Hess team erases 3 stroke deficit to win 4-ball scramble
Even body English wasn’t enough for a birdie putt to curl into the cup for Chuck Steffens on Saturday. Playing partners looking on are Phil Steffens (left) and Matt Clinton.
By Rod Haxton, editor
Trailing by three strokes with 16 holes remaining, the team of Tyler Hess, John Hess, Justin Miller and Justin Unruh played the remainder of Sunday’s round 15-under-par to win the Scott City Four-Ball Tournament.
The Hess team went on a scoring binge during that 16 hole stretch with 13 birdies and an eagle to finish the two-day tournament with a 108 total - or 28-under-par.
They needed every bit of that for a narrow two stroke win over the team of Stephen Prewit, Ben Spare, Chris Irvin and David Heyd.
The Prewit team was the tournament leader with a 55 following Saturday’s play. That put them one shot ahead of the Hess team and the team of Ron Baker, Evan Wessel, Devlin Mull and Gage Ihrig.
Sunday’s action turned into a two-team dual.
Prewit’s team extended its lead to two strokes over the Baker team and three strokes over the Hess team after a birdie on the first hole and an eagle on the par-five second hole to start Sunday’s round.
The Hess team pulled even with a birdie on the par-three eighth hole and took the lead with a deuce on the three-par third hole during their final round.
Birdies on holes five and seven extended the Hess lead to three strokes with only two holes remaining.
The Prewit team was along in second place with a 110 shot total while three teams were tied for third place at 112.
There were 40 teams competing in the tournament.
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