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Albert and Liberto Win 2021 South Four-Ball
Missouri City – Trailing by one stroke heading into the final round, Todd Albert of Katy and Kevin Liberto of Cypress battle back to win on the Eldorado Course at Quail Valley Golf Course. A seven-under par, 65, in the final round was one stroke off the course low score for the day as players battled the elements. In the first round, Albert and Liberto posted a 4-under par 68 which had an eagle on the par-5 seventh and two birdies on the par-3 eights and par-5 tenth on the scorecard. 4-under par 68 was good enough to get Albert and Liberto into the final group and tied for second. To start the final round, Albert came out hot as he birdied six of the first seven holes on his own ball. Albert kept it rolling on the backside as he carded another three birdies. Liberto was steady throughout the day and provided when the team needed. Liberto had one birdie on the day on the par-4 fifteenth. The teams strong final round was enough to secure them a two stroke win and nine-under par tournament total, 133, and the South Four-Ball crown.
1. Todd Albert/Kevin Liberto, -9 (133)
2. Zan Terry/Casey Carnes, -7 (135)
T3. Jess Bonneau/James Bartell, -5 (137)
T3. Ryan Clarke/Cade Roberts, -5 (137)
T5. Jason Swanson/Travis Stiegman, -3 (139)
T5. John Braniff/Titus Harris, -3 (139)
T5. Scott Kulcak/Will Orr, -3 (139)
Top Finishers – Zan Terry of San Antonio and Casey Carnes of Schertz finished solo second with a tournament total of seven-under par, 135 (70-65). The teams final round highlight came from Carnes as he carded a 6-under par, 29, on his own ball to start the round. Tied for third place at five-under par was Jess Bonneau and James Bartell of Houston and Ryan Clarke of Houston and Cade Roberts of Cypress. Clarke and Roberts were the leadings going into the final round after an opening round of 67, five-under par. Three teams finished in a tie for fifth place at three-under par, 139.
Weather: Thursday’s first round reached a high of 73 degrees with mostly clear and sunny skies into the afternoon. The afternoon consisted over overcast skies and wind gusts up 16 mph. Players battled the elements during Friday’s final round. Temperatures again reached a high of 73 degrees on Friday with overcast skies producing rain on and off throughout the round.
Course: The South Four-Ball was contested on the El Dorado course at Quail Valley Golf Course in Missouri City. Designed by Jack Miller, Jay Rivere and Jeffery D. Blume, the El Dorado course features Bermuda Fairways and Greens. The layout of the course includes rolling terrain, unique undulations and numerous lakes and creeks.
Next Up: The South Regional Series next event will be the South Amateur at Galveston Country Club, August 6-8, 2021. For information, click here.
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