Short-game wizardry sparks Timuquana Cup winners

Published Sunday, May 7, 2017 8:20 am
by Garry Smits

Patrick Christovich and Jack Hall used their short-game prowess to captured their respective division titles at the sixth annual Timuquana Cup on Sunday, at the Timuquana Country Club.

Christovich, a former Tour member from New Orleans who regained his amateur status, got up and down for par on his last three holes to preserve a 72, and finished at 4-over-par 220 to defeat Butler Melnyk (73) by two shots in the mid-amateur division.

Hall, a Savannah, Ga., resident, chipped in for birdie from behind the green at the par-3 fifth hole, and went on to shoot 70, the day’s low round, and win the senior division at even-par 216. He topped another Savannah resident, Doug Hanzel (74) by five shots.

Rob Hess, the nation’s No. 1-ranked amateur super-senior player, shot 70 to win that division at 2-over 218. He defeated defending champion Steve Melnyk by four shots.

Christovich was in the right fairway bunker at No. 18 and had to lay up, He then hit a wedge to within 6 feet of the hole and made the putt. On the previous two holes, he made putts of a similar length after missing the greens.

“It’s never an easy course,” Christovich said about the historic Donald Ross design. “There a disaster waiting on every hole if you don’t stay under control.”

Although Hall won by a comfortable margin, he said the chip-in at No. 5 “was the ball game.”

Hanzel was in a similar position to Hall from behind the green, and chipped to within 2 feet.

“I could have easily hit it past the hole and had a difficult two-putt,” he said. “Doug put a lot of pressure on me with that chip.”