Tutwiler Memorial: Fadel and Smith win
-- photo Society of Seniors
-- photo Society of Seniors
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla (March 1, 2012) -- Final-round scores of 66 meant victory in both the Senior and Super Senior divisons of the annual SOS Ed Tutwiler Four-Ball Championship that concluded Thursday at the Ironhorse Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. A sudden rain storm wiped out play during the middle of the second round on Wednesday, but the final round was played under bright skies and slightly swirling winds.

In the Senior Division, Alan Fadel of Toledo, Ohio, and Dr. Jim Smith, the orthopedic surgeon from Buffalo who bleeds the black and gold of the Boston Bruins, followed their opening round of five-under par 67 with their final-round 66 for a score of 133 and a one-shot victory over Steve Earsley and Doug Lacrosse.

In the Super Seniors, Jack Vardaman, a Washington lawyer by trade, and retiree Gary Strickfaden needed their six-under par 66 to overtake first-round leaders Stan Fischer and Charlie Price. Vardaman and Strickfaden finished at 11-under par 133, two shots better than the Fischer-Price team that had toyed with the field with a first-round 65 but shot 70 in the final round and finished in second place.

Though swamped by the rain on Wednesday, Ironhorse was in perfect shape for the final round. The SOS players greatly appreciated that Ironhorse is a shotmaker's golf course, and they found greens that rolled firm, fast -- and true.

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