Olds and Vaughn team to win NCGA Masters Division Four-Ball
Champions Scott Olds and Kip Yaughn and third place<br>finishers Jim Williams and Mike Staskus (left to right)<br>NCGA photo
Champions Scott Olds and Kip Yaughn and third place
finishers Jim Williams and Mike Staskus (left to right)
NCGA photo

Years after playing together in little league, childhood pals Scott Olds and Kip Yaughn proved to be a lethal duo on the golf course.

Olds, a member at Antioch GC, and Yaughn, who plays out of Oakhurst GC, carded their second straight 8-under 64 Tuesday at Poppy Ridge GC, leading to a win in the 12th annual NCGA Masters Division Four-Ball Championship.

The duo’s two-day score of 16-under 128 tied the tournament record, set by 2014 winners Scott Anderson and Mark Pavletich and runner-ups Jon Peterson and Eddie Davis, who lost in a playoff. The tandem of Paul Rice and Rick Taniguchi were second at 131 following a final round 63.

“It’s awesome,” Olds said. “Growing up together makes it even better.”

Olds and Yaughn made their team debut at last year’s Master Division Four-Ball. They’d finish in sixth place.

“Last year when we partnered up Scott said he’d get me a medal,” Yaughn said. “He followed through big time.”

The two 46-year-olds ended up carrying each other. In Monday’s first round, Olds shot a 66 on his own ball. A day later it was Yaughn’s turn, as he’d card a 69 on his own ball.

Having entered the final round with a two stroke lead over three teams, Olds and Yaughn started somewhat slowly, posting a front-nine 33.

The sluggish start enabled the team of Dominic DeBellis and Andy Nevin, who were also in the final foursome, to get within two shots after the 1oth hole. Rice and Taniguchi, meanwhile, were a shot behind the leaders.

The difference would be a late Olds/Yaughn push that included sets of back-to-back birdies on holes No.13 and No.14 and No.16 and No. 17.

Rice and Taniguchi played their final eight holes at 2-under. DeBellis and Nevin went 2-over through the last eight holes en route to a 70.

“We had our chances,” DeBellis said. “I made a birdie on No.10 and Scott (Olds) was 10-feet above the hole. So we’re thinking we’re going to gain a shot. Then Scott knocked it in. They both played really well. We just couldn’t get any putts to drop.”

Yaughn’s baseball career went far enough that he would be drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and then-Florida Marlins as a pitcher.

Now that his career on the diamond is over, he’s playing more golf. It appears he’s found the perfect partner in Olds.

“We’re getting more used to playing together,” Yaughn said.

Third place went to the team of Mike Staskus and Jim Williams, who also had a final round 63.

ABOUT THE NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball

Two-person, better-ball scratch event for NCGA members 25 years of age and older. FORMAT: 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day. ELIGIBILITY: Players must have reached their 25th birthday by the start of the tournament and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s Master Report of 5.4 or less on the date of registration. Partners need not be members of the same club.

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