NAMPA, Idaho – The Idaho Four-Ball Championships were held May 19-20 at RedHawk Golf Course in Nampa. The largest championship event of the year had full fields in the Amateur, Womens, and Senior Divisions.
Defending champions Hunter Ostrom and Phil Kennedy took home the Amateur Four-Ball Championship in a playoff against Dean Park and Kenny Walker. Ostrom and Kennedy started Sunday’s final round 2 shots back of the leaders, and knew they would have to score well to win. Starting on 7, the team didn’t have a perfect start, but bounced back from a bogey on 10 with birdies on the tough 12th hole and the 14th hole. An eagle on the Par 5 1st hole brought them to -5, and a long string of pars by Kennedy kept the team in contention down the stretch, culminating in a birdie by both players on 6. Behind them were Dean Park and Kenny Walker, who were playing in the final group. Walker’s eagle on the second to last hole of the day proved to be crucial, and a final round 66 was enough to force a playoff. Park and Walker made par on the first playoff hole and Ostrom, a sophomore at Notre Dame, was left with a 5-foot birdie putt for the Championship which he delivered.
In the Womens Division, Kareen Markle and Stacey Camara came from behind to force a playoff with Kris Fenwick and Anne Williamson where Markle & Camara won on the fourth playoff hole. Markle and Camara came out hot, shooting -3 on the front nine. A rough back nine start was mitigated by birdies on 14 and 17, and a solid round of 67 gave Markle and Camara the lead in the clubhouse. The final group of Fenwick/Williamson and Henley Rauch had final rounds of 70 and 69 respectively, which was enough for a 3-way playoff. All groups had pars on the 1st playoff hole, but on the 2nd hole a tough break proved too much to overcome for Henley and Rauch as they could not match the pars of Markle/Camara and Fenwick/Williamson. Pars again at the 3rd hole sent the playoff to the challenging par-3 4th hole. Camara’s shot landed to about 5 feet, and she was able to sink the birdie putt to win the Womens Four-Ball Championship.
The Senior Four-Ball Championship was closely contested, and it was the team of Jay Sutton and Dan Pickens who came out on top over their final pairing opponents Mike Rawls and Rod Skyles. A -3 start on the first 12 holes by Sutton and Pickens sent the duo into the final 6 holes up by one stroke. A Rawls eagle on 1 tied the match back up, but it was a 30-foot bomb for birdie on 4 by Sutton to take the lead that was the highlight of the day. The two teams matched birdies on 5, and Sutton and Pickens were able to make par on the 6th hole to seal the victory.