Bearrie/Hickman Claim Texas Four-Ball
LUFKIN, TX (May 20, 2012) -- Once again ideal scoring conditions welcomed the players at the 2012 Four-Ball Championship which was held at Crown Colony Country Club. Warmer temperatures and calm winds set the stage for a dramatic finish which saw several teams leap up the leaderboard during the final round. With low scores posted early, the team of Bearrie/Hickman once again found themselves needing birdies down the stretch to claim their second straight title. In repeat fashion, the team saved their best for their closing holes.

John Bearrie and Aaron Hickman headed into today’s final round holding onto a two stroke lead over Crown Colony’s own John Kennedy and Gary Ivans. After both teams started their rounds with birdies on the opening par five, Kennedy/Ivans claimed a share of the lead on the very next hole making a birdie, three, while Bearrie/Hickman gave one back and settled for a bogey. After trading another birdie on the front nine Kennedy and Ivans found themselves one down heading to the back nine. Hot on their heels was the team of Chris Davis and Ryan Kornmann who fired an opening nine, thirty-four, which also put them just one behind the leaders making the turn.

Bearrie and Hickman stumbled once again on the par four tenth giving a shot back and falling into a tie for the lead. Righting the ship quickly, the team made birdie on the par five, thirteenth, and followed with three straight pars. Stepping up to the tee on the long par three, seventeenth, Bearrie/Hickman found themselves down one to Davis/Kornmann who had caught fire on the back nine with three birdies of their own. Following a spectacular approach on seventeen, Aaron Hickman drained his birdie putt to climb back into a tie for the lead. After both Davis and Kornmann missed ten foot birdies on the eighteenth the stage was set for a dramatic finish. Hickman, who had decided to lay up on the par five eighteenth, found himself starring at a seventy yard pitch shot needing birdie to claim victory. As steady as could be, Hickman placed his shot inside a foot securing a one shot victory for he and his partner, John Bearrie.

In a three-way tie for third were the teams of Kennedy/Ivans, Hyde/Pocknall, and Lance/Ward who all finished the tournament at nine under par, 207.

ABOUT THE Texas Four-Ball

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers age 25 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a certified USGA Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Please reference “TGA State Championship Eligibility” at www.txga.org for additional eligibility details.

Format: Scheduled for 54 holes of Four–Ball Stroke Play.

The field is limited to 80 teams, as outlined below:
Championship: 25 & Over (48 teams)
Senior: 55 & Over (20 teams)
Super Senior: 65 & Over (12 teams)

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