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 Championship
An incredible week of golf was capped off with the shot of the tournament, leaving Chase Roswall and Spencer Cross the champions.
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 the match.
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.
About the Tennessee Golf Association
In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of five private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, "shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee." From these small origins the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses, and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state.