Georgia Sr Four-Ball: Mark Baxter & Bill Blalock win it

WAVERLY, Ga. (Nov 11, 2011) – Mark Baxter and Bill Blalock, both of Atlanta, held on to their own lead to win the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship at 18-under-par 195 (60-67-68). Baxter and Blalock won by five strokes over runner-ups Don Marsh of Johns Creek and Larry Clark of Kingston (13-under-par 200; 69-63-68), who won this event a year ago. This year the event celebrated its 20th anniversary and took place at The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove in Waverly and King & Prince Golf Course in St. Simons Island, November 9-11.

Three teams finished tied for third at 11-under-par 202, including Jimmy Thomas of Johns Creek and Richard Van Leuvan of Roswell (65-70-67), Taylor Adams of St. Simons Island and Frank Perry of Fayetteville (65-68-69), and Steve Collins of Claxton and Wally Adams of Vidalia (65-67-70). The Greensboro team of Eric Silver and Frank Travetto (70-63-70) tied with Pete Malcolm of Duluth and Jack Benson of Roswell (66-67-70) for sixth. Rounding out the top 10 at 8-under-par 205 were three teams who tied for eighth. The Columbus team of Jimmy Holman and Bobby Brent, Jr., (70-68-67), Mark Benefield of Duluth and Lee Dennis of Athens (68-67-70), and William Bader of Roswell and Rocky Costa of Alpharetta (68-67-70) finished 10 strokes behind the victorious team of Baxter and Blalock.

To open the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship, the team of Baxter and Blalock fired an 11-under-par 60 (31-29) to secure a five-stroke advantage heading into the second round. In round two, the leaders recorded five birdies and one bogey, improving their total to 15-under-par 127 through 36 holes. Still with a five-stroke lead heading into the final round, Baxter and Blalock never let up as they added four more birdies and one bogey. Over the three-round event, the dynamic duo registered 20 birdies and two bogeys.

In the first flight, Donald Dale and Ernie Venet, both of Moultrie, won at 2-under-par 214 (74-67-73). Tom Toombs of Perry and Doug Johnson of Bonaire won the second flight by six strokes at 3-under-par 213 (69-72-72). In the third flight, Charles Boyle of Atlanta and John Calvert of Jonesboro finished at 7-over-par (74-77-72) to notch the win. Sam Horner of Dawsonville and Duncan Knapp of Big Canoe captured the title in the fourth flight at 7-over-par 223 (75-72-76), nine strokes ahead of that flight’s runner-ups.

The Championship flight played all three rounds at The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove in Waverly – a par 71, 6,410-yard track. The first through fourth flights played each round at King & Prince Golf Course in St. Simons Island – a par 72, 6,209-yard layout.

The low 48 teams based on combined handicap index comprise the Championship Flight. The remainder of the field was determined by lottery and flighted by team handicap index. Only the competitors in the Championship flight are eligible for the overall title. Entries were open to two-man teams of male amateur golfers age 55 or older as of November 9 and who have a maximum handicap differential of six strokes.

The completion of this week’s Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship marks the end of the 2011 GSGA tournament season.

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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