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Texas 4-Ball: Hickman, Bearrie prevail

KERRVILLE, Texas (May 15, 2011) -- An absolutely picture perfect day was the back drop to a nail biting finish in this year’s State Four-Ball Championship which was held at the Club at Comanche Trace. At the start of the day 14 teams where within a mere 5 shots of the round 2 co-leaders Trevor Hyde/David Pocknall and John Bearrie/ Aaron Hickman.

In what may have been the best scoring conditions of the tournament, several teams put the pressure on early posting low numbers and forcing a wire to wire finish from the final pairing.

The front nine holes were a grind for both co-leading teams. Neither team could find the bottom of the hole with their birdie attempts as both teams found themselves trading pars. David Pocknall then struck first birdieing the par 4 ninth hole giving himself and his partner, Trevor Hyde, a one shot lead heading into the closing nine. John Bearrie then answered with a birdie on the par 4 tenth and then another on the par 3 twelfth giving John and Aaron a one shot lead with six holes remaining. Hickman then extended the lead yet again with a birdie on the par 5 thirteenth only to be answered by a Pocknall birdie on the par 4 fourteenth.

Both teams then birdied the fifteenth and Trevor Hyde rolled in yet another on the sixteenth bringing both teams to sixteen under par with just two holes remaining. After trading pars on seventeenth hole both teams found themselves on the par 5 eighteenth tee contemplating strategy. Hickman applied the pressure first when he hit his second shot to eight feet giving himself a makeable eagle putt. After both Bearrie’s and Pocknall’s birdies failed to fall, Hickman was left with an opportunity to seize the victory. In a confident stroke, Hickman dropped his eagle putt on the eighteenth giving he and his partner, John Bearrie, a one shot victory and the State Four-Ball title.

In all, twenty-three teams found themselves under par at the completion of the Four-Ball Championship. Two-time Four-Ball Champions, Titus Harris and Terrence Miskell, continued to improve each round firing a final round of six under par, 66, putting them in a tie for third place with the team of Mike McCaffrey and Austin Williams.

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