2010 – Sea Island – The Red Numbers Win On Last Hole


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The Red Numbers Take Title On Final Hole Of Ponce VIII
N. Thomson, Hollowell, Battle and R. Massie Champions

Red Numbers – 13
BCT – 11
Money Shot – 8.5
Seaside Sandbaggers – 5

N. Thomson – MVP
Hollowell – Captain
Rankin – Spirit Award Winner

July 22-26, 2010
Seaside Golf Links, Sea Island, GA (Seaside Golf Links)
Richard Massie – Chairman

Chairman Massie brought the PDL back to Sea Island for the 3rd time. However, this was a year of two firsts: the Fountain of Youth Cup was contested on a single golf course – Seaside Golf Links, home of the PGA’s McGladrey Classic and the Ponce moved to the Summer from its January weekend.

Red Numbers Battle It Out and Return Home as Champions

As it states in the PDL players guide, “This is what it is all about” – Sunday singles
matches. Money Shot brought their best by taking six of eight possible points, but it
wasn’t enough to outlast Red Numbers or BCT. The Red Numbers got it done in dramatic
fashion by inching it out against BCT. After Neil Thomson and Richard Massie gained decisive
wins for the Red Numbers 4 & 2 and 5 & 4 respectively, BCT kept pace as Jeremy Bird and
Clay Thomson won their matches 5 & 3 and 2 & 1 respectively. As the matches wound down, it
became clear that the Jamie Rankin vs. Westray Battle match would decide the Ponce. BCT needed
a win to force a full-team sudden death playoff and plans were underway as Rankin stepped to
the 16th tee dormie with a 3-hole lead with 3 to play. After two pars by Battle on 16 and 17, the
match became the only players left on the course as the entire Ponce followed Battle and Rankin
onto 18. Battle outlasted Rankin in a war of attrition and halved the match, earning the clinching
point for the Red Numbers 13-11 over Runner-up BCT. Ironically, after squaring the first hole of the
day, Battle was down to Rankin the entire match, until the 18th hole. Of particular note, all
four teams won one of the rounds this year. The win by Red Numbers puts Andrew Hollowell
and Neil Thomson ahead of the pack for most Ponce championships with four, are they the
greatest ever? With four rounds on the Seaside Course, was this the most physically and/or
mentally grueling Ponce to date? One thing the winners do know for sure, as part of their
prize, each of the four competitors will receive an all-access pass to the PGA TOUR’S
McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Golf Club on October 7-10. Congratulations!!


2010 Ponce De Leon Summary Book (PDF) – Best Ever – Thanks to Brian Doback!

2010 Tournament Players Guide (PDF)

2010 Invitation Letter (PDF)


Click here to view and download all the photos from Ponce VIII

Team Captain Andrew Hollowell, Wes Battle, Richard Massie and Neil Thomson take the title

The Red Numbers Celebrate

Wes taps in to best Jamie Rankin on the last hole of the last match in Sunday Singles to win it for the Red Numbers

Live Scoring at the Ponce during Sunday Singles

Jeremy Bird tees off on #1 on seaside.

Scott Winn, Neil Thomson, Richard Massie and Jeremy Bird before Sunday Singles at Seaside.

Muscoe tees off on Seaside #1 in Sunday Singles.

Wes, Nelson Vinson, Muscoe Garnett and Jamie Rankin head out for Sunday singles.

3rd Place Money Shot – Clark, John McAllister, Muscoe Garnett and Bill Wainscott plot their matchups for Sunday Singles.

Thanks to Brand Morgan for hosting Friday night dinner and cocktails

Clark, Wes, Dick and Neil at the Beach Club

Clark Coulbourn, Neil Thomson and Dick Massie

Wes Battle and Scott Winn

The Ponce Itinerary displayed at the Lodge

Captain Andrew Hollowell of the Red Numbers gives out some good swag to the squad.

Golf Digest Top 50 Pro Gale Peterson gives the Ponce some tips.

Chairman Dick Massie and Chairman Emeritus Neil Thomson kick off the Opening Ceremony

The Red Numbers are Champions

How sweet the Fountain of Youth Cup is!


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