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Norton-Addington Prevail in Senior Four-Ball

Birdie barrage overcomes 2-stroke first round deficit

Mark Addington and Bryan Norton were all smiles at the conclusion of the Senior Four-Ball.  Mark Addington & Bryan NortonOn a perfect weather day to score, they had done just that – eight birdies and no bogies for an eight-under par 63.

After the first round four teams were in the best position to win the championship.  Three teams were 5-under par, including Addington and Norton, and one team at 7-under par.  Jim Seward and Dave Harris had teamed up for a 64 in the first round and would have the chance to win their first KGA title.  But seeing Bryan Norton, the two-time Kansas Amateur and Senior Amateur champion, and Steve Groom, always a contender, teamed with Karl Elbrecht, they knew they would have to play their best to hold onto that slim lead.  Jeff Knox and partner Steve Sloan had also posted a 66 and could be a team to watch.

The golfers found the early Spring conditions much better than what had been experienced over prior days in Kansas with ice, snow and cold winds.  Even with the late Spring the golf course at Terradyne was well-groomed and ready for a tough test.  40 teams competed over 36 holes in three divisions, including the Championship, Super Seniors and a Net division.

Lynn Dickey, the former K-State and Green Bay Packers quarterback, gave his partner Rob Gleissner reason to roar in the first round when on the par three #1 hole Dickey’s 163 yard shot found its way into the hole for golf’s version of the “Hail Mary”.

As the critical second round unfolded it was apparent that the title would likely rest with either Addington/Norton or Groom/Elbrecht.  Norton birdied holes 5, 6 and 9 and Addington added a birdie at the par 5 second hole.  Their 31 on the front had already put them into theJeff Knox & Steve Sloan lead with Groom/Elbrecht only one stroke back.

It might have been to their advantage to be playing in the group ahead of the first day leaders, as Norton/Addington caught fire on the back nine with four more birdies; three from Norton on holes 11, 13 and 14.  Addington’s birdie at another par five, #17, sealed the deal.  Groom/Elbrecht also birdied #17 but their final round 65 was not enough to keep pace with the birdie barrage launched by the champions.

First round leaders Seward and Harris played well with a second round three-under par 68 but their two stroke lead could not hold off the competition, resulting in a third place finish.

In a moment of reflection Bryan Norton could not recall having ever won a four-ball event.  His trophy shelf is loaded with individual trophies, including two Kansas Amateurs and two Kansas Senior Amateurs.  Mark Addington was quick to offer that it may be his first four-ball win, but it won’t be Bryan’s last as long as he has him as a partner!

 

The Super Senior Division was won by veterans Ron Brewer and David Anderson.  Their first round three-under par 68 put them three strokes behind brothers Dick and Wendell Stuntz.  They posted a second round five-under par 66 on the strength of four birdies from Brewer and then waited to see if any team could beat their 134 total.  They were visibly surprised when brothers Stuntz posted a two-over par 73 for the second round giving the winners a two-stroke margin over Doug Kaup and Bob Vidricksen.

For complete results and the photo gallery of the 2013 KGA Senior Four-Ball, go to www.kansasgolf.org. The 2014 Senior Four-Ball will be played at Prairie Highlands Golf Course in Olathe, Kansas on May 12-13.