Local Golf Notebook, Feb. 21: Witcher takes lead in eGolf Tour's Oldfield Open

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Local Golf Notebook, Feb. 21: Witcher takes lead in eGolf Tour's Oldfield Open

From staff reports
Published Thursday, February 21, 2013   |  2088 Words  |  

Brent Witcher opened his week at the eGolf Tour's Oldfield Open with a course-record 6-under 66 at co-host Callawassie Island Club, and will take a one-shot lead over Canadian Cam Burke heading into Thursday's second round of the 72-hole event.

The Oldfield Open is the second of 24 scheduled events on the 2013 eGolf Tour schedule, and is being contested this week at both Oldfield Country Club and Callawassie Island Club (Dogwood/Magnolia) in Okatie, SC.

Witcher began his day on the closing nine of the scenic Callawassie Island Club layout, posting eight pars and a birdie at the par-4 14th en route to a 1-under 35.

"I wasn't making anything for the first 11 holes, I even bogeyed 11 with a wedge in my hand," said Witcher, 27. "After that, I told myself that I needed to get something going soon, because par wasn't going to get it done out there."

Birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 led to an eagle at the short par-5 15th, and suddenly Witcher was at 5-under for the day and tied for the lead. A long approach from the right rough on the arduous par-4 16th gave him yet another short birdie try, which he converted to move to 6-under for his round.

"The greens were so fast out there (13 on the stimpmeter), it took me a while to get the speed right without running every putt 4 feet past the hole," he said.

Pars on Nos. 17 and 18 gave the former Valdosta State star a closing 5-under 31, and left him atop the leaderboard at 6-under for the day. All told, Witcher played his final seven holes in 6-under par to grab the day one lead.

Witcher, the 2009 Division II National Player of the Year, was a member of the Web.com Tour in 2012. He'll move to tournament host Oldfield Country Club for today's second round.


Saravit Kerdsinchai of Thailand, a full-time student at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, fired back-to-back rounds of 78 to edge Hilton Head Island's Will Miles by four strokes in the Boys 15-19 Division last weekend at the International Junior Golf Tour's two-day, 36-hole event last weekend at Kiawah Island Resort

In the Boys Under 14 Division, Alejandro Santibanez of Mexico, also a Hank Haney IJGA student, posted rounds of 77 and 79 defeat classmate Will Thomson of New York by one stroke, while Ana Paula Valdes of Mexico, a full-time Hank Haney IJGA student, shot 73 and 77 to defeat classmate Phimnipha Wongwaiwate of Thailand by five strokes.


The International Junior Golf Tour Georgia Junior , a two-day, 36-hole junior tournament, will be held Saturday and Sunday at The Club at Savannah Harbour.


The Heritage Classic Foundation will host AJGA Southeast regional manager Lindsay Dodge in its offices on Hilton Head Island. The Heritage Classic Foundation has partnered with the AJGA since 1994 to bring tournaments to Hilton Head and provide support to junior golf initiatives.

"It is the perfect fit," Heritage Classic Foundation executive director Steve Wilmot said. "We warmly welcome Lindsay and the AJGA into our offices and hope it will continue to strengthen the relationship between both organizations."


* Charles Waller hit a hole-in-one Feb. 16 on the seventh hole at Moss Creek's North Course. He used a 6 rescue club. Witnesses were Paul Juenger, Paul Schulz, and Dave Dahl.

  • Keith Sale hit a hole-in-one Feb. 10 on the 17th hole at The Golf Club at Indigo Run.
  • Vern Conway hit a hole-in-one Feb. 9 on the 17th hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. Witnesses were Jan Dalziel, Pete Haste, and Bart DePascale.
  • Chuck Watts hit a hole-in-one Feb. 14 on the second hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. He used a 9-iron. Witnesses were Jerry Steggerda, Andy Corcoran, and John Aukema.
  • eGolf Pro Tour Oldfield Open

    Through Saturday

    At Oldfield Country Club (OC) and Callawassie Island Club-Dogwood/Magnolia (CI)

