Trailing by seven strokes on the last day of play, Rick Schuller and Frank Ferguson put together a bogey-free 27 holes to come back and win the 2017 Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Championship at Salisbury Country Club by two strokes.
The pair finished with a 13-under-95 for the second round and a two-day total 196 and in the first round, Schuller and Ferguson were in third place with a 27-hole score of 101. At the end of the tournament, they led the field with 51 holes of par-or-better and also had 21 birdies.
The impressive 4-under during the alternate shot portion of the round gave Schuller and Ferguson a strong jump in the leaderboard.
“I thought if we could play a decent round and not have any bogeys we would be fine,” Schuller said. “It always comes down to the alternate shot and we were awesome today during that portion with four birdies.”
Round one leaders Chip Sullivan and Kenny Clark started the second day with a strong 6-under nine-hole scramble, but their final nine holes in the alternate-shot format resulted in four bogeys, dropping them behind Schuller and Ferguson.
“I personally thought we were playing for second place,” Schuller said. “Chip and Kenny are such good players and the way they played yesterday was so rare to see a six-stroke lead in a team event. Hats off to them for that round.”
“To me, the Matt Miskelly Team Championship is the most fun event of the year,” Ferguson said. “It’s a great end to the season and I look forward to it every year.”
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