2019 TGA in the Forsyth County Invitational

from Hugh Quinn, 1st VP

Team Tanglewood had a very good showing in the Forsyth County Invitational which ended yesterday on the Championship Course. We had twelve members playing in it and many did well.

The three courses in this year’s rotation (Reynolds Park, Pine Knolls, Championship) couldn’t be more different from one another in many ways but particularly the greens. Reynolds Park has zoysia greens, Pine Knolls has bent and we have champion bermuda. So to perform well, you had to make a lot of adjustments to and on the greens. The pace of play was much better this year, due primarily to the smaller field of 87 to start.

There were six flights in the tournament and three of the flights were won by our members: Jeremy Ray, Stephen Dunn and Matt Bostic! Fantastic guys!

We also had two third place finishers in Stevie Blankenship and Mark Robson! And while he did not win anything (surprise, surprise), Jim Williams shot three rounds in the 70s (78,79,79), probably the first time that’s ever happened. He thanks Mike Childress every day.

The overall winner of the tournament was an unknown college player, Stuart Fuller. He’ll be a junior at Wofford College in Spartanburg this fall. He shot 205 to win by one. This was his first time playing in the event and he had never played Pine Knolls or the Championship Course. He started out Friday at Reynolds Park with eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie to be -5 after 4 holes! I thought I might be witnessing a 60. He finished the front nine at -5 and had three birdies and two bogeys on the back to finish with a 65. Also shooting 65 in the first round was Chris Logan, who was Kenny Flynn’s partner in the Member-Guest, which they won. Also shooting 65 in the first round was former member and rising sophomore at HPU, Brandon Einstein.

The last few holes of the tournament came down to Stuart and Brandon fighting it out. With a birdie at #17 to pull within one shot, Brandon hit a great drive on 18 while Stuart pulled his left and had to negotiate the big tree on the left. He managed to hit a rope hook with a wedge(!) to get on the green but it ended up on the lower right hand tier pin high but about 40’ away. Brandon hit a great iron shot to about 10’. After Stuart lagged to tap in range and made 4, he stood aside as Brandon stroked a good putt but just missed on the high side for the tie.

Mike Wilcox said this was the biggest gallery we’ve seen since the Vantage Days! It was great to see so many people watching the final round, including Uli Grissette who didn’t even play in the event. All witnessed some great play coming down the stretch.

If you want to know more about the event, not just the Tanglewood perspective, here is John Dell’s story in the WSJ.