ANDOVER, Kan. - Kent Brown of Colville, Wash., and Chris Maletis of Portland, Ore., rallied on the last nine holes Thursday to win the 23rd annual Society of Seniors-Ed Tutwiler Memorial Four-Ball tournament at Flint Hills National Golf Club.
Trailing by four strokes at the start of the day and still one back after 10 holes, Brown and Maletis made four birdies coming home for their second straight 66. At 12 under par 201, they won by a shot.
Jim Hays of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mike Taylor of Jackson, Miss., were second at 64-202, closing with the low score of the day and equaling the best in the 54-hole four-ball stroke play event.
The local favorites, Nick Onofrio and Johnny Stevens, both members at Flint Hills National and on top after the first and second rounds, were still ahead after 46 holes but made two late bogies for 74-205, tumbling to fourth in the 47-team field. Oklahomans Jim Arnold and Bob Sine, co-leaders the first day, were third at 67-203.
"Flint Hills is a wonderful place," said John Harrigan, the executive director of the Society of Seniors. "Both the golf course and the facilities are as good as we have played in several years. The players were unanimous in their praise."
Designed by Tom Fazio, Flint Hills National hosted the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2001 and many of the players here this week saw the Tutwiler as an opportunity for an early look at the site of the 2007 U.S. Senior Amateur.
The Tutwiler is the second of four tournaments played annually by the Society of Seniors, an organization of senior amateur 55 years and older with handicaps of three or less. Still to come: Nov. 8-11, Dale Morey Championship, World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla., and Dec. 13-15, Ralph Bogart Memorial Mid-Winter Invitational, The Club @ TwinEagles, Naples, Fla.
Society of Seniors
Flint Hills National GC, Andover, Kan.
Championship Flight (55-69), 6,608 yards, par 71
201 - Kent Brown, Colville, Wash., and Chris Maletis, Portland, Ore., 69-66-66.
202 - Jim Hays, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mike Taylor, Jackson, Miss., 72-66-64.
203 - Jim Arnold, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Bob Sine, Tulsa, Okla., 67-69-67.
205 - Nick Onofrio and Johnny Stevens, Wichita, Kan., 67-64-74.
206 - Gary Shimmin, Kentfield, Calif., and Earl Stewart, Fairfax, Calif., 69-69-68.
211 - Gary Hardin and Bob Howe, Tampa, Fla., 74-69-68. Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., and Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 71-71-69. Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., and Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 70-72-65.
212 - Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas, and Randy Sonnier, Kingwood, Texas, 68-75-69. Russ Berkoben and Dan Smith, Perrysburg, Ohio, 72-69-71. Ron Brewer and Fred Rowland, Leawood, Kan., 75-65-72.
Super Seniors (70-over), 6,012 yards, par 71
212 - Jim Frost, Mercer Island, Wash., and Jack Hesler, Dublin, Ohio, 71-68-73.
213 - John McGuiness, Des Moines, Iowa, and Richard Mosman, Dallas, Texas, 73-69-71.
219 - E.B. Gee Jr., LaQuinta, Calif., and Chuck Ribelin, Dallas, Texas, 75-73-71.
220 - Hal Knuth, Racine, Wis., and Ken Murphy, Itasca, Ill., 70-74-76.
222 - Terry Bigham, Rockport, Texas, and Bob Wise, Birmingham, Ala., 77-71-74. Paul Cobb Jr., Norcross, Ga., and Jim Mitchell, Dauphin Island, Ala., 75-72-75.