Raymore, MO — The final matches of the 2012 Heart of America Four Ball Championship concluded today at The Golf Club at Creekmoor. Now in its 51st year, the Heart of America is one of the oldest team championships in the United States. Past champions, and medalists include PGA Stars Gary Woodland, Payne Stewart, Tom Kite, Tom Pernice and Jim Colbert. Since its inception, the Heart of America Four Ball Championship has identified the best two man team of golfers in the central United States.
In the Open division final, K-State teammates Curtis Yonke and Ben Juffer defeated the pair of Josh Weems and Jackson Foth. After the first 18 holes of the 36 hole final, Weems and Foth lead the match 2 up. They carried that lead until the 25th hole of the match when Juffer made a birdie two to take the first lead for Yonke and Juffer in 22 holes. Once they had the lead, they put the accelerator down. the pair then proceeded to birdie six of the last eight holes in their match to put Foth and Weems away. The victory will allow Curtis Yonke to add his name to the list of Heart of America champions alongside his grandfather, Jim Colbert, who won the championship in 1964.
In the Masteres division, the team of Steve Groom and Andy Smith were victorious winning 4 & 3 over Cunningham and Downey. When asked about the chemistry between himself and Smith Groom had this to say, “he (Andy Smith) never hits it out of play. I can step on every tee and be as aggressive as I want to be, kinowing that he is going to have my back. ” The duo made seven birdies in their first fifteen holes including three straight birdies on holes four, five and six.
Groom and Smith now boast a tremendous record in the Heart of America Championship. They now have three total victories in various HOA Championships They took home the Senior title in 2009 and the Masters title in 2010 and now 2012.
In the Senior division, Mitch Bowen and Stewart Shockley defeated Jim Seward and Dave Harris with a dramatic victory on the eighteenth hole. The steady team of Bowen and Shockley never carded a bogey in their final two matches.
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