June 05, 2016

Mid-Am Four-Ball Victories

The teams of Jon Veneziano/Ryan Abbate and Stephen Anderson/R J Nakashian were crowned Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Champions, June 4-5.

Mid-Amateur Four-Ball North

RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento hosted the northern teams where familiar names and impressive scores filled the top of the leaderboard. After round one three teams, Jon Veneziano/Ryan Abbate, Michael Kovaleski/Chris Colli, and Jason Counsil/Michael Downing, tied for first place with a score of nine under-par, 63. An exciting round two would take place on Sunday that narrowed down to a battle between the teams of Jon Veneziano /Ryan Abbate and Michael Kovaleski/Chris Colli. Veneziano, of Mount Dora, is no stranger to four-ball competition after winning the Senior/Mid-Amateur Four-Ball in March of this year as well as several other FSGA Four-Ball Championships. His partner, Ryan Abbate, of Fort Lauderdale was the 2005 State Amateur Champion. Ryan’s birdie on the second hole put his team in first place which they never lost sight of over the final 18 holes. Veneziano and Abbate carded a total of three birdies on the front nine versus the two birdies made by the duo from Winter Park, Kovaleski and Colli. The two teams both posted three under-par 33’s on the back nine and with the one extra birdie on the first nine, Veneziano and Abbate were crowned Champions with a tournament total of 129 (-15). Kovaleski/Colli tied the team of Brant DeLongy and Shaun O’Meara (65-65) for second place with a 130 tournament total (-14). Jason Counsil and Michael Downing carded a second round 68 to fall to a tied for fourth place finish with the team of Philip Meng and Jeff Golden.

North Full Results

Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South

West Bay Golf Club hosted the southern teams for two days of great golf shots and red numbers. Last year’s Champions, Stephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound, and R J Nakashian, of Palm Beach, held the lead after the first round due to an impressive nine birdies and one eagle on the card. The team shot an eight under-par 64 to lead by two strokes over the duo from Estero, Kevin Henry and Ryan McLain. Henry had an exceptional round one making six birdies and an eagle on the par five number 11 on his own ball. Sunday’s round made for an exciting finish. The team of Marc France, of Plantation, and Carl Santos-Ocampo, of Naples, made a run for the lead after a first round 70 by posting a second round 11 under-par, 61! Anderson and Nakashian entered the last hole tied with France/Santos-Ocampo and were fighting to defend their title. A birdie on the last hole propelled the defending Champions into first place for their second consecutive victory. Anderson and Nakashian finished with a 66 for a tournament total 130 (-14), one stroke ahead of Santos-Ocampo and France. Daniel Eggertsson and Ben Adelberg teamed up to tie Donald Wolfe and Matthew Marion for third place with a tournament total 136 (-8). Kevin Henry and Ryan McLain struggled in round two and fell to tied for sixth place (140 tournament total) with Rob Thorngate/Steven Marcozzi, one stroke behind Devin Hernandez and teammate Justin Foster in fifth place.

South Full Results

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