The Georgia - Tennessee Golf Challenge - 2019

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Georgia - Tennessee Challenge Match Results . . .

It was a beautiful, but hot day, at the Fields Ferry Golf Club, Fields Ferry Course in Calhoun, Georgia. The eighth Georgia-Tennessee Golf Challenge was played with a cool breeze out of the north and a blistering sun that saw temperatures rise to the mid-nineties. The Georgia team of Fred Tolbert and Dan Collins took on the Tennessee team of Coach Jim Shemwell and Andy Wilkes. After the Tennessee team won the first hole in the match-play, winner of the hole format, the Georgia team rebounded with wins on the second, third and fourth holes to take a 2 - 0 lead in the match. The Tennessee team battled back with wins on the sixth and eighth holes to square the match after nine holes. After a split on holes ten and eleven, the Tennessee team took their first lead of the day primarily on the driving of Wilkes and the putting prowess of Shemwell. It was at this point that the Georgia team made it's run for the title. The Georgia team of Tolbert and Collins stepped up their game to win holes thirteen and fourteen retaking a 1 - 0 lead. Team Georgia then split hole fifteen and won holes sixteen and seventeen to close out the Tennessee team. A split on hole eighteen ended the match with a 3 - 0 Georgia win. The results over the years have Tennessee with 4 wins, Georgia with 2 wins and there have been two all squares. The winners trophy returns to Georgia for the first time in three years. Dan Collins replaced Cecil Buffington in the match after some recent health issues prevented the regular Team Georgia team member from participating in the event. Dan was instrumental in the win with consistant play in all phases of his game. It was a fun day with very good fellowship on a beautiful golf course that saw some excellent play.

Fred Tolbert of Team Georgia tee's off on hole # 1.

Dan Collins of Team Georgia tee's off on hole 1.

Andy Wilkes of Team Tennessee tee's off on Hole # 1.

Coach Jim Shemwell roll's in a putt on hole # 1.

 The participants finish up on Hole # 18.  L - R -  Fred Tolbert Dan Collins of Team Georgia and Andy Wilkes and Coach Jim Shemwell of Team Tennessee.

Dan Collins, Left, substituted for long-time Georgia team member Cecil Buffington, Right, who recently underwent surgery.

A great day of fun and excitement on the old golf course.  Left to right - Dan Collins, Fred Tolbert ( holding the Tennessee-Georgia Trophy . . .  Andy Wilkes, Coach Jim Shemwell and Cecil Buffington.