    First round

    1. Brent Witcher (CI) 66

    2 Cam Burke (OC) 67

    T3. Daniel Woltman (CI) 68

    T3. Harold Varner (OC) 68

    T3. Ryan Nelson (CI) 68

    T3. Birgir Hafthorsson (OC) 68

    T3. Olafur Loftsson (OC) 68

    T8. Jonathan Cox (OC) 69

    T8. Jesse Smith (OC) 69

    T8. Jack Fields (CI) 69

    T8. Barrett Kelpin (OC) 69

    T8. David Erdy (OC) 69

    T8. Stephen Poole (CI) 69

    T8. Bryan Pierce (OC) 69

    T8. Bobby MacWhinnie (CI) 69

    T8. Brett Munson (CI) 69

    T17. Matt Eschenburg (OC) 70

    T17. Tommy Biershenk (OC) 70

    T17. John-Tyler Griffin (CI) 70

    T17. Chip Lynn (OC) 70

    T17. Lanto Griffin (OC) 70

    T17. Paul Woodbury (OC) 70

    T23. Garland Green (OC) 71

    T23. Jake Amos (OC) 71

    T23. Chris Epperson (OC) 71

    T23. Fielding Brewbaker (OC) 71

    T23. Ryan Blaum (OC) 71

    T23. Seamus Power (CI) 71

    T23. Chris Baker (CI) 71

    T23. Kevin McLister (CI) 71

    T23. David May (CI) 71

    T23. Peter Malnati (OC) 71

    T23. Will Golden (OC) 71

    T23. Daniel Bowden (OC) 71

    T23. Sam Beach (CI) 71

    T36. Adam Mitchell (OC) 72

    T36. Taylor Floyd (OC) 72

    T36. Mitchell Krywulycz (OC) 72

    T36. Vaita Guillaume (OC) 72

    T36. Ryan Gildersleeve (CI) 72

    T36. Joshua Brock (CI) 72

    T36. Michael Shrader (CI) 72

    T36. McCuen Elmore (CI) 72

    T36. Cole Claassen (CI) 72

    T36. Joey McLister (CI) 72

    T36. Conrad Shindler (OC) 72

    T36. Jake Johnson (CI) 72

    T36. Amory Davis (CI) 72

    T36. Paul Ferrier (OC) 72

    T50. Fergal Rafferty (OC) 73

    T50. David Robinson (OC) 73

    T50. Bruce Woodall (OC) 73

    T50. Matthew Ryan (CI) 73

    T50. Travis Ross (OC) 73

    T50. MacKenzie Hughes (CI) 73

    T50. Ryan Carter (OC) 73

    T50. Ben Lee (CI) 73

    T58. Jonas Enander Hedin (CI) 74

    T58. Chris Gallagher (CI) 74

    T58. Stefan Wiedergruen (CI) 74

    T58. Jacob Eggers (OC) 74

    T58. Wills Smith (CI) 74

    T58. Thomas Smith (CI) 74

    T58. Charlie Winegardner (OC) 74

    T58. Tom Murtagh (OC) 74

    T58. Raphael Marguery (CI) 74

    T58. Rhett Colbrese (CI) 74

    T58. Ricky McDonald (CI) 74

    T58. Drew Weaver (OC) 74

    T58. Christian Brand (OC) 74

    T58. Tim Hegarty (CI) 74

    T58. Joel Hendry (CI) 74

    T58. Rob Bennett (OC) 74

    T58. Robbie Greenwell (CI) 74

    T58. Tripp McAllister (OC) 74

    T58. Wes Worster (CI) 74

    T58. Scott Usher (OC) 74

    T58. Preston Dembowiak (OC) 74

    T79. Brad Arrington (OC) 75

    T79. Will Collins (CI) 75

    T79. Timothy Madigan (CI) 75

    T79. Brandon Cobb (OC) 75

    T79. Andy Bare (OC) 75

    T79. Cedomir (a) Ilic (CI) 75

    T79. Ryan Sullivan (OC) 75

    T79. Tadd Fujikawa (CI) 75

    T79. Tanner Ervin (CI) 75

    T79. Frank Adams III (CI) 75

    T79. Nick Bova (CI) 75

    T79. Marshall Pickett (OC) 75

    T91. Thomas Curtis (CI) 76

    T91. Adam Long (OC) 76

    T91. Jon Kennedy (OC) 76

    T91. Damian Telles (CI) 76

    T91. Lee Heaton (CI) 76

    T91. Andrew (a) Jacobson (CI) 76

    T91. James White (OC) 76

    T91. Dustin Bray (CI) 76

    T91. Mark Purrington (CI) 76

    T91. Rex Riley (OC) 76

    T101. T.J. Howe (OC) 77

    T101. Clark Klaasen (CI) 77

    T101. Brad Benjamin (OC) 77

    T101. Nikolai Kovalevskiy (OC) 77

    T101. Jordan Walor (OC) 77

    T101. Gregg LaVoie (OC) 77

    T101. Rafael Campos (CI) 77

    T101. George Bryan IV (OC) 77

    T101. Matt Schall (CI) 77

    T110. Martin Jeppesen (OC) 78

    T110. Brent Delahoussaye (OC) 78

    T110. Eric Shriver (CI) 78

    T110. Jordan Russell (OC) 78

