GREAT FINISH AT THE TUTWILER
Pennsylvania resident Roc Irey entered the 2015 Ed Tutwiler Four Ball only to have his scheduled partner withdraw, leading Roc on a search for a suitable replacement. Irey put out the word to his friends that he needed a partner and 2014 US Senior Amateur Champion Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va. called Irey to offer his services. Roc readily accepted, and the table was set. When making dinner, why not have filet mignon?
The Fox Club in Palm City was the setting as 47 teams from around the country came to play in the annual four-ball competition. The Fox Club is nestled in western Martin County, close to the Florida wilderness. The course requires straight drives, laser approaches and steel nerves on the putting surfaces. The Fox club is appropriately regarded as a “player’s club”.
With Chamber of Commerce picture perfect weather to enjoy Irey and Tallent posted a first round four-under 68, to find them locked in a three way tie for first with Rocky Costa, Alpharetta, GA and his partner Robbie Dew, Palm Beach, and the team of Dennis Helms, Monroe, NC, and Denny Adkins, Myrtle Beach, SC.
The warm south Florida winds kicked up for round two with gusts up to 20 miles per hour. The field was forced to change tactics with longer approaches to the greens; quality putting became a premium to survive. The Irey-Tallent team, remained steady through the round, posting a two-under 70 for a 138 total, good for sole position atop the leader board.
Three teams started the final round one shot back at 139 that included Costa/Dew, Helms/Adkins and Canadians Chris Kelos and Carl Nanni. At 140 were two teams, Jim Rollefson, Franklin, WI, and Richard Pfeil, Naples and former Tutwiler champions John Price, Scottsdale, AZ, and John Long, Centreville, VA.
The final round was played in a potpourri of conditions to include warm sunshine, gentle winds, eventual rainsqualls and blusters. But all Mother Nature could offer was not enough to stop the Irey/Tallent steamroller. It was Roc’s birdie at the first, setting the tone for what came next. Tallent’s putter heated up with resulting birdies on holes 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9.
The team turned to the inward nine, where the duo applied the proper “ham and egg” to keep the pace. But it was a 100-yard hole-out on 18 for eagle three by Tallent that was the icing on the cake. Irey and Tallent posted an excellent 8-under par 64, good for an eight shot victory over Rollefson/Pfeil (70-70-68) and Costa/Dew (68-71-69).
TUTWILER SUPER SENIORS
In the Super Senior Division, it was a 30-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole by Mike Sanger, North Palm Beach for the win after he and his partner Jim Smith also of North Palm Beach roared into contention with a closing 8-under par 64. Tied after 54 holes at 208 with Sanger/Smith were Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound and Van Lefferdink, Juno Beach, and the team of Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago and David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, PA.
Finishing alone in fourth place were defending champions Randy Reifers, Columbus, OH and Bobby Lewis, Pepper Pike, OH (70-72-69).