Playoffs Needed at Mid-Senior Four-Balls
Brian Keenan and Paul Royak captured the Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Championship at Reunion Resort & Club, in Reunion. In the South Championship, Stephen Anderson and R J Nakashian prevailed at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club, in West Palm Beach. The events were conducted on September 13-14.
The duo from Tampa, Brian Keenan and Paul Royak posted a tournament total of 17-under par 127 to capture the title after prevailing in a playoff. In the first round the pair fired an impressive round of 10-under par 62 to hold a one stroke lead heading into the final round of play. In the final round, the pair posted another great round of seven-under par 65, but found themselves tied with Chad Ibbotson, of Sanford and Thad Hudgens, of Longwood after their rounds of 63-64. The teams would head for a sudden death playoff where Keenan and Royak would prevail for the title. Rob Maddox, of Lynn Haven, and Mike Riley, from Panama City, finished alone in third place with a tournament total of 14-under par 130.
In the South Championship, Stephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound, and RJ Nakashian, of Palm Beach Gardens, held off the team of Gary Nicklaus, of Jupiter, and Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora in a playoff to capture the title. In the opening round, Anderson & Nakashian had it all going posting a 9-under par 62 which included two eagles. Their final round of 65 was not good enough to hold off the hard charging team of Nicklaus and Veneziano who posted a final round of nine-under par 62. The playoff would go two holes and would end with a Nakashian birdie to clinch the title. The team of Josh Skivington, of West Palm Beach and George Weston, of Palm Beach, finished in third place after rounds of 64-65.
The Mid-Senior Four-Ball Championships are each 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. The field is flighted after 18 holes. To be eligible, players must be 40 years of age or older and members of the FSGA.