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Flanagan and Gale Take US Dubs
Charlotte area residents Matt “Farmer” Flanagan and Ron Gale used a nifty 56 (-12) at Winthrop Gold in Rock Hill S.C. to come back and win the US Amateur Doubles Championship.
Three back from the lead prior to Sunday’s round, Flanagan, 36, of Davidson, N.C., and Gale, 48, of Charlotte poured it on during the captain’s choice format and won by four strokes over Dennis Moore and Kevin Peterson, who had started five back of prior leaders Walton Satcher and Lee Jones.
The winning duo said the combination of Flanagan’s sidearm, Gale’s backhand, and being able to bail the other out when needed did the trick for the three round tournament.
“We didn’t let anything faze us,” said Gale after the final round.
TD Adam Searle of Dynamic Discs, who was pleased Winthrop’s wind never picked up, had figured that (-10) would do it today, and was later impressed to see them go lower.
Their only trouble spot on Sunday came on hole 11 where they double bogeyed the par 4. Besides three pars, all others were birdies, they said.
Hole 5 they threw three discs in the lake and still got their birdie, they said.
“No wind helped us out big time,” said Flanagan.
Still, Flanagan’s forearm was finding nearly every line and Gale nailed the pair’s putts. Putting first, Gale didn’t give Flanagan many chances to clean-up their putts.
“There was one point where he (Flanagan) said I hadn’t putted in seven or eight holes,” said Gale.
On the home stretch, Flanagan started to sense the possibilities of their special round.
“Hole 15, I knew we had a shot because I heard the top card had a few bad holes,” said Flanagan, but he kept quiet so he wouldn’t disturb Gale’s rhythm.
After the round, Flanagan seemed quite satisfied with the day’s turnout as he went over the holes in his head. One parked sidearm after the other.
“He drove like a madman,” said Gale of Flanagan.