Marucci McCoy Win 4-Ball Championship


Two was the magic number for Mike McCoy in the 71st Southern International Four-Ball Championship Friday at Emerald Dunes Golf Club. McCoy, five-time Iowa amateur of the year, scored an eagle two, two days in a row, on hole No. 2.
After knocking in a wedge on the 408-yard hole in Thursdays third round, he duplicated the feat in Fridays finale to kick start his and partner Buddy Maruccis 3-stroke victory in the featured Mid-Am division. McCoy and Marucci, a two-time Walker Cupper, closed with a 6-under-par, better-ball 66 for a 263 total.
We played great and really teamed well, beamed McCoy, an insurance exec in Des Moines. Buddy is a great putter. The eagles are fun. Ive had it go the other way, but its nice when it goes your way.
Former Walker Cuppers Trip Kuehne and Danny Green put pressure on the winners, pulling within a stroke until suffering a bogey 5 at the 15th hole to fall two behind. McCoy made it three when he canned a sweeping, 60-foot birdie putt on the next hole.
Defending champs Steve Johnson of Chattanooga and Jeff Knox of Augusta opened the day two back, but failed to mount a charge and finished six back tied for third.
In the Seniors division, Steve Earsley of Stuart and Mike Rice of Houston let the title slip away when Earsley missed a 4-foot par saver on the final hole. That dropped them into a tie with Russ Berkoben of Perrysburg OH and Dan Smith of Naples and the two teams were declared co-champions when a heavy thunderstorm just as play was ending left the course unplayable.
Players from 26 states and the District of Columbia competed in the storied Southern Golf Association event.
71st Southern Intl 4-Ball Final Leaders, Emerald Dunes GC, West Palm Beach FL, Par 72; 6,957 yards. Mid-Am Division
263 -- Buddy Marucci, Malvern PA and Mike McCoy, West Des Moines IA 66-64-67-66;
266 -- Danny Green, Jackson TN and Trip Kuehne, Dallas 65-67-68-66;
269 -- Steve Johnson, Chattanooga and Jeff Knox, Augusta 65-65-69; Mike McDermott, Havertown PA and Pat Tallent, Vienna VA 68-65-69-67;
270 -- Duke Delcher, Bluffton SC and Bill Hadden, Manchester Village VT 67-68-70-65;
271 -- Jack Hall, Macon GA and David Noll, Dalton GA 65-68-70-68;
272 -- Randy Nichols, Connersville IN and Skip Runnels, Richmond IN 66-70-69-67; Alan Fadel, Toledo and Eoghan OConnell, Juno Beach FL 67-65-68-72;
274 ' Mike Cline, Carmel IN and Chris Sekella, Baltimore 67-67-73-67; Gene Elliot, W. Des Moines IA and Robert Gerwin, Cincinnati 71-69-70-64.
275 -- Dan Crockett, Nashville and Trey Lewis, Hendersonville TN 66-69-70-70