The camaraderie was as thick as the air on July 18, 2016 in Georgetown for the 2016 Cunningham | Yamaha Tri-Pro Nassau Championship at Cherry Blossom Golf Course. Despite a gloomy forecast, and a massive storm that was threatening the entire day, there were no delays and the entertaining event was able to be played. PGA Professionals from around the state gathered to compete in 27 holes of unique format golf. These professionals formed teams of three, blindly drawn, and were pitted against one another in three different formats: scramble, best ball and alternate shot. Nassau competitions admit for a team to be determined a winner for each individual format played on the course.
The day started off with a nine-hole scramble with each team teeing off and playing the best of those shots through the green until they holed out. While the competition was fierce on a front nine presenting numerous challenges, the team of Andrew Lardner, Derrick Griffitts and Dee Brown posted an eight-under par 28 on the side. With four other teams shooting an equivalent score, they emerged victorious through a scorecard playoff.
On the back nine, teams played a best ball competition, having players each play their own ball through the hole and the team score is represented by the best score among the group. This format allows each player to play to their strengths and not rely on teammates to pull through for them (unless they have a bad hole). The back nine presented challenges just like the front, however the team of Steve Cox, Keith Ohr, and Jeremy Martin shot an impressive five-under-par 31 to have the best score with the best ball.
After a quick and filling lunch break the teams headed back onto the back nine for nine holes of alternate shot format. Here the players determined an order to tee-off and played their following shots accordingly. This format requires chemistry and momentum from fellow teammates and for some teams that have never played before, this became a challenge. Even though it was a tough day for some on the last nine holes of the day, smiles remained in the air as well as sunshine. Again, Cox, Ohr, and Martin were able to come together and put together a final round score of 3-under par 33 to avoid alternating their winning ways of the day.
After all the scores were in from 27 holes an overall winner was determined. With a little help from the peanut gallery of gathered players completed with their round, the final scores were tallied and a victor was declared. With an overall score of 93 and a slim margin of victory totaling only four shots, Cox, Ohr, and Martin would be the champions of the day. For their victory they were awarded bottles of whiskey provided by the sponsor of the day- Cunningham and Yamaha.
Based on the weather forecast in the morning no one thought the whole day would be completed let alone turn into a gorgeous day at Cherry Blossom. “We were just happy the storm decided to break apart when it saw that we were playing golf here at Cherry Blossom,” one tournament official said after the competition concluded.
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