Clarence Hardison and Joe Mahurin of Indianapolis endured brutal conditions and numerous challengers to win the 2012 IGA Mid-Am Team at Otter Creek GC in Columbus. The team had to brave two days of high winds and tough course conditions to take the first tournament of the 2012 IGA season. It was a well-deserved win for the team that put themselves in a good position after an even par round of 72 in Sunday’s alternate shot format. In Monday’s best ball round, the team only carded a single bogey en-route to a 4-under par round of 68.
They started play with four consecutive pars, before making a birdie at the par-5 fifth hole. A bogey at the par-3 eighth gave that shot right back and the team finished the front nine at level par. They quickly made their move on the back nine with a birdie at eleven, followed that with back-to-back birdies at thirteen and fourteen, and capped off an impressive back nine with a closing birdie on the par-5 eighteenth hole.
After the duo posted their 36-hole total of 4-under par (140) they had a long wait as six teams still remained on the golf course. However, none of the six were able to catch Mahurin and Hardison. The victory is bittersweet for Hardison as it is his last IGA event. He plans on moving back home to his native North Carolina later this month.
While Mahurin and Hardison enjoyed the spoils of victory, the round of the day belonged to John Cozart and Eric Gessner. The team used a hole-in-one by Cozart on the third hole and an eagle on the par-5 fourteenth to vault into a tie for second. They were joined by the teams of Todd Palmer and Curt Puckett and Brooks Snyder and Brent Hofman, who all finished the event at 3-under par.