If there is a better two-man team in the amateur game than Brady Exber and Kevin Marsh, it would likely be Dan Crockett and Parker Smith. The talented Tennessee duo made their case for American four-ball golf supremacy last weekend, taking the prestigious Champions Cup at Champions Golf Club in Houston. Crockett and Smith shot 21underpar 263 to beat final-round playing partners Exber and Marsh by a comfortable seven shots.
The winning team separated themselves from the field in the second round with a stunning 10-under 61, despite cold and blustery conditions. That remarkable score, fueled by Smith’s eight birdies on his own ball, was seven shots better than the next best score posted that day. “It was cold and windy but we kept hitting it in the right place all day,” said Smith afterward. Smith and Crockett are the two-time defending champions of the equally prestigious Anderson Memorial Four-Ball, played annually at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. Exber and Marsh arrived in Houston looking to win the Champions Cup for the third time in four years; they were also declared co-champions in 2009 due to a weather shortened event.