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Williams, Whittemore capture Florida Senior Four-Ball
The winning teams at the Florida Senior Four-Ball (FSGA photo)
The winning teams at the Florida Senior Four-Ball (FSGA photo)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla (Sept. 26, 2018) – After one round of the Florida Senior Four-Ball, two teams were tied at the top of both the Senior and Super Senior divisions. It made for an exciting final round at the Golf Club of South Hampton.

The teams of Kelly Gosse and Mike Murphy plus Pete Williams and Don Whittemore each opened with 9-under 63 to lead the senior division. Meanwhile, the teams of Steve Sponder and Marc Rosenbaum and Brian Sachs and Jim Carley tied for the lead in the Super Senior division at 6-under 66.

In the second round, Whittemore/Williams and Gosse/Murphy remained tied through the first nine holes, and both made the turn at 4-under par. Both Whittemore, of Temple Terrace, and Williams, of Juno Beach, birdied the 13th hole and Whittemore birdied the par-5 17th hole to finish Round 2 with a 6-under 66. Gosse, of Inverness, and Murphy, of Oldsmar, each birdied two holes on the back nine to also log a 66 in the final round. With both teams at 15-under 129, the two went into a sudden-death playoff. Ultimately, Whittemore/Williams secured their victory on the second playoff hole. Two teams, Bill Barnes and Terry Werner and Mike Riley and Jacques Legere, tied for third place with a two-day total of 14-under 130.

In the Super Senior division, the team of Rosenbaum/Sponder began the day on fire with a Rosenbaum birdie on the first hole. Sponder continued the birdie train by making three more on the front nine. The team turned at 4 under. Brain Sachs was looking to win his second Senior Four-Ball Championship after earning a victory in 2002 with teammate John Darr. Sachs and Carley fell to even par on the front nine after posting a par on each hole. Carley scored two birdies over the final nine holes, but a bogey sent the duo to a tie for ninth at 7-under 137. Marc Rosenbaum and Steve Sponder hoisted the trophy after earning a three-stroke win with a 13-under 131 total. Bobby Lundquist and Jerry Young captured second place with consistent rounds of 67 for a 10-under 134 total.

ABOUT THE Florida Senior Four-Ball

ELIGIBILITY: Must be age 55 or older, and both entrants must be members of the FSGA. FLIGHTS: After 18 holes. The number of flights in each age division will be based on the number of teams and/or the range of scores. DIVISIONS: 55-64 (Senior), 65 and over (Super-Senior). All teams will compete in the age division commensurate with the youngest player’s age as of the first day of the Championship.

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