Georgia Sr Four-Ball: Adams/Simon Win in Playoff

WAYCROSS, Georgia (Nov 17, 2006) -– Taylor Adams of St. Simons Island and Lawrenceville’s Karl Simon carded a birdie on the third hole of a playoff to hold off Vidalia’s Wally Adams Jr. and Atlanta’s Bill Blalock and capture the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship. The event was held at Lakes at Laura S. Walker in Waycross and Okefenokee Country Club in Blackshear, November 15-17. Finishing in third place, shooting 66 in the final round, were Doc Barnes of Duluth and Tommy Barnes of Alpharetta.

Adams and Simon, who were set up to play together by a mutual friend, carded a six birdies, an eagle (at the par-5 11th hole) and just one bogey on way to posting a final-round 65 to force a playoff with Blalock and Adams Jr. After each of the teams tallied pars on the first two playoff holes, the four players took to the 180-yard 17th. Each of the competitors landed their tee shots on the green but Adams was the only one ot connect on his birdie putt, connecting from ten feet away.

“We were actually set-up to play together by a friend,” Adams explained. “He called me up and said that he knew a guy that I should play with that would be a good partner. He was right.”

Adams Jr. and Blalock began the day tied for the overall lead. After getting off to a rocky start with a bogey at number two, the duo would birdie two holes on the front side and make the turn at one-under par. They would collect four birdies on the inward nine, including three-in-a-row at 11, 12 and 13, to finish with a final-round 67.

Greensboro-tandem Mike Sprouts and Tom Blank, fired a six-under 66 to finish in a tie for fourth position with former champions Frank Perry of Fayetteville and Mike Jackson of Martinez. Ron Waeghe and John Carter, both of Greensboro, who were tied for the lead entering the final round of play, finished alone in sixth with a tournament total of 205. In a tie for seventh place with a 10-under 206 was defending champions Don Marsh of Alpharetta and Kennesaw’s Larry Clark and Savannah-duo Frank Costanzo and Thomas Rood. Four teams would finish the championship with a eight-under 208. They were Jimmy Rigsby of Atlanta and David Hathaway of Macon, Alpharetta’s Jimmy Thomas and Marietta’s Fred Szarko, Boyd Johnson of Statesboro and Bob Smith of Swainsboro and former champions Ted Vallo of Peachtree City and Charlie Edwards of Newnan.

Other flight winners were: first flight – Marc Tate of Evans and Savannah’s Mike McAdams tied with Andy Robinson and James Jarrell of Columbus at 220; second flight – Stan Thorn and Terry Berdis, both of Alpharetta with 220; third flight – Jim Brown of Evans and Sam Smith of carded 231; and in the fourth flight – Don Schrum of Flowery Branch and Len Kaper of Suwanee won with 225.

The Championship flight played all three rounds at the 6,368-yard Lakes at Laura S. Walker which was playing as a par-72. The first through fourth flights played Okefenokee Country Club which was playing as a par-72 at 6,289 yards.

The low 48 teams based on combined handicap index comprised the Championship Flight. The remainder of the field was determined by lottery and flighted by team handicap index. Only the competitors in the Championship flight were eligible for the overall title. Entries were open to male amateur golfers who are at least 55 years old, members of a GSGA member club and residents of Georgia. The maximum handicap differential between partners was six strokes.

GSGA conducts 18 statewide competitions for men and women of all age groups, four interstate matches and 17 USGA qualifying events each year. Other services include computerized handicapping, course rating and measuring, a summer-long junior sectional competitions program, Golf Georgia magazine and two college scholarship programs.

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ABOUT THE Georgia Senior Four-Ball

Open to male amateur golfers; entrants must be at least 55 years old on or before the first day of the Championship for the Senior Division and 65 years old for the Super Senior Division; a maximum stroke differential of six strokes is allowed between partners; if the differential is more than six strokes, the higher index will be adjusted down to six strokes; the stroke differential does not apply in determining the low 48 teams by total team handicap index.

Field: 96 teams - 48 teams based on low team index comprise the Championship flight; remaining Senior Division teams drawn by lottery (1 exempt spot held for each host club; 4 exempt spots held for flight winners); low 24 teams (subject to change) by handicap index comprise the Super Senior Four-Ball Championship flight; both players must be at least 65 years or older as of the first day of the competition.

Format: 54 holes of flighted four-ball stroke play.

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