Carlin & Cavero Win Four-Ball
Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, located in Vero Beach, hosted the 67th Four-Ball Championship where teams played 36 holes of four-ball stroke play to determine the Champion.
Round one saw impressive scores with 38 teams posting red numbers. The team of Devin Hernandez, of Saint Petersburg, and Ryder Frerichs, of Seminole, sat tied for first with the duo Christopher Carlin, of Plantation, and Nicolas Cavero, of Aventura. The two teams lead by two strokes with a first round ten under-par, 62! Hernandez/Frerichs started the day with a birdie on the first hole and ended the day with back-to-back birdies on holes 17 and 18 for a total of ten birdies. The front nine proved to be the favorite of the two nines for Carlin/Cavero. The team started with four straight birdies on holes one to four and ended the front nine with three birdies in a row on holes seven to nine for a first nine score of 29! After three more birdies on the back nine, Carlin/Cavero moved into a tie for first. Jacob Huizinga/William Wrigley, defending Four-Ball Champions, and David Giandomenico/Justin Burkhamer tied for third place with a first round eight under-par 64.
An exciting second day started with a birdie for the team of Carlin and Cavero. The duo lit up the front nine once again with birdies on holes one, three, four, eight, and nine to turn at five under-par, 31. Hernandez and Frerichs got off to a slow start with only two birdies on the first nine holes, causing them to fall from the lead early. Carlin and Cavero never lost sight of the lead to finish the tournament with two birdies on holes 17 and 18 for a total of eight birdies in their final round. A bogey free tournament and final round of 64 secured the victory for Carlin and Cavero! The two finished at 18 under-par, 126, to win by three strokes. The team of Tiger Godwin, of Fort Meade, and Kelly Sellers, of Lakeland, were on a birdie train in the final round en route to a 64 and second place finish, 129 (-15). Tied or third at 130 (-14) were the teams of Scott Kennedy/Kyle Nathan and Jacob Huizinga/William Wrigley. First round tied leaders, Frerichs/Hernandez tied Casper Howells and Austin Schultz for fifth place.