October 31, 2021
PEBBLE BEACH – Merrill Grant and Jason Porto came out on top in the 2021 eClub Four-Ball Match Play Championship on Sunday at the Links at Spanish Bay. Grant of eClub East Bay, and his partner Porto of eClub Sacramento, beat Abey Mullassery and Nitin Pai of eClub San Francisco 4 and 3. After losing the first hole and the third and fourth holes, Grant and Porto found themselves down two holes early in the match. However, from there the duo was able to rally and not lose another hole the rest of the day.
Porto made a net par on the fifth hole to cut the lead to one down and tied the match up three holes later on the eighth with a par. Starting on the back nine, his partner Grant got in the action by winning his first hole on the par 5 10th with a par. Porto then extended the lead to 2 up with a par on the long par 4 12th, and Grant put the duo 3 up with 4 to play with a bogey 6 on the par 5 14th. The next hole Grant closed out the match 4 and 3 with a par.
The 2021 eClub Four-Ball Match Play had 64 teams of two participate with three rounds of pod play followed by a single elimination bracket of the 16 pod winners.