The Men’s Grand Masters championship match was determined on Friday morning after Clayton Pike and Tom Eidsvold survived the semifinal rounds. Pike advanced with a win over Gary Obele while Eidsvold defeated Dave Harris. The Saturday finale will take place at 11:15 a.m. off the first tee.
Eidsvold def. Harris, 5-3
The match couldn’t have started better for Eidsvold. He went up three with a birdie on the first hole. Harris’ slow start didn’t last long as he matched Eidsvold until the ninth hole. Eidsvold went 4-up into the turn after Harris bogeyed.
Harris kept pace with Eidsvold until No. 15 when a bogey ended his run for a title. Eidsvold completed his 18 holes and shot a 76. Friday was Eidsvold’s second win of the tournament. On Wednesday, he eliminated Pike, 3-2.
Pike def. Obele, 1 up
To earn a rematch with Eidsvold, Pike had to win in thrilling fashion.
Obele’s birdie on the first hole put him up one. However, a double bogey and back-to-back bogeys gave Pike a two-hole advantage. Pike would extend his lead to three with a par on the sixth hole.
The end of the front nine was one Pike would like to forget. After holding a three-hole advantage, Pike’s two double-bogeys cut his lead to one. Despite shooting the lower score of 42, Obele went to the back nine trailing.
Pike regained his two-hole lead, only to lose with this third double-bogey of the day on hole 12. After Pike bogeyed on 14, the match was squared when he double-bogeyed again on No. 15. With two holes remaining, Pike went 1-up again with a birdie on No. 17.
Obele had his chance to tie the match on the final hole. For the fifth time on Friday, Pike shot a double-bogey. However, Obele’s double-bogey on the 18th hole was just enough for Pike to earn a spot in the championship on Saturday.