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Ownbey-Woodruff win Carolinas Four-Ball
Carson Ownbey and Ben Woodruff <br>(CGA Photo)
Carson Ownbey and Ben Woodruff
(CGA Photo)

CAMDEN, SC (August 13, 2018) - Carson Ownbey of Candler, NC and Ben Woodruff of Huntersville, NC captured the 67th Carolinas Four-Ball Championship winning 4 & 3 over Alex Ellis and Logan Harrell of Charleston SC. Ownbey and Woodruff went down early after Ellis and Harrell birdied the first two holes to go up two. Rattling off three birdies in a row, on 3, 4, and 5 Woodruff and Ownbey were able to take a one-up lead. "We really settled down after that," said Woodruff.

After halves on the next three holes, Ownbey made a 10 footer for par to halve the 9th, "that was a big momentum putt," said Ownbey. With momentum on their side, Ownbey and Woodruff were able to win 10 and 11 to take a 3 up lead with seven holes to play. The future University of North Carolina Charlotte teammates continued their strong play halving 12 and 13. With a birdie on 14 the duo were dormie standing on the 15th tee. With both partners hitting the green all that was needed was a two-putt par for the win.

The winners credited their great team effort for the win, "we really piggybacked off one another," said Ownbey. With six rounds in four days, the pair were able to maintain focus, "we never got down" said Woodruff. When asked what a Carolinas Golf Association Championship meant to them, "it's exciting to win because both of us have finished runner-up at CGA match play events," said Ownbey. Woodruff added, "It will be nice to get our name on that trophy."

Semifinal Recap

Lefties, Alex Ellis and Logan Harrell ran away with their Semifinal Match beating stroke play medalist Robert Preston and Bobby Dean 6 & 5. Ellis and Harrell used a bombardment of birdies, making nine of them in 13 holes.

Number three seed Carson Ownbey and Ben Woodruff defeated, John Asay and Rob Butler 1 up after a back and forth battle. Asay and Butler jumped out to a quick start going two up after two holes. Ownbey and Woodruff settled winning the 3 and 4 to square the match. Two more birdies on 6 and 7 put the future college teammates, Woodruff and Ownbey 1 up. Asay and Butler continued to put the pressure on them squaring the match on 15. With a par on 16, the three seed took the lead again and were able to hang onto it to advance to the finals.

ABOUT THE Carolinas Four-Ball

The Four-Ball Championship of the Carolinas is a perennial favorite with the Carolina's best amateur golfers. Two rounds of Four-Ball stroke play format (one best ball of the two) determine the 32 teams to advance to match play. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of one of the Carolinas, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current (within 90 days of opening date) USGA handicap index at a CGA member club. The championship team receives merchandise, trophies and names inscribed on the Hale Van Hoy Trophy. Stroke play qualifying medalists’ names will be inscribed on the Joe B. McCarley Cup. Additional prizes are awarded to all match play contestants.

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