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Reiland, Plotkin come Full Circle to win SCGA Senior Four-Ball
(SCGA photo)
(SCGA photo)

The four-ball format is not new to 2019 Champions Dennis Reiland and Jim Plotkin, but nearly two decades ago they were holding a very similar set of hardware at the 2000 Four-Ball Championship.

"It's really come full circle -- [Past SCGA President] Ed Holmes was there when we won in 2000 and he's here now at the Senior Four-Ball," said Reiland.

With wonderful weather and superb conditions thanks to the grounds crew at Bakersfield, Reiland and Plotkin fired a sharp 64, and according to Reiland, it was all Plotkin's doing.

"We wouldn't be here without this guy. I dedicate my trophy and this win to Jim, definitely," Reiland said with a teary eye.

It's just so fun playing with a partner that carries you forward," Plotkin said. "And after more than 20 years of playing golf together, we jive really well."

They actually had a side-bet competition against each other to keep their mind off of the pressures of the tournament. Plotkin explained, "We actually play one dollar birdies, and guess what? I'm going home with one dollar baby!"

The final round was a different story, as players were welcomed to the first tee with 20 mph winds and sub-60 degree weather, making it really anyone's game. After nine holes, there were three teams tied for first, putting some pressure on the eventual champions. With only three birdies in total for the team, every shot was crucial to keep their place.

"Sinking that birdie putt on 11 after the massive bunker shot was a huge turn around and a motivator to keep pushing on," Plotkin said.

Walking off 18 with the sun finally peaking through and a stacked leaderboard, they patiently waited for the scores to roll in. At the end of it all, Derek Patao and Rick Saunders finished one behind at 8-under, with Casey Boyns/Jeff Britton and Mark Gardner/Paul Rice tied for third.

ABOUT THE SCGA Senior Four-Ball

This event is open to two-person teams (partners are not required to be from the same club) with each member having a handicap index of 7.4 and below. All players must be the age of 55 and above. The championship is a 36-hole event, there is no qualifying as all entries are on a first come, first served basis.

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