Clark, Marsh Win Georgia Senior 4-Ball Championship

WAYCROSS, Ga. – Larry Clark of Kingston and Don Marsh of Johns Creek posted a final-round, 7-under-par 65 and finished at 20-under-par 196 to win their third Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship. The 19th annual competition took place at Lakes at Laura S. Walker and Okefenokee Country Club in Blackshear. Clark and Marsh won convincingly, finishing four strokes ahead of Steve Collins of Claxton and Wally Adams of Vidalia, who tied with Bobby Brent Jr. and Jimmy Holman, both of Columbus, for runner-up honors.

Rocky Costa of Alpharetta and William Bader of Roswell matched Clark and Marsh’s low score of the day, 65, to move into a fourth-place finish at 15-under 201. Al Everett of Cumming and Dave Sexton of Suwanee tied for fifth with Mark Baxter and Donnie Crump, both of Atlanta, at 204. Dan Rhoads of Flowery Branch and Tom Rief of Albany finished tied for seventh with John Holle of LaGrange and Jim Kamis of Marietta. Three teams – defending champions Ron Waeghe and John Carter, both of Greensboro; Don Russell and Bill Blalock, both of Atlanta; and Christopher DeMarco of Acworth and Ken Walters of Kennesaw all tied for ninth place at 206.

Clark and Marsh, who also won this Championship in 2005 and ’08, finished with a bogey-free tournament. They posted five birdies in the first round, took over the lead with eight birdies in the second round, and posted seven in today’s final round. Brent and Holman, who trailed Clark and Marsh by one shot after the second round, could not keep pace, posting a 68 in the final round.

First-round leaders Ben Benford and Bill Clanton, both of Albany, finished in a tie for 14th after posting their second-straight 73 in the final round.

In the first flight, Speedy Gilstrap and Tom Stewart, both of Columbus, won by five shots at 7-under 209. Leo Johnson of Savannah and Roger Demarco of Pooler won the second flight (219); while Roland Sorel of Dunwoody and Steve Mann of Duluth took top honors in the third flight (227). Clyde Allen and Jackie Warner, both of Rome, won the fourth flight (239).

The Championship flight played all three rounds at the par-72, 6,475-yard Lakes at Laura S. Walker. The first through fourth flights competed at Okefenokee Country Club – a par-72 layout playing to 6,412 yards.

ABOUT THE Georgia Senior Four-Ball

Open to male amateur golfers; entrants must be at least 55 years old on or before the first day of the Championship for the Senior Division and 65 years old for the Super Senior Division; a maximum stroke differential of six strokes is allowed between partners; if the differential is more than six strokes, the higher index will be adjusted down to six strokes; the stroke differential does not apply in determining the low 48 teams by total team handicap index.

Field: 96 teams - 48 teams based on low team index comprise the Championship flight; remaining Senior Division teams drawn by lottery (1 exempt spot held for each host club; 4 exempt spots held for flight winners); low 24 teams (subject to change) by handicap index comprise the Super Senior Four-Ball Championship flight; both players must be at least 65 years or older as of the first day of the competition.

Format: 54 holes of flighted four-ball stroke play.

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