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Williams, Whittemore claim Florida Senior Four-Ball title
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The final round of the Florida Senior Four-Ball was nothing but a shoot-out between the teams at the top. First-round leaders, Joe Shaktman and Rick Woulfe fired yet another impressive 8-under 64 to take their total to 16-under 128. However, this was just not enough to keep the lead from the red-hot defending champs. Pete Williams and Don Whittemore combined for seven birdies and two eagles during Wednesday's final round.

Their rounds of 65-61 for an 18-under 126 gave them a two-stroke victory over the first-round leaders. The teams of Jimmy Jones/Richard Kerper and Brian Keenan/Paul Royak each came firing back with final rounds of 8-under 63, but came up short and in a tie for third.

Much like the senior division, the super-senior defending champs started off on the right foot. The team of Steve Sponder and Marc Rosenbaum finished the first round at 5-under 67, good enough for a two-stroke lead over second place.

The teams of Bobby Lundquist/Jerry Young and Robert Cunningham/Ronald Cornette looked to chase down the defending champs after their rounds of 3-under 69 on Tuesday. Birdies were needed in a hurry for either team to catch Sponder/Rosenbaum.

Wednesday brought a little more drama as the leadboard became much tighter. Low numbers were to be had - the teams of Pete Andrews/Skip Lujack and Joseph Branconi/Tom Grady each fired final rounds of 6-under 66, but were just too far back to start the day. Our first-round leaders, Sponder/Rosenbaum, played a steady final round and ended with a clutch birdie on their last to secure their round of 2-under 70.

The team of Cornette and Cunningham came roaring back with a round of 4-under 68 to tie the first-round leaders at 7-under 137 total. However, both teams were edged by the team of Bobby Lundquist and Jerry Young. Lundquist/Young had their own heroics by topping the birdie made by Steve Sponder and Marc Rosenbaum on the last hole of regulation. This putt gave Lundquist and Young a two-day total of 8-under 136, and the outright victory.

ABOUT THE Florida Senior Four-Ball

ELIGIBILITY: Must be age 55 or older, and both entrants must be members of the FSGA. FLIGHTS: After 18 holes. The number of flights in each age division will be based on the number of teams and/or the range of scores. DIVISIONS: 55-64 (Senior), 65 and over (Super-Senior). All teams will compete in the age division commensurate with the youngest player’s age as of the first day of the Championship.

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