Mike Greer and Tom Jungkind once again will have their names engraved on the State Senior Four Ball Championship trophy.
However, they didn’t have it all their way as when they made the turn in Sunday’s final round they had been passed by playing partners Flip Bradley of Huntsville and Madison’s Bill Moquin. But Greer and Jungkind were able to play a strong back nine and ended up winning by two at beautiful Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club in Killen.
Greer of Birmingham and Jungkind of Bessemer also won this state championship in 2011 and 2012. This year they posted rounds of 66-66-67–199, for a 17-under-par total, with Bradley and Moquin two back (69-65-67–201).
Timothy Creasy and Tony Olive, both of Florence, 68-67-67–202, finished third.
Jungkind and Greer reached the turn in one-under and were one back of Moquin and Bradley, but then Greer made birdie on 13 to pull level and Jungkind put away the win with birdies on Nos. 15, 16 and 17.
“We stayed steady and stayed in it, even though we weren’t making birdies, we knew they would come if we stayed patient,” Jungkind said.
“Mike was playing solid and my game came together in the last six holes or so.”
Greer and Jungkind have played a lot of golf together and against each other for three decades or so. Suffice to say, they know each other’s game’s very well.
“We can club off each other and Mike is one of the best golfers in the state. I felt like we wouldn’t be fighting to make many pars,” Jungkind added.
Greer attended the nearby University of North Alabama, as did his son Jake, and they both played on the golf team. He knows Turtle Point well.
“We have had good success together, but winning never gets old. That’s why we play. To be in contention, to feel the juices flow, to feel our hearts pumping and we always come to try to win,” Greer said.
Both players were universal in the praise of Turtle Point.
“This place is as good as anywhere in Alabama,” Greer said. “Plus the weather and course conditions were absolutely perfect.”
This marked the final Alabama Golf Association championship of another highly successful season.
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