    T114. Christian Koenig (CI) 79

    T114. Bret Carroll (OC) 79

    T114. Jacob Burger (OC) 79

    T114. Chris McCartin (OC) 79

    T114. Tommy Gibson (CI) 79

    T114. Charlie Gross (OC) 79

    T114. David Hilgers (OC) 79

    T121. Colby Wilson (CI) 80

    T121. Carlos Ahumada (OC) 80

    T121. Travis Stewart (CI) 80

    T124. Mickey (a) Werenski (OC) 81

    T124. Marc Cohen (OC 81

    T126. Daniel Zimmerman (CI) 82

    T126. Robert McDade (CI) 82

    T126. Matthew Jones (OC) 82

    T129. Preston Flick (CI) 84

    T129 Jarred Bossio (CI) 84

    T131. Tyler Dice (CI) 85

    T131. Thomas Joiner (CI) 85

    133. Davis Lee (CI) 86

    134. Matt Geslin (CI) 87

    135. Trevor Sahn (OC) 89

    136. Robert Chambers (OC) 90

    Round 2 Tee Times

    Callawassie Island Club, Dogwood/Magnolia

    No. 1

    8 a.m.: Tommy Biershenk, Harold Varner, Andy Bare

    8:10 a.m.: Chip Lynn, Travis Ross, Lanto Griffin

    8:20 a.m.: Conrad Shindler, Will Golden, Olafur Loftsson

    8:30 a.m.: Daniel Bowden, Bryan Pierce, Ryan Carter

    8:40 a.m.: Marc Cohen, Carlos Ahumada, Preston Dembowiak

    8:50 a.m.: David Hilgers, Paul Ferrier, Robert Chambers

    9 a.m.: Matt Eschenburg, Taylor Floyd, Martin Jeppesen

    9:10 a.m.: David Robinson, Mitchell Krywulycz, Jonathan Cox

    9:20 a.m.: Chris Epperson, Fielding Brewbaker

    9:30 a.m.: Vaita Guillaume, Ryan Blaum, Brad Arrington

    9:40 a.m.: David Erdy, Tom Murtagh, Nikolai Kovalevskiy

    9:50 a.m.: Jacob Burger, Mickey (a) Werenski, Brandon Cobb

    No. 10

    8 a.m.: Drew Weaver, James White, Ryan Sullivan

    8:10 a.m.: Christian Brand, Peter Malnati, Chris McCartin

    8:20 a.m.: Jordan Russell, George Bryan IV, Birgir Hafthorsson

    8:30 a.m.: Rob Bennett, Paul Woodbury, Tripp McAllister

    8:40 a.m.: Scott Usher, Charlie Gross, Marshall Pickett

    8:50 a.m.: Trevor Sahn, Matthew Jones, Rex Riley

    9 a.m.: Fergal Rafferty, Cam Burke, Adam Mitchell

    9:10 a.m.: T.J. Howe, Garland Green, Jake Amos

    9:20 a.m.: Bruce Woodall, Jesse Smith, Brent Delahoussaye

    9:30 a.m.: Jacob Eggers, Brad Benjamin, Adam Long

    9:40 a.m.: Barrett Kelpin, Charlie Winegardner, Jon Kennedy

    9:50 a.m.: Bret Carroll, Jordan Walor, Gregg LaVoie

    Oldfield Country Club

    No. 1

    8 a.m.: Stephen Poole, Joey McLister, John-Tyler Griffin

    8:10 a.m.: Tanner Ervin, Dustin Bray, MacKenzie Hughes

    8:20 a.m.: Tommy Gibson, Bobby MacWhinnie, Nick Bova

    8:30 a.m.: Jake Johnson, Travis Stewart, Ben Lee

    8:40 a.m.: Mark Purrington, Andrew Gai, Jarred Bossio

    9 a.m.: Daniel Woltman, Jonas Enander Hedin

    9:10 a.m.: Will Collins, Chris Gallagher, Daniel Zimmerman

    9:20 a.m.: Clark Klaasen, Stefan Wiedergruen, Chris Baker

    9:30 a.m.: McCuen Elmore, Thomas Smith, Brent Witcher

    9:40 a.m.: Colby Wilson, Christian Koenig, Davis Lee

    9:50 a.m.: Cole Claassen, Lee Heaton, Andrew (a) Jacobson

    No. 10

    8 a.m.: Ryan Nelson, Brian Bateman, David May

    8:10 a.m.: Tadd Fujikawa, Tyler Dice, Rafael Campos

    8:20 a.m.: Tim Hegarty, Frank Adams III, Matt Schall

    8:30 a.m.: Sam Beach, Brett Munson, Joel Hendry

    8:40 a.m.: Robbie Greenwell, Thomas Joiner, Robert McDade

    8:50 a.m.: Amory Davis, Matt Geslin, Wes Worster

    9 a.m.: Matthew Ryan, Thomas Curtis

    9:10 a.m.: Ryan Gildersleeve, Eric Shriver, Joshua Brock

    9:20 a.m.: Jack Fields, Seamus Power, Timothy Madigan

    9:30 a.m.: Wills Smith, Kevin McLister, Michael Shrader

    9:40 a.m.: Damian Telles, Raphael Marguery, Rhett Colbrese

    9:50 a.m.: Preston Flick, Ricky McDonald, Cedomir (a) Il