For the opening round of the Devlin, Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, S.C., played just as it was designed to: firm and fast. South Carolinians Jordan Sease and Walt Todd started early on their title defense, logging an opening 64 for an immediate three-shot lead on the field.
Sease and Todd are former teammates at Winthrop. They went low a year ago, logging rounds of 65-66 in the first two days of four-ball, but went lower this year. The duo pulled away, however, in the third and final round when the format switches to combined score.
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There is no hiding at the Devlin. Sure, it’s a 54-hole team tournament, but come Sunday, the best-ball format becomes a combined-score format. Add a golf course in major championship condition – firm fairways, fast greens – and one of the first major amateur events of the summer amounts to one that requires some strategy.
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Editor’s note: AmateurGolf.com Founder Pete Wlodkowski was on site covering and competing in The Devlin this week.
BEAUFORT, South Carolina (June 3, 2018) — Two man aggregate is supposed to be nerve-wracking. Surely one player is going to take a big number someplace and offset some birdies, especially with marshes lurking and an island green par-3 to negotiate at No. 17, — just like TPC only smaller.
Don’t tell that to the winners of the Mid-Am Cannon Division, Walt Todd, Jr. and Jordan Sease., or the runners-up Jake Shaw and Mark Hanley. For their part, the Florida duo of Hanley and Shaw pulled up from the bottom third of the field to leaders in the clubhouse after posting rounds of 64 (Shaw) and 73 (Hanley).
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