Cornelius Four-Time Men's Champion At Great Cove
Brett Cornelius overcame a five-stroke deficit going into the final round of the Great Cove Golf Club's men's championship Sunday to win his third consecutive and fourth overall title.
Leading going into the third and final round, Matt Hale stumbled on the front nine, giving Cornelius a three-shot lead heading into the back nine. Hale was able to reconnect with his game on the back nine, sending the two players to the 16th tee tied.
Cornellius parred the 16th while Hale made a bogie, putting Cornelius in the lead. Both players parred the par five 17th hole to keep Cornelius with a one stroke lead.
While Hale's approach shot to the 18th hole found the green, Cornelius' ball landed in the left rough in front of the green. Cornelius was able to close the door on a playoff when he chipped in to birdie the 18th and final hole of the tournament.
Cornelius finished the tournament with a 225 stroke total to Hale's second place 227. Cornelius shot rounds of 74, 79 and 72, with Hale shooting 75, 73 and 79.
Cornelius was 17 when he won his first men's championship in 1994.
Gerald Feister took the championship flight's thirdplace spot with a 233 total, shooting rounds of 77, 77 and 79.
Fourth place went to Stephen Cortis with a 234 total with rounds of 75, 79 and 80.
Winners in first-flight action were Larry Lecompte, 232; Ron Blair, who shot a 240 for second place; Scott Cromer, 248, in third; and Lucus Carbaugh and Mallory Cortis tied for fourth with 252.
Emmert Banzhoff shot a 260 total to win the second flight, followed by Carl Paylor with a 263. Kenny Welsh scored a 264 to take third place and Harmon Russell won fourth with a 266.