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PORT ST. LUCIA, Florida – Kirk Hanefeld, of South Hamilton, recorded his best finish of the PGA Winter Championships season as he and James Mason, of Georgia, finished tied for third overall in the Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship, which concluded Tuesday at PGA Golf Club. This was the fourth of six events in the 2020 PGA Winter Championships.
Under the Stableford format, eagles are worth five points, birdies two points, pars zero points, bogeys minus-1 points and double bogeys minus-3 points.
Hanefeld and Mason finished the second round T13 as they were +24 and nine points off the lead. However, they closed with a final round score of 19 to climb into third place and finish just one point behind runners-up Chad Proehl, of Iowa, and JC Anderson, of Florida. It still wasn’t enough to catch champions Ben Kern, of Texas and Ben Cook, of Florida, who closed with a final-round 22 to finish +51 for the tournament.
Hanefeld, 63, who previously served as a Club Professional at Salem CC and The International GC in Bolton, also recorded a top-10 overall finish with Mason during PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship.
Frank Dully, the Head Golf Professional at Kernwood CC in Salem, and John Paesani, an Assistant Golf Pro at The Bay Club in Mattapoisett, finished T12 (+36) with seven other pairings, including Christopher Tallman, the PGA General Manager at The Orchards GC in Hadley, who teamed with Connecticut’s Fran Marrello.
Nick Jagoe, Head Golf Professional at Allendale CC in Dartmouth, and John Hickson, of Florida, scored +24 in the event, while Gregg Richbourg, of Cape Cod National, and Jeff Martin, of Wollaston GC, finished +21.
Up next is the Stroke Play Championship from this Sunday to Tuesday, and the Women’s Stroke Play Championship from February 16-18.