Editor's Note: Results will be provided as soon as they're available. For today's pairings, use the 'results' link below.
The 2013 John R. Williams Four-Ball tees off Thursday from famed Oak Hill, site of this year’s PGA Championship. As always, the Williams will be a true test of team golf as it will again serve as one of the amateur calendar’s top four-ball events.
As amateurgolf.com’s Pete Wlodkowsk wrote earlier this summer following a trip to Oak Hill where he met with J.R. Williams Four-Ball Co-Chairman Dr. David Fries, “The major championships that come and go, such as the 2013 PGA, are one thing, but Oak Hill has another longstanding tradition that is entirely another -- The John R. Williams Invitational. The four-ball tournament, played every September, is named for the doctor that planted the thousands of trees that line the fairways, tranforming the course from an old farm into the golf mecca it is today. In 2013 for the 51st annual J.R. Williams players are going to have the opportunity to play a course that just hosted a major championship in similar conditions.”
Always a test, Oak Hill is in supreme conditions just a month after Jason Dufner claimed the season’s final major on its grounds. Typically played on the East and West courses at Oak Hill, this year’s Williams Four-Ball will be contested only on the East Course after the West Course was used for hospitality during the event in August.
For the players, it’s just another treat.
A loaded field will take on the East Course’s tough and tournament-like conditions next week. Among the notable teams, defending champions David and Ronald DeNunzio will hope to make it two straight titles. The pair recently claimed the Western Pennsylvania Four-Ball.
The DeNunzios won in a playoff last year and the team they beat, Tim Spitz and Brad Wilder, are back hoping for retribution.
Rob Cowan and Dave Bunker, the 2011 champions, will also be back. The duo shot 65-67 in a rain-shortened event to win by a stroke.
Amateurgolf.com will have full coverage of the event, including round-by-round recaps and results.