Amateur roundup: Georgians prevail at J.R. Williams
The John R. Williams Invitational, a 54-hole two-man best ball, is a major event on the amateur calendar in the Northeast from year to year, but that didn’t stop two groups of Georgians from taking the Mid-Amateur and Senior titles at famed Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y on Sept. 21.
Dave Poteet and Mike Cromer combined to win the Mid-Am Division while Lee Dennis and Mel Mendenhall won the Senior.
Poteet and Cromer won by two strokes over Don Padgett and Dan Belden after finishing with a 5-under 205 total. Both teams scored below par in the final round, shooting 69 and 68, respectively.
Dennis and Mendenhall won the Senior Division for the first time, holding off Larry Cooper and Rick Dobbs-Hebron by two shots.
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NEW ENGLAND SENIOR: MCLOUGHLIN TAKES SENIOR, SUPER SENIOR TITLES: Connecticut’s Shawn McLoughlin made history this year at the New England Senior Championship, firing a 36-hole scores of score of 5- over 145 at Falmouth (Maine) Country Club to claim both the Senior and Super Senior titles.
McLoughlin won the overall title for a second time (he also won in 2000) and claimed his third Super Senior crown in five years.
Robert Currey was second in the overall and Super Senior races, posting a pair of 73s.
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MERIT AMATEUR: ATKINSON, JOHNSON DEFEND TITLE: Brian Atkinson and Blake Johnson successfully defending their title at the Merit Club in Libertyville, Ill., site of the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open. The winning tandem joined to gain 32 points in the event’s modified Stapleford system and finish 13 points ahead of runners-up George Getz and Ben Hayes.
In the Senior Division, Jud Grace and Daniel Cook scored 13 points to beat John Seehausen and Fred Lukasik by three shots.
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LEWIS, SMITH TAKE SUNNEHANNA SENIOR TITLES: Sam Lewis fired a final-round 69 to punctuate a terrific week and win the 2013 Sunnehanna Senior Invitational.
Lewis’ 211 total (68-74-69) was four shots better than runner John Rodney.
Pennsylvania senior Paul Schlachter was third after shooting 216 (71-74-71).
In the Super Senior division, Ted Smith fired rounds of 69-75-70 to finish at 214 and win by seven shots.
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TRANS-MISS FOUR BALL: BENDETTI, SWANSON TEAM UP TO WIN: Joe Bendetti and Josh Swanson fired a 7-under 64 in the final round to win the 33rd annual Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball.
The stellar final round put the Austin, Texas are duo at 15-under par for the event and three better than runners-up Ed Sanchez and Trevor Hyde.