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Doug Hanzel, Buzz Fly hang on for Southern States Four-Ball win
Doug Hanzel
Doug Hanzel
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2015) — After frittering away their three-shot overnight lead, former PGA TOUR journeyman Buzz Fly and Dr. Doug Hanzel won the senior division Sunday in the 12th Southern States Four-Ball at Mayacoo Lakes Country Clyb when Fly, of Memphis, holed a birdie putt on the final hole for a one-shot victory over two teams. The clutch shot gave the winners a 15-under total of 198.

The Orlando pair of Randy Elliott and Bret Voisin finished second, along with Bob Mathers and Mike Mercier. Elliott made a spectacular par save on the 18th hole to make Fly's birdie manatory to avoid a playoff.

In the Mid-Amateur division, John Pickett of Lake Worth and John Reynolds of Palm Beach overcame a two-stroke deficit to win with a 12-under total of 201.

Fly, a one-time PGA TOUR journeyman from Memphis, and Hanzel, the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion from Savannah, each contributed four birdies to take a 15-under-par 127 total into the finale. Central Floridians Randy Elliott and Bret Voisin, playing alongside the leaders, put up a strong 65, only to lose ground at 130.

Chris Reeves of Jupiter and Keith Decker of Martinsville, Va. shot 65 to take the lead in the Mid-Amateur division by a shot over a trio of pursuers. Jupiter's D.J. Morris and partner Mike Stamberger, the first-round leaders, fell back when they double-bogeyed the finishing hole.

In the Super Senior division, John Baldwin, a former British Senior Amateur winner and partner Don Gundermann, both of West Palm Beach, won when Gundermann holed a 50-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to beat Van Lefferdink and Lenny Loyd.

The tournament, featuring 54 teams of mostly national-class amateurs, was first launched by legendary Bobby Jones in the '40s and revived four years ago by the Southern Golf Association.

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ABOUT THE Southern States Four-Ball

The Southern Golf Association has revived the storied Southern Four-Ball tournament after more than a half century of dormancy. This elite tournament was played eight times just before and after World War II with legendary golfer Bobby Jones personally presenting the winners' trophies at most of those events.


The tournament attracts an elite field of mid-amateur and senior amateur players including former Walker Cup players and winners of major amateur events.

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