Jeff Curl goes for back-to-back victories at the EGOLF Tarheel Tour Championship at Spring Creek Golf Club
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
This week’s EGOLF Tarheel Tour Championship features two polar opposites atop a world-class leaderboard in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. Jeff Curl and Matt Davidson could not be less alike, but tomorrow they will try to claim the $34,000 first-place prize as they share the lead heading into Saturday’s final round.
Curl, who won last week’s Walnut Creek Open in Goldsboro, NC, is brash, confident, aggressive and long. He will tell you how good he is playing and more times than not he will back it up. Davidson, on the other hand, is reserved, unassuming, plotting and accurate. He is the proverbial silent assassin who lets his clubs do the talking. The two players play a game the other is unfamiliar with, yet they find themselves in the final pairing and eyeing one of developmental golf’s largest prizes.
Curl, who calls Charlotte, NC home these days, played his second round at Spring Creek Golf Club in Gordonsville on Friday and capitalized amidst wet conditions with a 4-under 68 after carding three birdies in his first six holes on a track playing closer to 7,700 yards than the measured 7,264.
Curl has had his father Rod on his bag for the past two weeks and it is certainly paying dividends. The 1974 Colonial Invitation winner convinced his son to lay up on the final hole last week and play for par – a strategy that obviously worked well. This week, his fatherly advice has his son in position to be arguably the hottest player at any site in the next few weeks as PGA Tour Qualifying School begins across the country.
Davidson, who lives in Chapel Hill, NC, is at a point in his career where he is just happy to be playing good golf after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in January. The former PGA Tour player fired a 4-under 68 at Stoney Creek Golf Club at Wintergreen Resort on Friday and reflected on some short game practice that must be paying off.
The soft-spoken Davidson tied the day’s low round at Spring Creek with a 66 on Thursday, so heading back there for the final round is something he is surely looking forward to.
Steve Gangluff and Matt Chandler, who both played their Friday rounds at Stoney Creek, sit tied for third through 36 holes at 7-under 137. Gangluff, whose wife is from nearby Staunton, recorded the day’s low round on either course with a 6-under 66 in conditions suited more for the NFL playoffs than championship golf. For Chandler, a second-round 67 has the Moneta, VA resident in prime position in what is only his second start of the year on the EGOLF Tarheel Tour.
First-round leader Luke List found the going rough on Friday with a second-round 77 that dropped him into a tie for 16th.
The results from the EGOLF Tarheel Tour Championship, being played this week at Stoney Creek Golf Club at Wintergreen Resort and Spring Creek Golf Club:
1. Jeff Curl, Ellington, CT, *66-68-134 -10
1. Matt Davidson, Chapel Hill, NC, *66-68-134 -10
3. Steve Gangluff, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *71-66-137 -7
3. Matt Chandler, Moneta, VA, *70-67-137 -7
5. Ted Brown, Richmond, VA, *67-71-138 -6
6. Dane Burkhart, Aiken, SC, *68-71-139 -5
6. Bobby MacWhinnie, Pittsburgh, PA, *68-71-139 -5
8. Will Mc Girt, Boiling Springs, SC, *68-72-140 -4
8. Martin Ureta, Chile, *70-70-140 -4
8. Daryl Chappell, Southerland, VA, *66-74-140 -4
8. Jonathan Moore, Vancouver, WA, *70-70-140 -4
12. Chris Gallagher, West Chester, PA, *70-71-141 -3
12. Alex Hamilton, Aiken, SC, *72-69-141 -3
12. Kyle Bradley , North Augusta, SC, *72-69-141 -3
12. Jeffrey Castle, Nottingham, MD, *70-71-141 -3