There’s no need for a pro in a team tournament when you’ve got an amateur shooting 64.
And 8-under-par, gross 64 is what Nate Hargett shot to lead a prominent team (pictured above) of local golfers to a three-stroke victory in the fifth-annual First Responders of the Triad charity tournament Oct. 6 at Greensboro National Golf Club.
Led by scratch golfer Hargett, owner of Greensboro’s Hargett Funeral Services, the team rounded out by Guilford County Commissioners chairman Skip Alston, attorney Mack Isaacson and Guilford County sheriff Danny Rogers shot a 32-under 112 total in a format counting one gross and one net score on each hole.
In a format change, all four players on each team were amateurs. In previous years, the event was a pro-am with individual pro and team prizes. Rogers shot net 54. Alston shot net 60 and Isaacson shot net 69.
Tournament sponsor Byron Development, owner of Greensboro National, will present the winner’s check of $25,000 to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, the recipient designated by the winning team. Other Triad First Responder groups will split another $35,000.
The Sheriff’s Department said it would use the money to buy food and presents for families in need over the holidays.
Hargett, a former player at N.C. State, shot 6-under 30 on the front nine, highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 third hole. He made seven birdies and a sole bogey at the long par-3 11th. The format allowed Hargett to play a few shots from teammates’ drives.
Hargett’s long drives provided an advantage for the entire team because the format allowed each player to continue play from the team’s best tee shot.
The team of John Barker, Matt Behe, EC Stophel and Josh Crouch was second at 29-under. The team of Jonathan Kiger, Jordan Taylor, Jerry Smith and Justin Windsor were third at 26-under.