Rick Baird and Andy Coradini Win
2004 North Carolina Team Championship

11 September 2004 - Burlington, NC - Rick Baird and Andy Coradini each were successful on the final hole of play to win their second North Carolina Teams Championship as a team. The now-proclaimed four-time Team of the Year posted combined individual scores of 51 in each of the final two rounds and made up a four-shot deficit after the alternate hole portion of the tournament.

The North Carolina Teams Championship consisted of two rounds of better ball, two rounds of alternate hole with alternate stroke within the hole, and culminated with two rounds of two-man combined scoring. Baird and Coradini teed off with the defending champion team of Robert Johnson and Randy Reeves and started out with a 23 in better ball, a round that included a bogey to close the round. In the first round of better ball, the local team of Chris Bunting and Steve Shively posted a round 20. The Atlanta team of Gary English and Greg Ward also started out with a score of 20, while the team of Tony Jackson and Jay Klapper started out one shot off at 21.

The Bunting - Shively team continued to dominate better ball. The team posted a 21 in the second round to grab the lead with a score of 41. They were leading by one shot over Jackson - Klapper and by two shots over Baird - Coradini, who posted a 20, and the team of Michael Hitt and Rick Rybaczek, in which they shot 21.

Alternate hole was in the format for the second consecutive season and once again, it separated the best teams from the worst. Jackson and Klapper continued to blister by posting a 23 in the first of two alternate hole rounds to take the lead at 65. In the second round of alternate hole, the team of Daryl Freeman and Tony Varnadore posted an impressive round 21 for a score of 89 and a two-shot lead on Jackson - Klapper, who slipped into second after a 26 put them in at 91, with the Baird - Coradini duo four back at 93.

Baird and Coradini used their past experience in this type of tournament to come from behind. After a 51 shot in the first of two combined score rounds, the duo posted another score of 51 in the final round. It came down to the final hole. Baird went first and aced it, while Coradini played directly behind him and aced it as well. The aces were enough to post a two-shot win. Baird and Coradini finished the tournament with a score of 195. They would win their second team title and each has won three total teams championships. This was their first shared team title since winning it 2000 in Forest City.

Freeman and Varnadore tied Jackson and Klapper for second at 197. Hitt and Rybaczek was third at 199, while the team of Billy Caudle and Ray Guthrie finished out the top five at 203.

The North Carolina Match Play Championship, to be defended by Ray Guthrie, will be played on Sunday, September 12, at 9:00am on Course 2 in Burlington.

Scores and story  provided by Opie Roberts.

2004 North Carolina Team Championship
(11 September 2004 - Burlington, NC)

Better Ball

Alternate Shot

Individual

Prize

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Total

Money

1

Rick Baird - Andy Coradini

23 20 25 25 51 51 195 $ 400.00
2 Daryl Freeman - Tony Varnadore 22 22 24 21 53 55 197 $ 310.00
  Tony Jackson - Jay Klapper 21 21 23 26 55 51 197 $ 310.00
4 Michael Hitt - Rick Rybaczek 22 21 28 26 48 54 199 $ 240.00
5 Billy Caudle - Ray Guthrie 25 20 23 27 52 56 203 $ 200.00
6 Gary English - Greg Ward 20 24 30 26 55 51 206 $ 160.00
7 Tommy Barbour - Lance Perdue 23 21 30 30 51 52 207 $ 100.00
8 Robert Johnson - Randy Reeves 22 22 25 29 56 55 209 $ 100.00
9 Russell Sigmon, Jr. - Randal Smith 23 22 25 28 54 57 209 $ 100.00
10 Randy Carter - Opie Roberts 26 21 27 29 55 55 213 $ 100.00
11 Chris Bunting - Steve Shively 20 21 27 26 61 59 214 $ 100.00
12 Bob Haizlip - Larry Simpson 25 25 28 30 54 54 216 $ 100.00
 

 

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