Key/Rifkin win Southern States Four-Ball
Jimmy Key, Marty Rifkin
Jimmy Key, Marty Rifkin

JUPITER, Florida (Jan. 13, 2013) --Former MLB pitcher Jimmy Key and teammate Marty Rifkin won the featured Mid-Am divisiion of the 10th Southern States 4-Ball with a final round 5- under-par 67 Sunday at Jonathan's Landing Old Trail.

Palm Beach Gardens' Key, who pitched 15 years for the Blue Jays, Yankees and Orioles, carried most of the load for their 36- hole lead, but it was Rifkin, of Jupiter, who nailed the championship with a pair of long birdie putts on the final nine to break away from a tight pack of contenders. They finished at -13- under 203 to win by two strokes over Jupiter's Mike Weeks and Palm Beach Gardens' Scott Wilson.

Rifkin ran in a 35-footer on the 14th hole to put his team in front, then nailed another long birdie at 17 from 51 feet to end the drama.

Clarence Hardison of Fuquay Varina NC and Skip Runnels of Richmond IN, won the Senior division in a playoff over Randy Elliott of Winter Park and Robert Hess of Casselberry. Hess holed a 20-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff, both teams tied at 14-under 202. Hardison ended the match by making a curling, 30-foot birdie on the second extra hole and watched as both opponents missed birdies from shorter distances.

Charles Bagby of Hobe Sound and Peter Roby of Gulfstream ran away with the new Super Senior division, notching an 8-under 208 for a 10-stroke romp.

The Southern Golf Association tournament, which featured several former U.S. Walker Cup members and other longtime amateur golf luminaries. will be held in 2014 at Mayacoo CC in West Palm.

ABOUT THE Southern States Four-Ball

The Southern Golf Association has revived the storied Southern Four-Ball tournament after more than a half century of dormancy. This elite tournament was played eight times just before and after World War II with legendary golfer Bobby Jones personally presenting the winners' trophies at most of those events.

The tournament attracts an elite field of mid-amateur and senior amateur players including former Walker Cup players and winners of major amateur events.

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