Mid-Senior Four-Ball Champs Crowned
The duo of Pete Williams, from Juno Beach, and Thomas Midtgaard, from Fort Myers, prevailed in a playoff to win the South Mid-Senior Four-Ball Championship at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach. After posting rounds of 65-65, Williams and Midtgaard found themselves tied with 2010 Mid-Senior Four-Ball Champs RJ Nakashian and four-ball extraordinaire Stephen Anderson. Earlier this year, Anderson won the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball North Championship and the Senior/Mid-Am Four-Ball Championship. However, Anderson’s and Nakashian’s previous experience was not enough. On the first playoff hole RJ missed a short birdie putt to leave the door open for Midtgaard to convert his birdie putt for the win. Midtgaard calmly rolled in his birdie putt to end the playoff and claim the 2013 title with partner Williams.
In the North Four-Ball Championship, Thad Hudgens, of Longwood, and Chad Ibbotson, of Sanford, made a second round charge to claim the hardware at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand. In the first round, the pair fired a four-under 68 which put them in a six-way tie for fifth. In the final round, the duo put on a birdie expo where they shot a solid eight-under 64. Hudgen’s and Ibbotson’s superb final round was good enough to push them up to the top of the leader board and allowed them to claim the title with a two round total 68-64-132. Philip Meng and Dennis Postlewait, of Orlando, finished two-strokes behind to claim second place with a tournament total of 66-68-134.
Also in the North, Bob Bechtol, from Tallahassee, made a hole-in-one during the final round on the 210-yard, fourteenth hole.
The Mid-Senior Four-Ball Championships consist of 36 holes of four-ball stroke play. In four-ball stroke play, two competitors play as partners, each playing their own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. To be eligible, players must be 40 years of age or older and members of the FSGA.