S. Carolina Senior Four-Ball: Varn, Rickman win
OKATIE, SC (March 21, 2012) -- On the final day of the 19th Annual Senior Four Ball Championship, the team of Bob Rickman (N.Augusta) and Bob Varn (Orangeburg) held on to their lead to win the championship by one stroke. After an opening round seven under 65, the duo finished with a two under round of 70 for a two day total of nine under par 135. Their steady play on Wednesday included four birdies and two bogeys.

The team of Gene Spencer (Blythewood) and Mike Weiner (Kiawah Island) were eyeing the championship themselves after an opening round 67. Spencer and Weiner were in the final pairing with Rickman and Varn and throughout the day kept challenging for the lead but fell just short having just two birdies on the back nine. Another notable team that made a charge from the field was Walter Odiorne (Columbia) and Bernie Shealy (Columbia). The team of Odiorne and Shealy posted a low round of 66 after shooting a 32 on the front with 6 birdies and finishing with a 34 back nine to get within one stroke of the victors.

The 2012 SCGA Senior Four Ball Championship was played over one golf course, the par 72 – 6,479 yard Callawassie Island Club course in Okatie, S.C. The field consisted of 60 two-man teams that will be split into three flights for the final round. Each team will be playing a four ball format each tournament day. The Senior Four Ball Championship is one of 19 Major Championships conducted annually by the South Carolina Golf Association.

ABOUT THE South Carolina Senior Four-Ball

The SCGA Senior Four Ball Championship began in 1994 as an opportunity for individuals over the age of 55 to have a true partners Championship.

With the emphasis on lower handicapped seniors, the SCGA was allowed more freedom to move the Senior Four Ball across the State and the ability set up more challenging venues for the players looking for stronger competition. Not to cut all players out of the opportunity to win something, the SCGA flights the field after the first round to give everyone a sporting chance for a victory of some kind.

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