July 18, 2004

Robinson & Voisin Top State Four-Ball Championship

Jeff Robinson and Bret Voisin fired a 133 to capture the 42nd Four-Ball Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach.

Robinson, of Longwood, and Voisin, from Orlando, began the day with a three stroke lead after posting a first round score of 63, 9-under par. In the second round, the duo made birdies on holes 3 and 7 to make the turn at 11-under par for the tournament. After a brief weather delay, they came out to birdie the 17th hole and finished with a bogey on the 18th hole for a 36 on the back nine. Playing in their first State Four-Ball Championship, Robinson said, "We came into the final round knowing we had to shot a certain number." "Yesterday, we made more putts while today the wind was blowing the ball all around," said Voisin.

The teams of Frank Strafaci, of Davie, and Rick Woulfe, from Fort Lauderdale, and Charles Walters, from Bradenton, and Len Lasinsky, of Sarasota, finished one back from the leaders shooting a similar 67-67—134. Strafaci and Woulfe recorded an even par 36 on the front nine and had a 31 on the back nine with an eagle on the 14th hole. John Warsing, from North Miami Beach, and Michael Nealy, of Boca Raton, shot a 67-68—135, two strokes back from the Champions. Defending Champions Ben Gardner and Phil Koch, of Boca Raton, tied with three other teams finishing the event at 5-under par 139.

The Championship featured 48 teams of two playing 36 holes of four-ball stroke play in the two-day event. In four-ball stroke play, two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball.  The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. Forty teams qualified through one of the nine qualifying events and the other eight teams earned exempt status. Designed by Tom Fazio and Nick Price, Quail Valley features 18 holes of golf with dramatic changes in elevations.

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