Scott Feaster drains long birdie putt on first four-way playoff hole to win at Grand Harbor
Monday August 7th, 2017: Heading into the final 2 rounds at Grand Harbor, Columbia native Scott Feaster found himself 6 shots behind the leader. After posting a 3rd round 6-under 66, Feaster climbed up the leaderboard but still found himself 5 shots back. Feaster fired a final round 6-under 66 to post 13-under and the clubhouse lead. Feaster who shot 1-under for the first 2 rounds, went on to play his final 36 holes in 12-under. During his final round, Feaster made a bogey on 4 but bounced back with birdies on 5 and 7, and then an eagle on 8. Feaster then made a birdie on 11, but dropped a shot on 15. He bounced back on 16 for birdie and then hit a 7 iron into the par 5 18th to 12 feet and made his putt for eagle to post 13-under. .
After the final group all bogeyed the par 3 17th, Feaster found himself in a 3 way tie for the lead. On the 18th hole Daniel Claytor made a birdie to get to 13-under while Luke Hopkins and Chas Narramore both made par to remain at 13-under, resulting in a four-way playoff.
On the first playoff hole all players hit the fairway and green in regulation and all had over 15 feet for birdie. Feaster was the furthest away and made his putt for birdie while the other 3 players missed earning the win at our 3rd Major at The Patriot at Grand Harbor. Feaster earned his 3rd career SwingThought TOUR victory. He also earned a Bradley Putters experience, and a Popticals prize package.
2-time 2017 winner Daniel Claytor entered the final round with a 1 shot lead over Chas Narramore, and a 2 shot lead over Luke Hopkins, Anthony Maccaglia, and Nicholas Reach. Claytor opened with a front 9 1-over 37. Claytor then birdied 12, 13, and 14 to get to 14-under par. After bogies on the par 3 15th, and par 3 17th, Claytor found himself at 12-under and 1 shot back. He birdied the short par 5 18th to get to 13-under and get a spot in the playoff.
Chas Narramore opened his final round with a 2-under 34 front 9. He played his final 9 holes at even par making 3 birdies and 3 bogeys. Narramore didn’t make his first par on the back 9 until hole 14. Narramore birdied 10, and 12, but made bogey on 11, and 13 to fall back to 2 under on the day. After a birdie on 16, Narramore made another bogey on 17 to finish at 13-under.
Luke Hopkins started the final round 2 shots behind Claytor, and birdied the 1st hole. After a bogey on 4, Hopkins birdied the par 5 8th to post a front 9 1-under 35. Hopkins then birdied 11, 14, and 16 to get to 14-under. After a bogey on the par 3 17th and par on 18. Hopkins also posted 13-under.
Rounding out the Top-5 were Ryan Troyer and Anthony Maccaglia at 11-under. Troyer posted a final round 2-under 70 to earn his 2nd Top-5 of the year. Anthony Maccaglia shot a final round 1-under to finish tied for 5th.
The round of the day belonged to Collin Ho. Ho who started his final round at 1-under par for the tournament birdied 1, and 3. After a bogey on 4, Ho birdied 6 and then eagled hole 8. Ho then made a bogey on 10, but bounced back with a birdie on 12, an eagle on 13, and another birdie on 14. After another bogey on 15, Ho made birdie on the par 5 18th to post a 7-under 65.
The SwingThought TOUR would like to give our deepest gratitude to Craig Malone and his great staff at The Patriot at Grand Harbor for all the help. The course was in fantastic shape and players loved the way it played. We would like to also thank the Grand Harbor community for the hospitality they showed to all the staff and players, and for hosting some of our players for the week. The SwingThought TOUR also thanks its sponsors Popticals, and Bradley Putters for providing prize packages to our winner.
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