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Detweiler, Simson team up for Carolina Super Senior 4-Ball win
Simson and Detweiler (CGA/Twitter photo)
Simson and Detweiler (CGA/Twitter photo)

First-round leaders, Don Detweiler and Paul Simson, both of Raleigh, N.C., were able to hold onto the lead to win the North Carolina Super Senior Four-Ball Championship on Tuesday at Pinewild Country Club’s Magnolia Course.

The duo started the day with a three-shot lead over their nearest competitors. A slow start by the leaders on a much colder and windier final round, allowed the team of Lawrence Hicks of Greensboro and Alan Dirk of Pittsboro to pull within two at the turn.

A birdie by Dirk on No. 11 gave his team a tie for the lead after a bogey by Simson and Detweiler on the same hole.

“It was a tougher day to play today, much tougher. Cooler temperatures and lots of wind,” Detweiler said. “But we have the experience of knowing what to expect from each other so there weren’t ever any major surprises. That's what makes us a good team.”

Simson and Detweiler were able to rally back making birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 18 to ultimately win the championship with a two-round total of 7-under 137. Hicks and Dirk as well as the team of David Millis and Kim Mansfield, both of High Point, finished tied for second place after posting 4-under 140 for the championship.

“We seem to be able to hold it together on holes where one of us has gone south,” Simson said. “Don covered me with a lot of pars yesterday where I had made bogey or worse and made a few birdies in the meantime. Today he covered me a bunch on the front nine cause I had five or six holes I didn't even come close to making par.”

The win marks the seventh four-ball CGA Championship won by Simson and Detweiler as a team (2008 and 2010, 2012 Carolinas Senior Four-Ball, 2009 and 2013 NC Senior Four-Ball and 2018 Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball).

Chuck Wunsch of Pinehurst and Bernie Schultz of Pinehurst used their local course knowledge to rally back from a two-shot deficit after round one to fire a 3-under 69 in the final round to win the 70+ Division by two shots.

Jan Gustafson Jon Abbett, both of Wilmington, Terry Rathman of Gastonia and Russ McLauchlan of Fuquay Varina, and Vardaman Banks of Mathews and Jerry Hartsell of Midland all finished tied for second place in the 70+ Division with a 4-under 140 total for the two rounds.

ABOUT THE North Carolina Super Senior Four-Ball

The North Carolina Super Senior Four-Ball Championship was created in in 2017 and is for men age 65 and over. This championship is conducted at 36 holes of four-ball stroke play. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index®. Teams may sign up for the 65+ or 70+ age division.

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