They entered the day as 64 pairs of golfers and left having been placed in eight groups of eight pairs all with a chance to win prize money on Sunday.
The team of Tom Owens and Jim Moser finished with the lowest score of the day, a five-under par 67, on Saturday at Harbor Oaks Golf Course.
The scores posted on the first day of the two-day Harbor Oaks Annual Four-Ball Tournament placed the pairs into eight groups, also known as flights, for Sunday’s round.
In contrast to scramble tournaments, in which the best ball is played after each shot, in a four-ball tournament every player shoots all 18 holes and a pairs’ score is determined by taking the lowest score on every hole. So, if golfer A shoots a four on No. 1 and golfer B shoots a five on the same hole, then the team score for the hole is a four.
While only those in the Championship Flight are eligible to win the first-place trophy, the top-four finishers in every flight earn the same amount of prize money, awarded in the form of golf shop gift certificates.
Depending on how you look at it, Farrell Hall and Tim Hall were either the luckiest or unluckiest pair in the tournament.
The Halls finished with an even-par 72, the same score as Adam Williams and Victor Villano. The two pairs of golfers finished tied for eighth overall on the day.
That meant that one pair would make the Championship Flight and start off five strokes back of Owens and Moser and one pair would start off leading the First Flight by one stroke.
As it turns out, Williams and Villano ended up in the Championship Flight, while the Halls either had the fortune or misfortune of ending up on top of the First Flight.
Scott Smith and Bud Caughman, a pair of golfers from Hot Springs, find themselves with a chance at taking home the first-place trophy.
After shooting a two-under par 70, Smith and Caughman trail Owens and Moser by three strokes heading into Sunday.
“We played pretty well,” Smith said. “We wasted a few shots and didn’t make enough putts.
“The greens were extremely fast.”
Smith, 50, and Caughman, 45, are used to playing on bentgrass greens, but have to putt on Bermuda grass this weekend.
“It was a bit of an issue,” Caughman said. “On Bermuda you have to read the grain, as well as the slope, and with bentgrass you just have to read the slope.”
If he and Smith can improve on the greens, Caughman likes their chances to finish in the top four in the flight and earn one of the golf shop gift certificates.
“We just need to make more putts,” Caughman said. “We missed some opportunities out there with a couple of chances for eagle and a few misses for birdie.”
Harbor Oaks 17th Annual Four Ball Tournament (after day one)
1. Tom Owens and Jim Moser, 67
tie-2. Neil Gordon and Steve Irwin, 68
tie-2. Joe Coles and Hunter Coles, 68
tie-2. Mike Costello and Mike Lewis, 68
tie-5. Scott Smith and Bud Caughman, 70
tie-5. Chad Graves and Chris Dixon, 70
tie-5. Greg Detore and Mike James, 70
8. Adam Williams and Victor Villano, 72
1. Farrell Hall and Tim Hall, 72
tie-2. Cameron McKenzie and Aaron Bucher, 73
tie-2. Jay Trieschmann and Craig Gavazzi, 73
tie-2. Gerald Mitchell and Carl Frames, 73
tie-2. Evan Burnett and Jamie McAfee, 73
tie-2. Jimmy Burleson and Joe Robertson, 73
tie-2. Steve Coleman and Jay McAfee, 73
8. Terry Cox and Bull Durham, 74