Cawthorne/Stephenson take Texas North Four-ball Championship
Patrick Cawthorne (left)
Carrollton, TX (Feb. 26, 2012) -- Cool and extremely windy conditions welcomed the players during the final round of the 2012 North Four-Ball Championship which was held at The Honors Golf Club of Dallas in Carrollton, TX. Player’s battled wind gusts of up to 35mph for the duration of the day, which was reflected in a much higher scoring average compared to Saturday’s opening round. While most teams found themselves moving backwards, a handful of teams were able to persevere through the wind and card under par rounds.
First round leaders, Mike Calef and Kevin Somers, took a two shot lead heading into Sunday over their final round fellow-competitors, Patrick Cawthorne and Lewis Stephenson. After making birdies on holes two and five, Calef and Somers, struggled to find red numbers and quickly found themselves in a battle with the team of Cawthorne and Stephenson.
Starting their round with four straight pars, Lewis Stephenson got things moving with a birdie on the par-4, fifth. Cawthorne then birdied the par-5, sixth, cutting the Calef/Somers lead back to two shots. Birdies on eight and ten and a Calef/Somers bogey on eleven quickly diminished the three shot lead and left Calef and Somers one down standing on fourteenth tee. After hitting his approach to thirty-five feet on the par-3, fifteenth, Stephenson confidently rolled in his birdie putt extending his team’s lead to two. Capitalizing on a great approach on the par-5, sixteenth, Patrick Cawthorne drained his birdie putt and all but sealed victory for his team.
A stellar closing round of six under par, 66, gave Patrick Cawthorne and Lewis Stephenson a three shot victory over the team of Mike Calef and Kevin Somers. Rounding out the top three was the Fort Worth team of Jay Danzi and Jordan Wolf, who carded a final round 67. In all, only eight teams conquered the brutal wind conditions and fired closing rounds under par.
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