Match Play Season Returns
For the fifth year in a row, the Match Play season officially kicked off at Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 17. This year’s field of 47 players is the largest the Section has ever had.
What began as a chilly morning quickly became the perfect day for golf. The sun was shining, and the course was in great condition.
After the qualifying round, Gary Christian and Paul McClure claimed the top seeds. They were the only two to finish the Qualifying Round under par, shooting 1-under-par 70.
Caleb Maraman, Andrew Peyton, and Jacob Greer all finished even par to take the No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 seeds, respectively. Paul Reid, Tee Brown, and Dawson Mounce tied for sixth with a 2-over-par 73.
After lunch, the 32-player bracket was set, and the golfers returned to the course for the first-round matches.
The First Round winners included Gary Christian, Jordan DeBonis, Clay Brown, Glenn Garnett, Andrew Peyton, Dominic Diaz, Jacob Greer, Elliott Jones, Paul McClure, Jeff Copeland, Tee Brown, Brad Story, Caleb Maraman, Jeff Jordan, Cameron McCareeth, and Cory Etter.
Players who advanced to the Second Round will have until May 31 to complete their matches which will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon location and yardage by both players.
The Alabama – NW Florida Section is looking forward to the upcoming matches and will crown its 2023 Match Play champion in August.
Thank you to our host PGA Professionals, Paul Reid and Andrew Peyton, and the rest of the Indian Hills C. C. staff for their hospitality!