Final 67 caps Reed Weatherford's win at Beaufort City golf championships

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comJuly 29, 2013 

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Reed Weatherford tees off from No. 10 during the final round of the Beaufort City Men's Championship Sunday morning at Fripp Island Resort's Ocean Creek Course.

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Before joining friends in the lunch line Sunday, Reed Weatherford returned to his golf cart and called his wife, Cherimie, who is more than 26 weeks pregnant and had texted for updates during the round.

The newly minted Beaufort City champion, who closed with a 4-under-par 67 at Ocean Creek Golf Club to win by five shots, doesn't play much tournament golf. Fishing tournaments fall during the same season. And a new job keeps him from much practice.

The 30-year-old head professional at Sanctuary Club will soon add fatherhood to the list of priorities ahead of playing golf. But he showed this past weekend at Fripp Island just how polished his game could look when he is swinging well.

"I don't practice much, don't put the time in," Weatherford said. "Just up and hit it good all weekend this weekend. There are some good players."

Weatherford closed with an eagle on the final hole, his third of the tournament, to finish 9 under. He pulled away from challenger Terry Lanning only on the final two holes, after averting a potential meltdown on the par-5 16th.

The hole is Weatherford's nemesis. The former Fripp Island assistant pro has seen that tee shot plenty. He still doesn't like it.

"I hate that hole," Weatherford said. "I've screwed up more rounds of golf on that hole than any hole on the planet. I don't know why."

With a two-shot lead and needing to find the fairway, Weatherford instead popped his 3-wood straight up and to the right. The ball caromed back in bounds, only to drop in a water hazard not far from the tee box.

But Weatherford took his drop, ripped a 3-iron down the fairway and made par from there to preserve his lead. Lanning three-putted the next hole to end any threat.

The water is probably a big reason why the Beaufort High School graduate returned after attending Presbyterian College. Even while talking about his Sunday round, Weatherford paused to advise a fellow golfer where to launch his boat at high tide, and which oyster rakes to work.

He has a knack for golf though. He played in high school for the Eagles, thought about walking on for the Blue Hose and then made the game his living when he went to work on Fripp Island.

His easy-going, powerful swing allowed him to attack many of the resort's holes with a 3-iron. He thought about pulling the club on 16 before settling for an easy 3-wood.

Benji Gecy, playing in the final group after a first-round 70, told Weatherford on the way to the tee of his two-shot lead.

Lanning had started fast, 4 under his first four holes, and went out in 31. But Weatherford kept pace.

Lanning couldn't muster another run the final nine holes and shot 68. The 46-year-old Beaufort resident and former Haig Point professional said he prefers the Ocean Point layout from Round 1, likes the wind and tough conditions.

"I held it together pretty good for as little as I've been playing," he said. "I was pleased."

Beaufort City Championship

Final round at Ocean Creek Golf Club, Fripp Island

par 71

Overall champion

Reed Weatherford 67-67--134

Championship (amateur) flight

Terry Lanning 71-68 --139

Benji Gecy 70-72 --142

Gavin Lindstrom 71-77 --148

J.D. Hoft 78-71--149

Todd Stone 81-74 --155

Keaton Butler 80-76 --156

Jerry Ross 80-77--157

Jeff Abrams 82-76 --158

Don Johnson 80-79 --159

Ernie Taylor 80-79 --159

Jim Manning 82-79 --161

Brian Fox 79-82 --161

Professional flight

Reed Weatherford 67-67 --134

Char Cormier 73-71-- 144

Jeff Pinkney 75-72 --147

Randy Glover 72-77 --149

Zach Campbell 79-73 --152

Matt Johnson 79-89 --158

Tyler Mishler 85-82 --167

Second flight

Corey Johnson 85-75 --160

John Sweinhart 83-80 --163

Neal McCarty 83-85 --168

Lewis Turner 88-81 --169

Tommy Earl 84-86 --170

Bob Bicknell 95-81 --176

Grady Winstead 89-87 --176

Todd Taylor 95-84 --179

Chris Connelly 87-94 --181

John Hillebrand 97-93 --190

Jim Lathren 104-105 --209

Senior flight

Jon Verity 72-66 --138

Mike Marusha 71-81 --152

Chuck Hinners 76-77 --153

Belton McCarty 77-77 --154

Phil Weber 76-81 --157

Dan McCormick 83-75 --158

Dennis Robinson 81-80 --161

Dab Lambert 79-86 --165

Mike Kamradt 83-84 --167

George Schnurr 86-82 --168

Jay Hillebrand 87-83 --170

Joseph Macchia 82-88 --170

Doug Hart 88-85 --173

David Ohrn 87-86 --173

Phil Kelly 95-83 --178

Brent Cooper 89-100 --189

Rich Snow 102-94 --196

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