Angis and Hamilton Capture Four-Ball Title
BAR HARBOR – For the second straight day on Mount Desert Island, the October winds made for some difficult conditions for competitors in the 2019 Four-Ball Championship. At day’s end, Brian Angis and Joe Hamilton (Biddeford-Saco CC) prevailed with a final round 68 (-2) at Kebo Valley to shoot a two-day total of 134 (-6) to win by two strokes.
The duo from Saco had been in contention numerous times over the past seasons in this very event, but were unable to close the deal until this weekend at Northeast Harbor GC and Kebo Valley GC. Their final round 68 tied for the low round of the day, as only four teams broke par under windy conditions on Kebo’s notoriously difficult greens. The two made four birdies on the day against only two bogeys.
Playing alongside Angis and Hamilton were overnight leaders Jon Hardy and Ricky Jones (Samoset Resort), who started the day with a one-stroke lead. Hardy and Jones had a rough start to their day, and after ten holes found the team at +5 on the day and back to even par for the event. Seemingly out of the tournament at that point, Jones rattled off four birdies in a five hole stretch to get within one shot going to Kebo’s short 18th hole.
Hamilton drove it under the trees on the right side of the hole and hit a wonderful flighted wedge to eight feet and set up a downhill birdie look. Jones hit his approach 25 feet short, and after just watching the putt miss on the high side of the hole, Hamilton had two putts to win the title. Closing it out in style, Hamilton rolled in the birdie putt to give him and Angis a two-stroke win.
This marks the second time that Angis and Hamilton have been part of a winning team in 2019, as the two teamed up with fellow Biddeford-Saco members Zach Golojuch and Jimmy Quentin to win the Club Team Championship at Belgrade Lakes in May. With the Four-Ball being the last MSGA championship of the season, Angis and Hamilton will end the year having captured bookend championship events for the calendar season.
Finishing in third place were the teams of Tim Desmarais (Riverside GC) and Steve Lycette (Falmouth CC), alongside Ashley Fifield (Martindale CC) and Mike O’Brien (Biddeford-Saco CC). Both teams finished at 138 (-2).
Winning the net division were recent Mid-Amateur champion John Hayes IV (Purpoodock Club) and his partner Alex McFarlane (Riverside GC). The duo shot 130 (-10).