Exber Impressive At Yeamans
In 1674, 70 years before the first rules of the game were written, Lady Margaret Yeamans, widow of Sir John Yeamans received a 1,070 acre grant from a group of white wigged old crumpets called the Lord Proprietors.
For the next 241 years, the future Seth Reynor design was the site of rice and lumber plantations. Since 2012, Yeamans Hall has been the site of an annual SOS tournament.
Raynor was hired in 1916 to design 2 courses on the now 900 acre tract. Plans included 250 home sites that would be available to the members of the club to purchase.
It was not until 1924 when the club, was formed and construction began on the first golf course. That course opened a year later in 1925. The fine old course remains today very much intact, with Raynor’s signature nuances and design philosophies.
Brady Exber from Las Vegas, following an impressive win at the Senior Azalea a few days prior, made his first visit to Yeamans one to remember.
Exber’s opening round 72 was six shots short of Californian David Ujihara, whose opening round 66 stunned the field. Peachtree City’s Jack Kearney posted an even par 70 in round one.
The generous driving areas combined with excellent greens proved to Exber’s liking as he grabbed the lead after round two with a solid 1-under par 69. Ujihara slipped to a second round 77, but the story of Tuesday belonged to Chicagoan Ken Larney and a blistering 3-under 67. Larney’s 142 was good for a tie at second with Alabama’s George Walker, one shot shy of Exber.
With perfect weather conditions prevailing, and the greens at breakneck speeds, Exber continued his march to the sea by posting a final round 67, good for a five shot victory over George Walker (71-71-71).
In the Super Seniors division, John Baldwin, West Palm Beach, took the top prize with steady rounds of 70-70-71 and a 211 total. Tied at second after regulation play were two members from Naples, Jim Rollefson (68-72-75-215) and Russ Berkoben (72-72-71-215).
The Grand Masters winner was no surprise as Louisville, Kentucky’s Don Wood continued his impressive record in SOS events, posting a 220 total, good for a three shot victory of Bermuda Run, North Carolina’s Brodie Baker (70-74-79).