kirkpatrick and Sumner started the day in second place one-stroke behind the leaders thanks to rounds of 64-65, but they weren’t able to gain any ground on Sunday as they too shot a 3-over 147 to finish play 12-under.
Kel Devlin (son of golfing legend Bruce, who the tournament is named for), from Weatherford, TX and his partner Greg Chapman, from Houston, TX finished in third place at 11-under.
In the Saber Division, played one set of tees forward from the tips, Larry Smith (St. Augustine, FL) and Alan Henderson (Jacksonville, FL) claimed a three shot victory with rounds of 68-66-67 as they posted 13-under.
Ralph Ireland (Augusta, GA) and Charlie Wall (Augusta, GA) were second at 10-under while Bubba Victor (Savannah, GA) and Bill Palmer (Bluffton, SC) were third at 4-under.
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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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>