International Four-Ball: Reeves/Decker win
Keith Decker
Keith Decker

PALM CITY, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2014) – Keith Decker and Christopher Reeves won for the second time, while Alan Fadel and Doug Lacrosse won by a countdown Sunday in the 58th annual International Four-Ball Championship at The Fox Club.

Decker, of Martinsville, Va., and Reeves of Jupiter, overhauled the first and second round leaders with a final round of 65 for 198. They won the mid-amateur division here in 2010 at 195, taking a seven-stroke lead into the final round.

“We birdied four of the first seven holes, got off to a good start on the back nine, too, and never had a par putt longer that four or five feet,” Reeves said. “The biggest difference was at the third hole (a par-4) when I made birdie (6- iron to six feet) and they both hit their tee shots into the water.”

Jon Veneziano of Mount Dora and Ryan Abbate of Fort Lauderdale had opened with 64-65, sharing the first round lead and leading outright after two but they finished second with 70 for 199.

Fadel, of Toledo, Ohio, and North Palm Beach, and Lacrosse, of Tampa, were playing as partners for the third time in the senior division. They were third in 2012, second last year and won by two shots Sunday on 63 the final round for 196.

Former golf teammates at the University of South Florida, Fadel and Lacrosse birdied five of the first eight holes, then three of the first five on the back, and never made bogey. “Doug had a big save on the final hole,” Fadel noted, hitting a 102-foot wedge to two feet for a comfortable par putt.

Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va., and Rick Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale, the 2012 champions, closed with 65-198 for second place. Robert Morris and Robert Vallis, the first and second round leaders, shot 72-203, falling off the prize list.

In the Legends Division for players 65 and older, the winners Saturday were Ron Waeghe of Greensboro, Ga., and Tom Blank of Rochester, N.Y., with a 36-hole total of 140.

There were 30 mid-amateur teams, 25-54 years; 27 seniors, 55-64; and eight in the legends flight.

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ABOUT THE International Four-Ball

Started in 1957, the International Four-Ball is one of the most prestigious amateur events in the country. The Championship includes Mid-Amateur (ages 25-54), Senior (ages 55-64) and Legends (ages 65 and up) Divisions. All divisions compete in a Four- Ball Stroke Play format which is contested over 3 days and 54 holes. This prestigious event has a rich history, with past champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Deane Beman, Dick Siderowf, Vinnie Giles, Jim Holtgrieve and Downing Gray.

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