Doug Hanzel, Buzz Fly ahead at Southern States Four-Ball
Doug Hanzel
Doug Hanzel

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2015) — Denied in a playoff last year, former PGA TOUR player Buzz Fly and partner Dr. Doug Hanzel, the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champ, jumped out to the first round lead Friday in the senior division of the 12th Southern States Four-Ball at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club.

Hanzel, from Savannah and Fly, from Memphis, teamed for a seven-under 64 better ball to take a one-stroke lead over the team of Winter Park’s Randy Elliot and Orlando’s Bret Voison. Chris Hall, Kennesaw, Ga., and Richard Keene, Chattanooga, are another stroke back at 66. The notable team of former Walker Cupper Duke Delcher and Las Vegas businessman Brady Exber, named National Amateur of the Month in October, opened with a 68.

In the Mid-Amateur division (25 & older), D.J. Morris, Jupiter, and Mike Stamberger, Brielle, N.J., jumped in front Friday, also with a 64. Richard McCarthy of Palm Beach and Robbie Wight of West Palm are a stroke back.

There is a three-way tie for the Super Senior lead, including the team of Fred Quigley of Warren, R.I., and Virginia’s Bob Rotella, the famed sports psychologist who has worked with numerous PGA TOUR stars.

The 54-hole tournament, first launched by legendary Bobby Jones and revived four years ago by the Southern Golf Association, is scheduled to conclude Sunday.

ABOUT THE Southern States Four-Ball

The Southern Golf Association has revived the storied Southern Four-Ball tournament after more than a half century of dormancy. This elite tournament was played eight times just before and after World War II with legendary golfer Bobby Jones personally presenting the winners' trophies at most of those events.

The tournament attracts an elite field of mid-amateur and senior amateur players including former Walker Cup players and winners of major amateur events.

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