Canadians Rank, McInnis prevail at Williams Four-Ball
Scott McInnis (left) and Garrett Rank
Scott McInnis (left) and Garrett Rank

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Two-time reigning Canadian Mid-Amateur champion Garrett Rank and his partner Simon Mcinnis won by two at Oak Hill Country Club on Saturday, capturing the John R. Williams Four-Ball Tournament.

The Canadian pair entered the final day at the property's East Course, which has hosted multiple PGA Tour major championships, two strokes back of two-day leaders David and Mike May — an Uncle/Nephew pair from Auburn, N.Y. But by tournament's end, the Mays had fallen apart during the final round, and the men from up north had put together their third consecutive under-par round.

Rank, of Elmira, Ontario and McInnis, of Toronto, Ontario, fired rounds of 68-67-68 at the par-70 track to best second-place finishers Andrew Kay and James Mason, who carded the lowest score of the final round — 66. The duo from the Rochester, N.Y. area squeaked past Kyle Maxwell and Derek Meinhart for the runner-up spot.

Maxwell and Meinhart, from Texas and Illinois, respectively, were the only other team, other than the winners, to post three consecutive under-par rounds.

The May team, with a final-round 77, fell back into a tie for 10th place.

In the Senior Division, Don Erickson III and John Benson used a second-round 66 — the lowest score in the division by one during the entirety of the tournament — to cruise to a three-stroke win. The Pennsylvania pair bookended their 4-under 66 with 71s on Thursday and Saturday, trailing first-round leaders John Salamone and John Kircher by four after day one.

Grabbing second place in the Senior Division were Jay Sessa and Bill McGuinness at one-over par 211.

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54-hole two man best ball format. By invitation only. Entrants must have a handicap of 3.4 or less, with the team total not to exceed 5.5. Both members of teams in the Senior Division must be 55 years of age by the first day of the tournament. Senior index requirements are 4.4 individual and 7.2 team.

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