The winning team of Jon Lindstrom and Richard Bradsby
(Colorado Golf Association)
AURORA, CO (May 7, 2017) - Jon Lindstrom went where no man has gone before in the CGA Four-Ball Championship, and he and teammate Richard Bradsby similarly established a new standard for the event.
Lindstrom became the first person to win the CGA Four-Ball at least three times, and he and his fellow Lakewood Country Club member posted the lowest total score by the winners of the championship since it went to 54 holes in 2011.
A day after scorching CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora with a tournament-best 11-under-par 60 in the scratch better-ball stroke-play format, Lindstrom and Bradsby prevailed in a playoff on Sunday, with Lindstrom pitching to 2 1/2 feet and draining the winning birdie putt. (The two are pictured, with Bradsby at left.)
Lindstrom, winner of the last two CGA Mid-Amateur titles and three Mid-Ams overall, and Bradsby finished at 22-under-par 191 after a closing 65. Also at that figure were 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifiers Jeff Chapman from Inverness Golf Club and Andrew Tapia from The Ridge at Castle Pines North.
Chapman made a hole-in-one on his first hole of the day, the 148-yard second, with a 9-iron. It was his second career ace. Then five holes later, on the par-5 seventh, Tapia added an eagle of his own as the team shot a 10-under-par 61 in regulation on Sunday. But in the playoff, neither Chapman nor Tapia could birdie the par-5 18th. Tapia was in deep rough off the tee and settled for par. And, after a very long drive, Chapman was just off the green in two, but his chip stopped 20 feet short of the hole and he missed his birdie attempt.
Colorado State University teammates Jake Staiano, of Glenmoor Country Club, and Blake Cannon finished in third place, one out of the playoff. They birdied the last four holes -- and nine of their last 12 -- to shoot 64.
Sunday's CGA title was the eighth for the 49-year-old Lindstrom, who has three Mid-Ams, three Four-Balls and two Two-Mans with Dean Clapp to his credit. Lindstrom's previous Four-Ball championships came with Clapp (2012) and Rick Larson (2002). Lindstrom and Clapp also finished second in a playoff in 2009.
Meanwhile, the 48-year-old Bradsby claimed his first CGA title on Sunday, though he has won two other four-ball championships in the last year -- The Broadmoor Invitation in 2016 with Steve Irwin and the The Gallery Invitational in Marana, Ariz., two weeks ago with Brian Dorfman, the 2012 CGA Match Play champion.
On Sunday, Bradsby helped get himself and Lindstrom into a playoff with a 4-foot eagle on the 11th hole and a 15-foot birdie on No. 15 after the team had suffered a bogey on the previous hole.
Lindstrom, who had shot 64 on his own ball in Saturday's round, carded five birdies between holes 5 and 13 on Sunday, in addition to the winner in the playoff.
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