Newsom, Horton win Winged Foot's Anderson Memorial
Roger Newsom
Roger Newsom

MAMARONECK, New York (Sunday, Jun 7, 2015) -- Until the U.S. Four-Ball hit the fairways of Olympic Club this year, the Anderson Memorial was the top dog among team best-ball competitions in the United States. The tournament has it all. History, venue, and a top field of mid-amateur players that would drop just about anything to respond to a coveted invitation.

Sure, the USGA event may be more "important" now, but there is something about playing the same course year after year that may qualify the Anderson as the "Masters of Four-Ball tournaments."

This year, the final match drew young Kris Devlin and partner Craig Smith against Roger Newsom and Adam Horton of Virginia. It's the final 18 holes in a grueling weekend that sees finalists playing their fourth match in two days, after playing 36-holes of medal play on Thursday and Friday.

That isn't easy.

Newsom and Horton didn't dominate this one from the beginning, as the match was square through three holes after the teams traded off victories on the the second and third. But from there, the Virginia team seized on several team bogeys from Devlin and Smith, and took a 4-up lead into the back nine.

At that point, with comfort and odds on their side (4-down is tough to come back from in team best ball) the team of Newsom and Horton added wins with birdies on the short par-4 10th hole and 547-yard par 5 12th to go 6-up, and only needed a par on the 13th to close out the match.

Earlier, Newsom and Horton had defeated two- time champs Parker Smith and Dan Crockett, 2 and 1 while Devlin and Smith won their match over Sam and Will Bernstein of Century Golf Club, 3 and 2.

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Four teams survived two rounds of match play in the weekend marathon of golf also known as the Anderson Memorial Championship.

The first Sunday match will feature Kris Devlin (grandson of the legendary Australian golfer Bruce Devlin) and Craig Smith of Foxland Harbor G&CC of Tennessee vs. Sam and Will Bernstein of New York's Century Country Club.

On Saturday afternoon, Devlin and Smith won a tough quarterfinal battle over qualifying medalists Joe Saladino and partner Dave Boccia, 3 and 1.

The other Sunday match will pair Roger Newsom and Adam Horton of Virginia vs. Parker Smith and Dan Crockett of The Country Club in Tennessee. Crockett and Smith won the tournament in back- to- back years in 2011 and 2012.


George "Buddy" Marucci and Kelly Miller, playing out of Florida's Seminole Golf Club, posted a 67 on Winged Foot's West Course on top of an even par round on the East to take the number one seed in the stroke play qualifying portion of the competition.

They tied with the team from Ohio's Canterbury CC, Bob Fairchild & Brian Sparrow, who also posted 139, and were given the number two seed.

In match play, the medalist teams both went out in the quarterfinals, and the final match pitted John Benson and Don Erickson of Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney CC vs. the Winged Foot team of Jim Graham and Joe Sommers. Benson and Erickson won the Senior title, 3 and 1.

To view the full Senior bracket, click here.


Maybe one of the most difficult invitations to receive of all the invitational four-ball tournaments, The Anderson has been hosted at Winged Foot for over 75 years. Anderson is known for his coverage of Francis Oiumet's U.S. Open victory in 1913 at The Country Club. When Anderson died young at the age of 49 in 1933, Winged Foot's members created the tournament to honor his legacy.

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ABOUT THE Anderson Memorial

Perhaps the most coveted best-ball invitation in all of amateur golf. Created in 1933 to honor Winged Foot founding member and two time U.S. Amateur runner-up John G. Anderson, the event consists of a 36 hole qualifier followed by two days of match play competition in both Championship and Senior divisions.

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