41st Senior Better Ball Championship

Arnold & Politi take Championship in Playoff 

Weather and good golf were the story at the 41st Annual Sr. Better Ball Championship as Kevin Arnold and Dave Politi of Hilton Head won the championship in a sudden death playoff over Mike Gravley (Greer) and Walter Odiorne (Columbia). The teams started the day three shots behind first round leaders Richard Moore and Jim Eskew, but four under par 68s by both tandems propelled them into a playoff. Sunday’s and Saturday’s rounds each experienced over 2.5 hours of weather delays but the players’ kept their patience and determination, as Kevin Arnold rolled in a 15 foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to claim the championship. Four teams finished just one shot out of the playoff; providing yet another successful and competitive championship held at Santee Cooper Country Club (hosting for the 40th year). This is Arnold and Politi’s first Senior Better Ball Championship in only their second appearance (the pair finished tied for third in last year’s event).  

The 2014 SCGA Senior Better Ball Championship is one of 20 major championships conducted by the South Carolina Golf Association. The 41st Annual event was played on the 6,288 yard, par 72 golf course at Santee Cooper Country Club in Santee, SC. This is the 40th time that the Senior Better Ball has been hosted by Santee Cooper Country Club. The SCGA would like to thank the club’s wonderful staff and membership for many years of service to this event.

Final Results

Championship Flight
1 Arnold, Kevin / Politi, David 66-68---134
2 Gravley, Mike / Odiorne, Walter 66-68---134
T3 Avery, Nick / Newsome, Roger 67-68---135
T3 Babb, Tim / Horne, Joseph 66-69---135
T3 Pachol, Steve / Schachner, Greg 67-68---135
T3 Moore, Richard / Eskew, Jim 63-72---135
T7 Mahoney, Mike / Smunk, Bill 68-68---136
T7 Burgess, Jim / Horton, Steve 68-68---136
LOM Bryant, Anthony / Nesmith, Ed 69-67---136
10 Gianoukos, Andy / Gianoukos, Jimmie 68-69---137
11 Crout, Rick / Liebler, Steve 67-71---138
12 Twitty, Jeff / Tyler, Tim 69-70---139
T13 Gantt, Bruce / Hendrick, Joe 68-72---140
T13 Evans, John / Morris, Chris 68-72---140
T13 Forrest, Mike / Sussong, Pete 69-71---140
16 Ford, Tommy / Swanson, Charlie 69-76---145
T17 Bennett, Robby / Howle, Wayne 69-WD---WD
T17 Beck, Byron / Hoylen, Billy 69-WD---WD
First Flight
1 Wagner, Duff / Willis, Terry 70-67---137
2 Ackerman, George / Anderson, Dick 70-69---139
T3 Finley, Frank / Rollins, Lewis 71-69---140
T3 Edwards, Linnwood / Lemon, Will 72-68---140
5 Dresel, Rick / Evans, Jon 72-69---141
T6 Irving, Dr. Lee / Wilson, Ron 72-70---142
T6 Edens, Bob / Varn, Bob 70-72---142
T6 Loebs, Gary / Agle, Rich 70-72---142
T6 Oyervides, Rick / Wood, Oren 71-71---142
T10 Daniel, Tony / Wilson, Frank Jr. 71-72---143
T10 Eichenberg, Steven / Gourley, Gordon 71-72---143
T10 Forrest, Dallah / Turner, Kyle 73-70---143
T13 Barnette, Perry / Edgar, Ric 72-72---144
T13 Calkins, Mike / Olsen, Dick 73-71---144
T15 Roddey, Mike / Westcott, Larry 71-74---145
T15 Johnson, Jeryl / Ramage, Gary 73-72---145
T15 Tutterow, Winn / York, Mo 71-74---145
18 Buddin, Charles / Hardy, Donald 71-75---146
19 Bradham, Jimmy / Price, Jerry 73-75---148
T20 Dameron, Jim / Edwards, Al 72-77---149
T20 Arrants, Ray Jr / Babb, Perrin 73-76---149
T22 Hiott, Marc / Tooke, Doug 72-WD---WD
T22 Sylvan, Gus / Todd, T.D. 71-WD---WD
T22 Padgette, Joe / Johnson, Randy 71-WD---WD
Second Flight
1 Post, Jim / Stubbs, Danny 75-68---143
2 Turner, Paul / Williams, Vince 76-69---145
T3 Hannon, Vic / Stringer, Bob 74-72---146
T3 Potter, Bob L / Cook, Gary 74-72---146
T5 Craft, Charles / Johnston, Rex 74-74---148
T5 Cuttino, Coty / Henderson, Barnaby 76-72---148
T7 Cibulsky, Bob / Tener, Martin 77-73---150
T7 Banks, Ken / Little, Jerry 76-74---150
T9 Lawrence, Dan / Vann, John 78-73---151
T9 Guise, Keith / Libro, Pat 78-73---151
11 Murphy, Robert / Young, Gibby 78-74---152
12 Lamb, Terry / Slater, Jack 78-75---153
13 Bishop, Bill / Copeland, James 77-77---154
14 Orcutt, Ken / Tilson, Hugh 77-78---155
T15 Mooney, Tommy / McGowan, Wayne 74-WD---WD
T15 Isgett, Sam / Davis, Mike 74-WD---WD