WESTMINSTER, CO (October 9, 2016) -- Whether your surname is Irwin or Erwin, this weekend spelled victory in the Colorado Four-Ball Championship.
Steve Irwin of Lakewood Country Club and Barry Erwin of Murphy Creek Golf Course led -- or co-led -- from wire to wire and posted a one-stroke win Sunday at Legacy Ridge Golf Course in the 35th CGA Four-Ball.
It marked a record third CGA Four-Ball title for Irwin -- all with different partners. The 42-year-old son of three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin prevailed in 2004 with Pat Diaz and in 2009 with Alex Buecking. No one else has won more than two CGA Four-Balls. Overall, Irwin owns six CGA championship wins, having also captured a Match Play and two Mid-Amateurs. (The champions are pictured, with Irwin at left.)
Speaking of Buecking, he and partner Trent Isgrig of CommonGround Golf Course, who shared the lead with Irwin and Erwin after rounds 1 and 2, were paired with them on Sunday and finished tied for second, one back on the champions. The other runners-up were John Hayes of CommonGround and Dallas Massey of South Suburban Golf Course.
The competition went down to the wire as Erwin two-putted for birdie from 10 feet on the 54th and final hole, while Isgrig got up and down for birdie. Playing in the group behind, Hayes and Massey could have forced a playoff with a birdie of their own, but could do no better than par.
Erwin, a 35-year-old left-hander from Aurora who won his first CGA championship, and Irwin closed with a bogey-free round of 5-under-par 67, giving the the two former pros a 19-under-par 197 total. Hayes and Massey carded a 66 Sunday and Buecking-Isgrig a 68 to finish tied at 198.
Andy Dannewitz of the Club at Ravenna and Brian Richmeier of Meadow Hills Golf Course tied the best score of the tournament with a 62 on Sunday share fourth place at 200 with University of Colorado golfers Ross Macdonald and Ryan Schmitz, who had a 69 on Sunday.
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