Kannegieser and Powell Dominate at Four-Ball
BANGOR – To any onlooker of this weekend’s Maine Four-Ball Championship, one might guess that Will Kannegieser and Drew Powell have been playing team golf together for years on end. That is not the case, however, as the two young players paired up for this year's event for the very first time. Despite their relative unfamiliarity with each other as partners, the two teamed up to shoot a blistering score of -19 to win the championship at Bangor Municipal by five strokes this weekend.
Kannegieser has been one of the hottest players in Maine all summer long, collecting his third MSGA crystal trophy on the year with this win. He won the Parent/Child Championship in June with his mother Kristin and then successfully defended his Match Play title at Spring Meadows a few weeks later. Throw into the mix top 5 finishes in both the Maine Amateur and The Maine Event and it’s hard to dispute that Kannegieser is playing as well as anyone in the Pine Tree State right now.
His partner, Powell, is from the Bangor area and plays collegiate golf for Duke University in North Carolina. Any other year and he would have been back to school already when the Four-Ball was being played, but due to the coronavirus affecting his college season, he was still in town this year. The two players knew each other from junior golf days in Maine, so decided just before the registration deadline to team up and enter the tournament.
In this weekend’s event, two-man teams competed at Bangor Municipal a 36-hole four-ball stroke play competition in which the better score from either player on every hole counts for the team score. On day one, Kannegieser and his partner torched the golf course, shooting an amazing 59 (-12) on the day. Their round included ten birdies and one eagle, and they even had four birdies that didn’t count for the team score because the partner birdied it as well. Despite taking it so low, so did the Val Halla duo of Mike Arsenault and Mike Steinberg, who managed a 62 of their own on day one to remain near the lead.
The two front-runners were paired together on the second day, and Kannegieser and Powell started right where they left off the day before, making early birdies to extend the lead. The lead was narrowed in the middle of the course, but Powell closed the tournament in style with eagles on 15 and 18 to put the icing on the cake. When the dust settled, Kannegieser and Powell shot rounds of 59-64—123 (-19) to win the event by four strokes. After a second round 65, Arsenault and Steinberg remained in second place, one stroke clear of Martindale’s Brian Bilodeau and Jace Pearson, who shot consecutive 64s to finish -14 in third.