Massachusetts (MGA) Four-Ball Championship

With the sun starting to drop at Dennis Highlands Golf Course, the brother duo of Steven Alminas (Elmcrest CC) and Peter Alminas (Elmcrest CC) tapped in their final putt and finished off a spectacular final round of 6-under par 65 to capture the 2005 Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship title, which was held this week at Dennis Pines Golf Course and Dennis Highlands Golf Course.

With the victory, the pair becomes the youngest team ever to win this event, which debuted in 1981.

Steven, 20, and Peter, 18, finished the event with a two-round score of 7-under par 136, which was two strokes better than the second-place finishers. After posting a 1-under par 71 at Dennis Pines Golf Course on Monday, the brother duo stormed to the top of the leaderboard on Tuesday afternoon at Dennis Highlands Golf Course with a day-low round that featured seven birdies and one bogey.

Showing maturity and poise beyond their years, the brothers, who began their round on the 10 th tee, posted birdies on five of their final seven holes to seal the victory. During that stretch, Peter led the way with four of the five birdies, including his final one of the day on the 482-yard, par 5, 8th hole.

Making history at MGA Championship events is becoming commonplace for the Alminas brothers as just last year Peter was victorious at the Massachusetts Junior Championship and as a result he and Steven became the only brothers in the history of the event to capture the title. Steven won that same event in 2001.

Sharing a piece of second place were the teams of Ed Fletcher (Quashnet Valley CC) and Don Anderson (The Kittansett Club), Kevin Carey (Dennis Pines GC) and Joe Walker (Dennis Pines GC) and Derek Schug (Plymouth CC) and Gary Coughlin (Plymouth CC) and Derek Schug (Plymouth CC) and Gary Coughlin (Plymouth CC), who all finished with a score of 5-under par 138.

Championship Highlights: - Randy Lombardi (Segregansett CC) made sure that this year’s event would be a memorable one as he posted a hole in one on the 4 th hole of Dennis Pines Golf Course this afternoon. Lombardi, who was playing with Timothy Donovan (Segregansett CC), fired his hole in one from 165 yards with an 8 iron. His team finished with a score of 2-over par 145. - A total of five past champions competed in the field this year: Andy Drohen & Bill Drohen (2004), Frank Vana, Jr. & Michael McCarthy (2002, 2003), Dean Godek & Alistair Catto (1989, 1999), Carter Fasick & Jon Fasick (1986, 19991, 1997-98) and Cy Kilgore & Bill Jenks (1995). - Defending champions Andy and Bill Drohen made a strong move up the leaderboard on the final day with a second-round score of 5-under par 66. That score helped the pair secure sole possession of sixth place overall.

ABOUT THE Massachusetts Four-Ball

Entries are open to two-person teams of amateur golfers who hold membership in an MGA member club and have an up-to-date combined MGA/USGA GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 6.0, or who have completed their handicap certification as defined on the Entry Form. Competition will be 36 holes at Four-Ball Stroke Play.

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