Event: 47th Four-Ball Championship
Host Site: The Country Club Inc., Morristown, Tennessee
Playing Dates: June 12-15, 2017
Roswall and Cross Capture Tennessee Four-Ball
incredible week of golf was capped off with the shot of the tournament, leaving
Chase Roswall and Spencer Cross the champions.
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MORRISTOWN, TENN (July
15th, 2017) Two former Tennessee Four-Ball champions made it to the semifinals.
The defending champions, Jack Smith and
Ryan Greer, got off to a quick
start, until their opponents stole the momentum. Tory and Tanner Davis arrived
on No. 4 trailing by one. Tanner Davis squared the match with one swing of the
club, a hole-in-one. Smith and Greer eventually regained control of the match,
taking a three-up lead after a birdie on No. 10. The Davis brothers refused to
go away. They responded winning three straight holes to even the match. Greer
made a putt from just off the green on No. 15 to give the defending champions a
1up lead. The Davis’s continued to fight but two poor tee shots on No. 18 led
to an early concession, allowing the defending champions to return to the
championship match with a 2up victory.
The 2014 champions, Lee Maxwell and Wes Korth were hoping to join their fellow past champions in the
finals. Standing in their way were recent high school graduates Chase Roswall and Spencer Cross.Maxwell/Korth
won No. 5, the only hole that was not halved on the front nine. The match
stayed tight on the back nine, with Roswall/Cross squaring the match on No. 15.
Both teams made birdie on No.16. Incredibly, both teams made birdie again on
the challenging No. 17. On No. 18 Cross drained a 15-foot birdie putt to win
the match 1up and advance to the finals. That was the first lead of the day for
the future Tennessee Volunteers.
The defending champions
got off to a quick start in the finals taking an immediate two up lead winning
the first two holes. The Tennessee Match Play Champion had a possible
explanation for his slow start, “I think I was more worried about eating my
food, that was a mistake,” Roswall said. Once the food was eaten, the
youngsters got to work. Roswall/Cross squared the match on No. 5. They took
their first lead off the match on No. 6. The defending champions won No. 8 to square
Remarkably, the match
stayed level for the next seven holes. That set up an incredible final three
holes. The fireworks started with Roswall making eagle on No. 16, giving his
team their first lead in 10 holes. With their backs against the wall, Greer hit
a beautiful 7-iron to 5 feet on No. 17. Greer made the birdie putt to get the defending
champions back to all square. On No. 18 Cross and Greer both failed to find the
green in regulation, meaning the match would come down to Smith and Roswall.
Smith looked to have the upper hand with a 15-foot birdie putt while Roswall
was left with a 40 foot putt from the fringe. “I was thinking, I just want to
get this thing within 5 feet,” Roswall admitted. After deliberately reading the
putt with his partner, Roswall sent the putt on its way. Remarkably, the putt
made its way to the bottom of the cup. All of the sudden, Smith had to make his
birdie putt to extend the match. Smith’s putt slid past the hole making
Roswall/Cross the 47th Match Play Championship. “We trusted each
other so much this week. It was insane the whole week. After a bad first day we
came out here and played like we should play,” Cross said.
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Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an
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