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Tennessee Four-Ball Champions

Jack Uselton and Will Brooks (Photo courtesy of the TGA)
Jack Uselton and Will Brooks (Photo courtesy of the TGA)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rising junior men's golfer Jack Uselton and his partner Will Brooks captured the 49th Annual TGA Tennessee Four-Ball Championship held this week at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville.

Uselton and Brooks, who plays golf at Tennessee Tech, defeated Ryan Greer and Jack Smith 2&1 in Friday's championship match to win the Four-Ball title. 

The four-ball format involves two golfers partnered with one another with each golfer playing his own golf ball.  The lower of the partners' scores counting as the team score on each hole. 

Greer and Smith grabbed the early 1-up lead with a birdie on the first hole.  Uselton squared the match with a birdie 3 on the third hole.  Uselton and Brooks took a 1-up lead wihen Brooks birdied the eighth hole.   

The pair held on to the lead until the 15th hole when Greer and Smith birdied to square the match.  One hole later on 16, both Uselton and Brooks birdied to go 1-up.  The victory was clinched when Uselton sunk a birdie on 17 to give the duo the 2&1 win. 

It was a long week for the duo as they endured through an 18-hole stroke play round on Tuesday and then five rounds of match play on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to earn the victory.

On Tuesday in stroke play qualifying, they posted an 8-under par 62 to earn the 5-seed.

In the Round of 32 on Wednesday, they defeated fellow Bruins, Bogle LaRue/Coleman Jones 2&1, then later that day beat Jimmy Ward/Cole Parrish 2&1 to reach the quarterfinals. 

On Thursday, Uselton and Brooks outlasted Michael Shears/Michael Barnard 2-up and then later in the day, defeated Cade Russell/Trenton Johnson in the semifinals 2&1. 

The win gives both golfers their first career TGA title.  Jack's father, Clay Uselton, won this title twice, in 1999 and 2003.  

For more information on the championship, go to www.tngolf.org.