Slavic Invitational Championship decided in playoff

Josh Lampley and Colin Speirs won the Slavic Invitational Tournament.
Josh Lampley and Colin Speirs won the Slavic Invitational Tournament. Special to the Sun Herald

George Byrd and Nick Beale fired a 7-under-par 65 at Fallen Oak to catch Josh Lampley and Colin Speirs on the final day of Slavic Invitational Tournament Sunday.

But Lampley and Speirs made birdie on Hole 18 in a sudden-death playoff, dashing Byrd and Beale’s hopes of repeating as champion.

Both teams got off to a great start, with Beale making birdies on holes 1, 2 and 3. Lampley and Speirs made birdies on 1 and 2.

“We played really well, but we kept hearing the whooping and hollering behind us,” said Lampley. “We knew they were playing well.”

Added Beale: “We definitely had the momentum after those first three birdies. George fed off that and played really well in the middle of the round.”

In regulation Lampley and Speirs held a one shot lead heading to the final hole. With Speirs out of the hole, Lampley had to fabricate a shot.

“We drove it badly on 18 ending up under the fallen oak,” said Lampley. “I tried to hit a 6 iron over the limb. It plugged underneath the bunker, and I hacked it out to 40 feet.”

After a two-putt bogey, the two teams were tied.

Knowing that par sends them into a playoff and a birdie wins the tournament outright, Byrd hit a wonderful chip from the right rough that scooted right past the hole. Beale’s pitch from short of the green looked like it was heading to the bottom of the cup, but it stopped inches short.

Lampley and Speirs were winning the Slavic in the past, but the former South Alabama teammates always came up short.

“One bad round had kept us out of it for the past four years,” said Lampley. “This is really a special win for us because Colin doesn’t get to play that much.”