October 21, 2013

Noll plays well, but Peach State falls in 'Challenge'

David Noll Jr. had a successful weekend at the Southeastern Challenge Match, but unfortunately for the Dalton golfer, Georgia wound up second in the three-way competition that also included Florida and Alabama.

Florida’s 25 points were good for a one-point victory over the Peach State, while Alabama (14) was third in the two-day competition at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton.

This competition featured the top male amateurs from the three states. The first day included two rounds — one round of four-ball match play in the morning and one round of foursomes (two against two, playing alternate shot) in the afternoon — while the second day consisted of 12 three-ball matches.

Noll was victorious in all of his action. On Saturday morning, he teamed with Roswell’s Billy Mitchell for a 2 and 1 win against Florida’s Dan Debra and Don Whittemore in four-ball competition. In the afternoon, Noll and Mitchell topped Alabama’s Bo Farlow and Stan Sherlin 4 and 3 in foursome competition.

Florida had 11.5 points after Saturday, while Georgia had 9.5 and Alabama had 6. Noll won in three-ball competition Sunday, topping Alabama’s Farlow, 3 and 2, and Florida’s Whittemore, 5 and 4, but Georgia came up short in its effort to rally.

Florida leads the all-time series with seven victories. Georgia has six wins and Alabama has one.

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