NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship: Jim and Doug Williams Remain pair to Chase
Doug Williams takes a swing during Tuesday's round <br>(NCGA Photo)</br>
Doug Williams takes a swing during Tuesday's round
(NCGA Photo)

SEASIDE, NC (April 5, 2016)--Jim and Doug Williams remain the pair to chase at the annual NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship.

A day after opening with a 68, the Williams brothers posted an even better 7-under 65 at Bayonet Golf Course to get to 11-under 133 and will hold a two stroke lead entering Wednesday’s 18-hole finale. The closest team to the leaders is the tandem of Randy Haag and Chip Lutz, who are at 135 after a 66.

The Williams brothers, who had a shot at the title last year before missing a final short putt on the 18th hole, were nearly flawless on a gorgeous day. The pair racked up eight birdies to go against a lone bogey on the par-3 6th. The duo came out on fire. Starting on the back-nine, they’d post a 30 that included four straight birdies from holes No.12 through No.15.

Last year, the Williamses entered the final round holding a share of the lead with eventual champions Casey Boyns and Terry Foreman.

Earlier in the morning wave, it was Haag and Lutz’ turn to make a charge. Haag, winner of the recent San Francisco City Senior Championship, and Lutz, the defending U.S. Senior Amateur champion, posted seven birdies and an eagle but also had three bogeys. The two closed out their round with an eagle on the par-5 18th.

Also making a push was the team of Dale Bouguennec and Jamie Looper. Bouguennec, who leads in the race for NCGA Senior Player of the Year honors, and Looper had a 68 that got them to 138, five behind the leaders.

In the Super Senior Championship, the tandem of Bruce Loman and Dave Sheff took over the top spot at 139 after carding a 69. They’ll hold a two shot lead over Alan Schneider and Gary Shemano (70) entering the final round. First round leaders Chip Campion and Terry Ackerman, who opened with a 69, slipped to a 76.


The Williams brothers are back at it again at the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship.

Doug and Jim Williams, who were in the running for the title last year until a final missed putt on the 18th hole, took the first round lead in this year’s championship at par-72 Bayonet GC in Seaside with a solid opening round 4-under 68.

The Williams brothers lead the team of Randy Haag and Chip Lutz, who came in with a 69, by a stroke. Jim Williams, a member at Orinda CC, and Doug, an AmateurGolf.com member, rang up six birdies to go against two bogeys. The duo was hotter on the front- nine, where they posted a 33.

Haag, a record six-time NCGA Player of the Year and the recent winner of the San Francisco City Senior Championship, and Lutz, a winner of both the U.S. Senior Amateur (2015) and British Senior Amateur (2011), also shot a 33 on the Bayonet front-nine. On the back, however, they’d have to settle for an even- par 36.

At just two behind the leaders after a 70 is the duo of Dale Bouguennec and Jamie Looper. Five teams are at 71, including the tandem of Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari and Terry Foreman and Gary Vanier. Boyns, a four-time NCGA Player of the Year, and Foreman won the title as a team last year.

In the Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, Chip Campion and Terry Ackerman took the lead with a 69. The team of Bruce Loman and Dave Sheff are one back after a 70.

Following Tuesday’s second round a cut will be made with the low 22 and ties advancing in the Senior Championship and low eight advancing in the Super Senior Championship.

ABOUT THE NCGA Senior Four-Ball

First played in 1999, the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship is a two-person, better-ball scratch event for senior (age 55+) and super senior (65+) golfers. The format is 54 holes four-ball stroke play (18 holes per day) over three days. After 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 30 teams and ties.

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