Palm Beach Four-Ball: Pickett/Shaw win
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – John Pickett, a late-hour substitution Thursday evening, made five birdies Sunday as he teamed with teenager Sawyer Shaw to win the 32nd annual Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Four-Ball golf tournament at Bear Lakes Country Club.

“We’re both members here but we had never met before Friday morning,” moments before starting play on the Links course, Pickett said.

“I was supposed to play with Kevin Jordan,” Shaw explained, ”but he called Thursday and said his shoulder was hurting and he wouldn’t be able to go. A mutual friend put us (Sawyer and Pickett) together.”

After 54 holes and three different formats, Pickett, 47, and Shaw, 17, won by five strokes at 19 under par 197. They made 11 birdies Friday for a scramble score of 61; added a 68 in a modified alternate shots event Saturday on five birdies and one bogey, then had six birdies and two bogeys Sunday in four-ball stroke play.

Other flight winners in the Palm Beach County Golf Association tournament were Jimmy Key and Marty Rifkin, champions division, 50-59, 206, winning for the second year in a row; and John Baldwin and Dick Hill, seniors, 60-older, 209. In three days, Key and Rifkin made 16 birdies and six bogeys, while Baldwin and Hill had 14 birdies and seven bogeys.

“It was a good team effort,” said Pickett, who birdied Nos. 3, 6, 7, 11 and 15. “Sawyer made a lot of pars on holes where I was in trouble.” Pickett owns a Palm Beach real estate company. Shaw is a junior at Cardinal Newman High School. He missed the fall season because of injuries.

ABOUT THE Palm Beach Four-Ball

36-hole two-man team event with Open, Senior (ages 50-59) and Super Senior (60+) divisions.

First Round: Better Ball – Both players play their own ball and the lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. If one partner fails to complete the play of a hole, there is no penalty.

Final Round: Modified Alternate Shot – Both players tee off on every hole. You then play your partners drive for your second shot. After second shots have been played, one ball is selected to complete the hole and that ball must be played alternately until holed out.

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