September 15, 2011

Mid-Senior Four-Ball Champions

Bird and Gould captured the North Championship, Nicklaus and Veneziano win South Championship in playoff

Bobby Bird and Chuck Gould captured the Mid-Senior Four-Ball North Championship at Sugar Mill Country Club, in New Smyrna Beach.  In the South Championship, Gary Nicklaus and Jon Veneziano prevailed in a playoff at The Wanderers Club, in Wellington.

The duo from Vero Beach, Bobby Bird and Chuck Gould went wire-to-wire to capture the championship by three strokes.  In the first round the pair fired an impressive round of 11-under par 61 to hold a five stroke lead heading into the final round of play.  In the final round, Bird and Gould played another solid round of golf, posting a four-under par round of 68 for a tournament total of 15-under par 129.  The Defending Champions, Rob Maddox, of Lynn Haven, and Mike Riley, from Panama City, finished alone in second place with a tournament total of 12-under par 132.

In the South Championship, Gary Nicklaus, of Jupiter, and Jon Veneziano, of Mount Dora, held off the Defending Champions in a playoff to capture the title.  After posting rounds of 64-62, Nicklaus and Veneziano would find themselves tied with the Defending Champions, Stephen Anderson, of Hobe Sound, and RJ Nakashian, of Palm Beach Gardens, after the pair posted a final round of 11-under par 61.  The playoff would go five holes where Nicklaus would make birdie for the title.

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.


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