Alexandria businessman Tim Vigotsky teamed with Richmond’s Glenn Mullian to win the 55-and-over senior division at the 61st annual Bell Haven Four-Ball on May 2. They shot a smooth six-under 66 on the first day, and then rode timely birdies in the final round to gain a one-stroke victory.
Two young Maryland players won the Bell Haven Four-Ball. Chris Baloga of Towson teamed with Ray Sheedy of Mount Airy to beat a full field of top-flight players. They shot a 10-under, better-ball score of 69-70-67 — 208 to win by one stroke.
Almost 100 two-man teams competed in the traditional opening event of the Washington-area amateur golf season. Each golfer plays his own ball, and two teams play in groups of four, hence the term "four ball."
Baloga, who won the 2008 Middle Atlantic Amateur at Belle Haven, produced the most sparks in the final day by birdying five holes, including 17 and 18 to seal the win.
"Ray had sure pars on the last two holes, so I was able to hit aggressive putts," Baloga said afterward.
At the awards ceremony, Sheedy explained the team’s success: "I just kept saying ‘Good putt, Chris’ over and over again."
Two players from Alexandria’s Episcopal High School — Patrick Bailey and Adam Stowe — won the junior division. Eight high school teams participated.