South Carolina (SCGA) Senior Four-Ball Championship

BLYTHEWOOD, SC (March 23, 2006) -- The team of Vic Hannon (Camden) and Bob Stringer (Blythewood) captured the 2006 Senior Four Ball Championship after a thrilling battle with first round leaders Tommy Ford and Charlie Swanson, Sr., both from Mount Pleasant. The Hannon - Stringer pairing fired a final round five under par 66 to give them a two day total of eleven under par 131. That final score was just one shot better than the Ford – Swanson team, as well as the team of Jim Barnette (Anderson) and Joe Vignati (Bluffton). Ford and Swanson shot a final round three under par 68 to finish at ten under 132 for the championship, while Barnette and Vignati shot four under par 67 to also finish at ten under par.

Playing better ball format, Hannon and Stringer teamed for six birdies en route to victory. The most crucial came at the eighteenth hole, with both teams in the final pairing tied at ten under par, and the Barnette – Vignati team in the clubhouse at ten under par. After watching the Swanson – Ford team knock both approaches on the green for makeable birdie putts, Bob Stringer came through with a masterful shot that ended up inches from the hole. His tap in birdie sealed the deal as both Swanson’s and Ford’s birdie tries rimmed out. The two man team, who had won two previous Senior Four Ball Championships, was gracious in victory after a back and forth battle with their playing competitors.

The 2006 SCGA Senior Four Ball Championship was played on the par 71, University Club at Cobblestone Park in Blythewood, S.C. The field consisted of 64 two-man teams playing Best Ball format conducted over thirty six holes. The Senior Four Ball Championship is one of 17 Major Championships conducted annually by the South Carolina Golf Association.

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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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