Mid-Am Four-Ball Champs Crowned
Each year the FSGA holds two Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championships, one in South Florida and another in North Florida. The South Championship was held at Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte while the North was played at Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach.
At the South Championship, three teams took the first round lead with a 64 (-8), but many teams were within a few strokes. In the final round, Charles Alaimo and Michael Vickers shot a 33 on the front nine and then made a very timely eagle on the 17th for another 33 to post a 130 tournament total (-14).
The team of Don Whittemore and Daniel Debra started the day just one stroke back and made up a bunch a ground with a 31 (-5) on the front nine. On the back nine they birdied the 16th and 17th holes and made a par on the 18th to also post a total of 130 which would send them into a playoff.
The playoff went to the 18th hole and the teams tied with pars on their first hole. They went back to the 18th again and Alaimo and Vickers made an easy par. Whittemore and Debra both had five foot par putts to keep the playoff going, but neither putts found the hole leaving Alaimo and Vickers the 2013 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South Champions.
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At the North Championship, familiar names were atop the leaderboard after the first round. Jon Veneziano and Stephen Anderson took the first round lead with a 64 (-8). Veneziano and Anderson played in the South Championship last year and won the title in a playoff. This year the North Championship was closer to their homes so they made the trip to Sugar Mill Country Club rather then defend their South title.
In the final round, Veneziano and Anderson didn't play as well as they did in the first round which opened the door for other teams to make a run at them. The only team to do so was Chad Ibbotson and Thad Hudgens who posted the days low score of 65 (-7), but they started the day too many shots back and couldn't catch the leaders.
Veneziano and Anderson posted rounds of 64-67--131 (-13) to capture the North title and add yet another title to their extensive resumes.
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