Six two-person teams claimed titles in the 2021 SNGA Tour Four-Ball Championship. The tournament was held Oct. 9, 2021, at the historic Boulder City Golf Course and featured 47 teams. –by Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider staff.
Scott Lytle and Kyle Meade birdied six of the nine holes on the back nine and raced to a two-shot victory in the Championship Division. For the round, the duo carded an eight-under-par 64 total.
“We had a bunch of good looks for birdie on the front nine but just couldn’t find the bottom of the hole,” Meade said. “We’ve played together a few times and we just kept saying that if we got to a certain score by a certain hole we would be good and it all worked out.”
Both have won SNGA titles in the past but this was their first team title.
“We were sitting in the airport after the state championship in August and decided we should play in this team event,” Meade said.
Meade, who birdied four of the last six holes, added Lytle’s play early was key.
“Scott really carried us,” Meade said. “When we got to 13 I finally made a 15-footer and that broke the dam for me. Scott carried us for the first two-thirds and the last third I got it together. Together we did what we were supposed to do.”
He said the course also played a huge role.
“The course was in great shape…there was no reason not to post a good score today,” Meade said. “If we didn’t birdie a hole we left ourselves with a tap-in for par. We didn’t have any pressure that we were going to make a bogey.”
Greg Pyszko and Brian Marks were the model of consistency in winning the Net crown.
The duo posted a four-under-par 32 on the front nine (including birdies on two of the first three holes) and a three-under-par 33 on the back nine in winning the title by two strokes.
“We played really well together,” Pyszko said. “On my bad holes he picked me up and on his bad holes I picked him up. Kinda just the way you’re supposed to do it in these events.”
He said the bogey-free round came as a surprise.
“We always seem to have a bogey here or there but today we didn’t have one and that was certainly key,” he said. “I had a six or seven-footer on one hole for a par and he had about the same length for par on another hole and we both made them. It just gave us both a little more confidence.”
The team has played in other events like this and Pyszko added they have learned each other’s strengths.
“Brian likes to hit first and will usually do that,” he said. “And on putts if I’m inside of his I will usually go first and try to give him a read to help out that way so he can give a birdie putt a good run.”
Glenn Hogle and Brian Frye got off to a red-hot start in winning the Senior gross crown.
Frye eagled the first hole and Hogle followed that up with a stretch of five holes where he put four birdies on the scorecard as the duo teamed up for a six-under-par 30 on the front nine.
“We just got off to a great start,” Frye said. “We were six under through the first eight holes and really ham and egged it well. We didn’t duplicate any birdies and didn’t make any bogeys.”
He said the back nine was a different story.
“If anything we got a little too relaxed,” he said. “The back nine we just didn’t make the putts we made on the front nine.”
He had a simple explanation.
“It’s just golf,” he said with a laugh. “It seems like if you get off to a great start you tend to relax a little and if you get off to a start where you put up a couple of bogeys it forces you to focus a little more.”
Scott Gardiner and John Bobroski didn’t get off to the best of starts but rallied with a sizzling back nine to win the Senior Net title.
The team made the turn at two-over-par after going without a birdie on the front nine but an eagle and six birdies on the back by Bobroski catapulted them to the title.
“I had four eight-footers for birdie on the front and didn’t make a single one,” Bobroski said.
At the turn, Bobroski summed up the team’s attitude perfectly.
“We just said, ‘Oh, well, let’s just play our best on the back and see what happens,’ ” he said. “It’s good to have a partner with a sense of humor.”
Then came the 10th hole and the dam broke.
“I made a putt for birdie on No. 10 to break the seal,” he said. “The putts weren’t going in on the front side but they sure did on the back.”
In the end, Bobrowski posted a 29 on the back.
“It’s a first for me….a 29,” he said. “I made about a four-footer for birdie on the last hole. It’s nice to be able to just say I did it (shooting 29).”
Chris Boyer posted three birdies on the front nine in a four-hole stretch and added an eagle on the back nine as he and Bruce Chamberlain teamed up to win the Silver gross crown and a one-shot victory over Eric Dutt and Tony Caiazzo..
The team parred the final five holes to hold on for the win.
“I told Bruce after the eagle that we needed to finish strong in case there was a scorecard playoff,” Boyer said. “We just tried to focus on every hole the best we could especially on the back nine.”
He said the overall game plan was simple: “We didn’t know how the other guys in our division were playing,” Boyer said. “We just wanted to play the best we could and keep our heads down.”
He added the eagle was a spark to their day.
“That really got us going,” Boyer said. “I hit a two-wood off the tee and then a four-iron to almost pin-high. It was right on the collar and I chipped it from about 15-to-18 feet. It hit the pin and went right in just like a putt.”
Silver – Correct Winners
Loren Little and Jim Burger recorded five birdies over a six-hole stretch on the back nine en route to a Silver Net title, also winning in a scorecard playoff.
The duo had seven net birdies on the day between the two of them.
“Loren deserves all the credit,” Burger said. “He played lights-out. After the first hole it was pretty obvious that I would be best suited for serving moral support. Loren was making putts from everywhere.”
Burger was being a little modest.
“I did help out on one hole and that helped us just enough to get to where we needed,” he said.
Burger added Little was a jack-of-all-trades during the round.
“Loren not only drove it well and putted well he also drove the cart and kept score,” Burger said with a laugh. “He’s got to have big shoulders from carrying me around. Today was definitely his day.”