Anderson Memorial: Punxsutawney Duo Wins

MAMARONECK, New York (July 13, 2008) -- Frank Fairman and Nathan Smith of Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Country Club (yes, the groundhog Punxutawney) took home the prestigious John G. Anderson Memorial title today with a 3 & 2 victory over Buzz Baker and Kip Guidry of The Houstonian Golf Glub in Texas.

The Pennsylvania duo made a statement during qualifying by taking the medal with a 10-under 134 total on a U.S. Open layout that defends par on each and every hole.

In the Senior Division, Jody Vasquez and Jim Grainger of Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth defeated Jim Graham and Neil Christie of the host clubin 20 holes. That the match for the senior title should go so long was only fitting, as both Vasquez/Grainger and Graham/Christie survived nail-biters to get there. Graham and Christie, at 2-down with three to play in the semi-finals charged on to victory by winning the final three holes; Vasquez and Grainger went 22 holes before winning their semifinal match.

Final results follow. (note, to view complete medal play qualifying results, click here>)

Winner Frank Fairman & Nathan Smith, Punxstawney CC - PA
3 & 2
Runner-Up Buzz Baker & Kip Guidry, The Houstonian Golf Club - TX
Semi-Finalists Keith Bratton & Brad Niemann, Victoria National Golf Club - IN
  Scott Almquist & Jason Bittick, Coto de Caza Golf Club - CA
Medalist Frank Fairman & Nathan Smith, Punxstawney CC - PA
Winner Jody Vazquez & John Granger, Colonial Country Club - TX
20 holes
Runner-Up Jim Graham & Neil Chrisitie, Winged Foot Golf Club - NY
Semi-Finalists Steve Smyers & Kim Schwenke, Old Memorial - FL
  Peter Williams & John Hart, Isleworth CC - FL
Medalists Jim Graham & Neil Christie, Winged Foot Golf Club - NY


ABOUT THE Anderson Memorial Four-Ball

Perhaps the most coveted best-ball invitation in all of amateur golf. Created in 1933 to honor Winged Foot founding member and two time U.S. Amateur runner-up John G. Anderson, the event consists of a 36 hole qualifier followed by two days of match play competition in both Championship and Senior divisions.

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