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COTO DE CAZA, Nov. 16--Three years after they won their first team championship, past SCGA Senior Amateur champion Rich Tolly and SCGA Senior Match Play champion Boyd Martin teamed up again, to win the 7th SCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship at Coto de Caza GRC.
The duo, which won the same event in 2007, shot 69-67--136, 8 under par, in the two-person better-ball event for players 55 and older, securing a four-shot victory over the team of Ray Vanyo and Larry Grant (72-68). First-round leaders Steve Yavorsky and Steven Hakes dropped to a tie for 10th place, at 68-76--144.
"The course played very difficult, especially the putting," said Martin, the 2008 SCGA Senior Match Play champion. "We felt that with three holes to go we needed one birdie and two pars to win, but we ended up with three pars, which proved to be enough."
Martin shot a 69 today on his own ball, and between he and Tolly, collected six birdies and one bogey in the round.
"I played well the first nine yesterday and Boyd played well on the second nine," Tolly, the 2007 SCGA Senior Amateur champion, said. "Boyd drives first and he also putts first--he is great at lagging putts close to the hole. Today his putts were always within a foot of the hole if he didn’t make it which is fabulous on these greens."
There was a two-way tie for third at 3-under 141: Gary Fox-Dave Sheff (71-70) and Frank Flanagan-Kent Thompson (70-71). Northern California senior champions Mark Miller and Herb Jensen, Jr. teamed up for fifth place, at even-par 70-72--142.
When asked if the second tournament win is sweeter than the first, Martin laughed.
"Yes, because we’re older! We can’t remember the first because we are so old."