Field No Match for Tyndall

(Wilmington, NC) - Ryan Tyndall, PGA, of Murrells Inlet, SC captured the 2017 OMEGA CPGA Match Play Championship held at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC.

Sixteen of the top playing PGA Professionals in North and South Carolina qualified for this championship through their play at CPGA major championships in 2017.  At each event, they gained points that went toward the Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year List Presented by OMEGA.  The top finishers were rewarded with the highest ranked seeds.

Two rounds of matches were played each day, where the field was reduced from 16, to eight, to four, to two, and, in the end, one champion stood alone.
In the second day's morning matches of the “final four,” Tyndall, the PGA Head Professional at The Reserve GC in Pawleys Island, SC, met Rick Morton, the PGA Head Professional at Rock Creek G&CC in Jacksonville, NC.  As Tyndall did against his first two opponents on Day 1, he won 4 & 3.  Scooter Buhrman, the PGA Head Professional at Gates Four G&CC in Fayetteville, NC, took on Zac Collins, the PGA Head Professional at North Ridge CC in Raleigh, NC.  Buhrman birdied Hole #18 to force extra holes and birdied Hole #1 for the 1 up win.
In the afternoon finals match, Tyndall again got off to a hot start with birdies on four of the first six holes to take a 5 up lead.  Buhrman launched a bit of a comeback, narrowing the lead to 2 up after 12 holes, but he ran out of time.  Tyndall was dormie on Hole #16 (3 up with 3 to play).  Both competitors tugged their drives into the left trees, pitched out, and wedged to similar distances of 15 feet.  Buhrman putted first but missed.  With little pressure, Tyndall cozied up his putt next to the hole, and Buhrman conceded, giving Tyndall a 3 & 2 victory.
After the win, Tyndall stated, "I played great in all four matches, managing to gain early leads each time.  Obviously, leading a match is a lot more comfortable than trying to come from behind.  I'm a big fan of Tom Fazio course designs.  This place really set up well for my eye and my game.  I'm so excited to share this win with my family."
Results from all four rounds of matches will appear below.  The bracket can be found online.
Field in order of seed:
  1.  Matt Vick - Pinehurst CC No. 7
  2.  Rick Morton - Rock Creek G&CC
  3.  John Thompson - Carolina Lakes GC
  4.  John Faidley - Forsyth CC
  5.  Derek Watson - SC Golf Center
  6.  Larry George - River Landing CC
  7.  Cory Schneider - Pointe GC
  8.  Burke Cromer - Northwoods GC
  9.  Neal Lancaster - PGA Life Member
  10.  Chris Haarlow - Precision Golf School
  11.  Ryan Tyndall - The Reserve GC
  12.  Scooter Buhrman - Gates Four G&CC
  13.  Josh Webb - Old Chatham GC
  14.  Steve Isley - Oak Island GC
  15.  Brian Joyce - Eagle Point GC
  16.  Zac Collins - North Ridge CC
Thanks to the support of OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the PGA of America, and the PGA Tour, each competitor was guaranteed a prize check ranging from $275 for those eliminated after one match and up to $3,000 to the winner.
We additionally thank Linksoul for providing a beautiful polo and jacket, which was much needed as temperatures stayed in the 50s both days.
The CPGA sends its sincere appreciation to the members and staff and members of Eagle Point for their incredible hospitality.

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