Hall goes up to nine for Reynolds Senior Invitational title
Chris Hall is back in the winner’s circle after topping the leaderboard at the Reynolds Senior Invitational at Oconee Lake in Greensboro, Georgia.
It was an impressive ranking. Rusty Strawn and Tom Lape were playing their last event before heading to the Kittansett Club for the US Senior Amateur this weekend. Lape was the only under par player to start the final round after shooting 70 and 71 the first two days. Hall was tied at three strokes.
Allen Peake and Strawn also both sat in a tie going into the final round. It was a thoroughbred run, and Hall jumped off the gates with three straight birdies as Lape stumbled on his first four holes, bogeying on holes Nos. 3 and 4.
However, Hall, who won the Geranium Senior Invitational in 2018, showed some nerves after his meteoric start; he made bogeys on holes 4, 5 and 7 to return to par. He stabilized and chained three more birdies on holes 11-13. The Acworth, Georgia man was back at 3 under par as Lape fell back after shooting a 37 on the front nine. It wasn’t in the cards for Lape, as he finished with a 75.
Strawn and Peake, accustomed to trophy shots, couldn’t find rhythm in their heats and finished tied for fourth and sixth, respectively.
From the back of the field, Mike Combs made the most noise in the stretch and finished in second place. His third round included a fault – a bogey on the eighth hole. He landed an eagle and three birdies before shooting a 68.
It wasn’t enough to catch Hall, the two-time senior amateur champion from Georgia.
Randy King was the only under par player in the super senior division after going 71-70-74. Mike Poe finished in second place three strokes off the pace at 2 over par. Mark Benefield, fresh off his super senior North and South victory, finished in third place.
Phil Pavoni shot an impressive closing 69 and made up four shots on the last three holes with birdies on holes 16 and 17 as his competitor Ernie Venet double-bogeyed on the 16th hole. That swing was enough to give Pavoni a three-stroke win with a 2-under-par total score.
Jack Ramsey was the only golfer to stand between a second division-winning Pavoni at the Reynold Invitational. Ramsey beat Joe Pavoni by four strokes. A birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie stretch on holes 9-12 was the highlight of round three and left him with plenty of confidence on the stretch, as he played the last four holes in 4- over by.
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Formerly known as the Geranium Senior Invitational, it is a 54-hole stroke play tournament for National Seniors with four divisions: Senior, Super Senior, Legend and Grand Master.
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