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Oak Hill Country Club
The John R. Williams Four-Ball Invitational Committee would like to thank Sir Nick Faldo and Leslie Anne Wade for one of the most memorable days and nights in Oak Hill’s history on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The atmosphere for the entire day could not have been more exciting and we truly appreciate all of the efforts of Sir Nick for every bit of his participation. Oak Hill members and Williams contestants alike were able to share in what was a masterpiece helped by the gorgeous weather.
Originated over 50 years ago as “Oak Hill Scratch Best-Ball Tournament”, and played over the historic East Course from championship tees, the tournament’s four-ball format has been one of the premier events for top amateur and senior amateur players.
In 1961 the tournament was renamed for a distinguished past member of Oak Hill, Dr. John R. Williams. “The Williams” is a fitting tribute to the trees that made Oak Hill world famous. It was by his hand that many of Oak Hill’s trees were planted.
Simon McInnis (Toronto, ONT) and Garrett Rank (Elmira, ONT) overcame a two-shot deficit to start the day in the final round to claim victory by two shots over Oak Hill’s Andrew Kay and Dr. Jim Mason. Kay and Mason had the low round of the day with a 4-under-par 66 but it was not enough to catch McInnis and Rank. After starting the day with the lead, 1st and 2nd Round leaders David and Mike May (Auburn, NY) had been caught by both 1st and 2nd place finishers along with 3rd place finishers (Kyle Maxwell (The Woodlands, TX) and Derek Meinhart (Mattoon, IL), who finished three shots behind.
Don Erickson and John Benson (Punxsutawney, PA) claimed the third victory overall and their second Senior Division title, matching their feat from 2009. They finished three shots ahead of Jay Sessa (Garden City, NY) and Bill McGuiness (Haddonfield, NJ) and four shots clear of Randy Elliott (Winter Park, FL) and Buzz Fly (Memphis, TN). Erickson and Benson began the day with a one-shot lead over John Kircher (Pittsford, NY/Monroe Golf Club) and John Salamone (Sherborn, MA) and pulled away from the field with their final round of 1-over-par 71. Sessa and McGuiness had the low round of the day on the Senior Division side with even-par 70 but it was not enough to catch Erickson and Benson. With the victory, Erickson and Benson became the fourth team with multiple victories in Senior Division play.