Jimmy Brandt gained a slice of fame when he won Golf Channel’s Big Break Myrtle Beach two years ago. On Monday at Timacuan Golf & Country Club, he added another layer of fame with the help of three of his buddies from Auburn AL.
Brandt teamed with Josh Nagel, Will McCurdy and Jacob Harper to shoot 54 and win the Timacuan $10,000 Scramble. The victory came against a full field of 36 teams that included 2010 U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell and several other PGA Tour players. It was worth $2,500 per team member.
“We hit it really close most of the day,” said Brandt, who only had to putt twice all day as the last putter in the team rotation. The first of those was a par-save on the very tough par 3 4th hole, the team’s only par of the day. Then on the next hole, he made an eagle putt on the par 5, getting the team back on track.
After that, it was one of his partner’s putters that finished off the victory.
“McCurdy made four big putts late that really helped us,” he said.
McDowell hit one of the day’s best shots, when he holed a 9-iron from 140 yards for an eagle on No. 8. His team, which included former World Long Drive Champion David Mobley, finished at 57. It was the second time McDowell has played in the event.
“It’s a fun golf tournament,” said McDowell. “Jack (Zhang, course owner with wife Claire) does great things for golf and the juniors with his academy (EaglesDream) so I like to support him. I love the golf course. It is perfect for a format like this one with all the risk/reward holes. And the greens are spectacular.”
That was a common theme in all the post-round comments. The players raved about the lightening quick Mini-Verde greens, which went in during the summer of 2013.
“The course overall is in great shape, and the greens are really, really good,” said Brandt.
Another highlight of the day was the play of the team comprised of students from EaglesDream Academy at Timacuan. Playing in the same group with McDowell’s foursome, Jason Hak, Robin Wang, Tommy Cao and Bobby Bai tied McDowell’s team at 15-under 57.
Second place overall went to the team of Jhared Hack, J.C. Horne, Jon Orchin and Noah Ratner who shot 55. Several teams tied for third at 56, including the majority of the defending champion foursome of Tommy Schaff, Willie Mack, Tim O’Neal and Charlie Delsman.
Several Timacuan members competed in the tournament. Mike Shields teamed with three professionals and posted an outstanding 57. Timacuan Director of Golf Nate Stevenson, assistant pro Dave Phillips and member Chris Anderson along with Dennis Kwon shot 60. The team of Chris Paone, Chase Berry, Jamie Davidson and Cameron Smith shot 62.