Senior Four-Ball Championship
September 18-19, 2023
SARASOTA, Fla. – Miles McConnell and Pete Williams survived a playoff to capture the victory over William Mallon and Bobby Bird at the Senior Four-Ball Championship on Wednesday at The Founders Golf Club. The duo finished the week at 12-under 132. This is the fourth Senior Four-Ball win for Williams and his fourth in six years, while McConnell captures his first.
The teams of Mallon/Bird and McConnell/Williams both began the championship with a round of 65 to share the lead at 7 under after the first round. Mallon and Bird finished the first round bogey free with seven birdies. After a 1-under front side for McConnell and Williams in the first round, the pair caught fire on the back nine with seven birdies.
McConnell and Williams got off to a strong start in the final round with three birdies on the front side to take the outright lead at 10 under. Mallon and Bird added key birdies on the 10th and 13th to pull back into a tie for the lead at 10 under. Both teams added birdies on the par-4 16th hole to head to the final hole of the championship tied at the top.
Both Mallon and Bird went for the green in two, with both players narrowly missing their eagle putts, and Mallon finishing with a birdie. Williams rolled his putt in for birdie on the 18th to force a playoff.
On the first playoff hole, McConnell hit his second shot just off the green. The reigning Senior Player of the Year hit his chip shot to three inches and tapped it in for birdie to secure the victory for him and Williams.
Mallon and Bird took home a runner-up finish, ending the championship with two rounds of 67. Rick Cloninger and Steve Riviere made a run at the title, firing a final-round 63 to finish in third place at 11-under 133. The duo moved 14 spots up the leaderboard, finishing the day bogey free with nine birdies.
Three teams finished the championship tied for fourth at 10-under 134.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Senior Four-Ball||6,480 yds., 72.8/137|
Format: 36-holes of gross four-ball stroke play
Eligibility: FSGA Adult member; at least 55 years of age
Handicap: Florida GHIN 15.0 or less
Entry Fee: $380 (per team)
- 36 holes of gross four-ball stroke play (no handicaps; commonly known as better-ball)
- Maximum Field Size - 52 teams (104 players)
- The lowest team score for 36 holes will be the Champion
- if necessary, the field will be flighted into two or three flights for gift certificates based on Round 1 scores
What is a Four-Ball? A four-ball is a two person team where the low score of the two players on each hole is counted. It is commonly referred to as best ball.
- Male amateur golfers
- At least 55 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
- Both entrants are required to be members of the FSGA
- $380 per team ($190 per player)
- Entry Fee includes all cart and course fees, lunch after the final round, and tee gift
- Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Monday, September 18th
- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Round One tee times off of #1 and #10
Tuesday, September 19th
- 8:30 AM - Final round Shotgun
- Awards ceremony and lunch provided following play
Entries will be accepted based upon the order of receipt. Entries received after the competitive field is full or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list. Alternates will be contacted in the order of receipt of entry, if and when, a spot becomes available. A spot will be held for the previous years Champion.
The golf course will be set-up at approximately 6,400 - 6,600 yds.
After 18 holes, the number of flights will be based on the number of teams and the range of scores.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship, limited to after 12:00 PM on the weekend, on a space available basis. Players may play a practcie round at the rate of $40 plus tax and includes a cart and range balls prior to the round. Please call 941-379-3701 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.
Don Whittemore and Pete Williams captured the victory at the Senior Four-Ball Championship at Innisbrook Resort, finishing the week at 10-under 132. This is the third Senior Four-Ball win for Whittemore and Williams and their third in six years.
Exemptions Earned from this Tournament
- Next year's Four-Ball Championship
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