Palm Beach County Four Ball: A Repeat

WELLINGTON, Fla. (May 20, 2007)-- High school and college teammates Chappell Brown and Robbie Wight of West Palm Beach have made it two wins in a row in the Palm Beach County Four-Ball Championship. One more and they will tie the record.

Playing 54 holes without a bogey on the Cypress course at Palm Beach Polo, Brown and Wight finished at 21-under-par 195 Sunday, winning by five shots. A year ago they set the tournament record with 191 on the Links course at Bear Lakes Country Club to win by three.

Former teammates at Cardinal Newman High School, now at the University of Florida, Brown and Wight opened with a pair of 66's in four-ball stroke play Friday and modified alternate shots Saturday, then closed with a scramble score of 63.

The record of three consecutive Four-Ball titles was set by Tom Knapp and Bill Wheeler in 1982-84, the first three years of the event, and matched by Mike Lefebre and Eric Schreiber in 2000-2002.

Tied for second at 200 were John Sanford and Mike Weeks, the winners in 1987, with Brian Fragakis and Erik Downs, who tied for second a year ago. Sanford and Weeks, a former local club professional playing his first tournament since regaining his amateur status, closed with 63, while teenagers Fragakis and Downs shot 65.

Coincidentally, the top three teams and the tournament sponsors, John and Jim Arrigo, are members at Bear Lakes.

"We are both better players than we were a year ago and we both played solid all week," said Wight, who turns 20 on Monday. "This is a tough golf course, especially the way the wind blew this weekend."

Added Brown, 20: "We have played a lot of golf together at Bear Lakes. We are very familiar with each other's games and know what to expect from each other."

Generally, Brown hits it longer and Wight usually does a bit better job of keeping the ball in play. The closest they came to a bogey was on Sunday at the par-3 11th hole with water close to the back of the green. Wight's tee shot was over the green but not in the water, Brown's on the green near the back fringe. Putting first in the scramble format, Wight made the birdie.

"It was a two-shot swing," Wight said. "It could easily have been a bogey but we made birdie."

They made six birdies both Friday and Saturday, nine on Sunday.

Weeks and Sanford had nine birdies. Fragakis and Downs made eight birdies and a bogey. Both teams made four birdies in a row starting at No. 7.

-- 195 -- Chappell Brown, Robbie Wight, 66-66-63

-- 200 -- John Sanford, Mike Weeks, 67-70-63 Erik Downs, Brian Fragakis, 66-69-65

-- 201 -- Jared Meyers, Deron Zendt, 66-69-66 Paul Kaneb, John Pinkham, 64-70-67

-- 203 -- Dann Merrell, Brandon Smith, 67-72-64 Rick Othmer, John Tighe, 69-68-66

-- 204 -- Steve Gross, Dave Roschman, 65-71-68

-- 205 -- Chris Burnett, Parker Rudd, 69-72-64. Danny Germaine, Chris Hatfield, 68-69-68 Mike Lebebre, Eric Schreiber, 66-70-69

-- 207 -- Doug Luce, George Weston III, 69-73-65 Richard McCarthy, Ray Sheppard, 68-70-69

-- 208 -- Brent Bush, Larry Monteith, 67-75-66 Gary Mackintosh, Andy Spears, 70-70-68. Tom Fiocchi, Mike Nealy, 64-75-69

-- 209 -- Chris Cowell, Jude Eustaquio, 72-69-68

ABOUT THE Palm Beach Four-Ball

36-hole two-man team event with Open, Senior (ages 50-59) and Super Senior (60+) divisions.

First Round: Better Ball – Both players play their own ball and the lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. If one partner fails to complete the play of a hole, there is no penalty.

Final Round: Modified Alternate Shot – Both players tee off on every hole. You then play your partners drive for your second shot. After second shots have been played, one ball is selected to complete the hole and that ball must be played alternately until holed out.

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