Fore, divided by two.
That will be just the formula being followed for possible success for the only immediate Mooresville area based entry helping fill the fairway field for play in this week’s 19th annual Carolinas Golf Association Senior Four-Ball Golf Championship.
Mooresville’s Rock Pickard will be sharing a golf cart and scorecard with playing partner Doug Glenn of Kannapolis in the seasonal CGA major event taking place through the weekend.
Pickard and Glenn will be one of the teams in the hunt for the title as the affair unfolds on the Mill Creek Golf Club course in Mebane. It marks the third time the site has been so selected to host the event. Both the 2001 and ’16 N.C. Four-Ball Championships were held at the course.
The odds appear stacked, however, heavily against the pair. A host of former champions also form the field that also features the presence of the returning champions seeking to successfully defend their crown.
Format for play in the CGA marquee affair consists of three rounds and 54-hole of four-ball stroke play. Under this process, the best score registered on a hole by either of the two-player team members officially counts for the team.
After the first two rounds and 36 holes of play, the field will be cut to the low 30 scores and ties. Those making the cut will then advance to the third and final day of play.
To decide the outright championship title, an on-course playoff procedure will take play.
Entry in the attraction is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by this week, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a member in good standard of a club which is a member of the CGA, and has an active United State Golf Association individual handicap at a member club.
Pickard will officially be representing his home Mooresville Golf Club course in the tournament.
The CGA is a not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.
The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships.
The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation.
The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.