BECK/PHILLIPS PARTNER FOR TUT WIN
The annual Ed Tutwiler Four Ball, usually played in the sunny confines of south Florida, traveled north to Charlottesville, Virginia this year, for a return to Spring Creek Golf Club. Spring Creek has hosted two prior SOS Events, the 2008 Tutwiler and the 2010 Fall Classic.
Spring Creek GC, designed by Ed Carton, heavily influenced by Tom Fazio, opened in 2007 and was promptly named Golf Digestís No.1 in the Best New Affordable Public Course Category. SCGC has been among Golf Digestís top 100 Public courses since.
The first round was played in less than optimal conditions. A steady spitting rain, accompanied by a slight breeze forced the players to batten the hatches for a round of survival. Bob Beck, Allentown, PA and his partner, Ken Phillips, Lancaster, PA stunned the field with an opening 6-under par better ball score of 66. After the soaking first round, alone in second at 2-under was the team of Jim Gallagher, Yorktown, Virginia and David Pulk, Williamsburg, VA.
The weather eventually broke and the game was on. Beck/Phillips added rounds of 70-68 for a 204 total over the next two days. Gallagher/Pulk, showed signs of life in round two with a brilliant 7-under 65, but closed with a 71, good for 206 and second place.
In the Super Senior Division, Jim Rollefson, Naples, FL teamed with Richard Pfeil also from Naples for rounds of 71-69-67 (207) good for a 2-shot victory over John Osborne, Vero Beach, FL and Bill Engel, Alexandria, VA (71-65-73ó209).