STOW -- It took a miraculous run by the team of Patrick Wall and Allen Chase to deprive Wyantenuck Country Club's Andy and Richie Congdon of winning the Massachusetts Golf Association's Senior Four-Ball Championship at Stow Acres Country Club on Tuesday.
Wall, of Wachusett Country Club, and Chase, of Westminster Country Club, shot a stunning 7-under-par 29 on the back nine of Stow Acres' North Course for a final-round 9-under 63 and a 36-hole total of 10-under 134.
The Congdon brothers put together a four-hole stretch of 5-under golf on their final nine holes in shooting a 6-under 66. They finished at 9-under 135.
"Richie had a good chance for birdie on No. 10 and just missed, but then he hit a great shot on No. 11 to four feet to make birdie and another great one on [the par-5] 12th to within four feet for an eagle," Andy said. "He just hammered his 5-wood on that hole and hit a lot of fine shots over the two days, which was great to see."
The brothers teammed well, with Andy, the 2011 MGA Senior Player of the Year and 23-time Wyantenuck club champion, making nine birdies and Richie, a three-time Stockbridge Golf Club club champion, the eagle and three birdies.
Unfortunately, after the hot stretch on the back, the Congdons couldn't find the birdie they needed to force a playoff on the final five holes.
"We didn't say anything to each other, but I think we both knew that we needed one or two more," Andy said.
The Congdon's performance is perhaps a bad omen for everyone else in the field for Saturday's Allied Four-Ball Championship at Taconic Golf Club. The brothers won that title three out of four years at one stretch. Andy was in South Carolina, where he spends his winters, and missed last year's tournament. The brothers won the title most recently two years ago at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
"I was a little concerned about my game until these last two days," Andy said. "I hadn't played competitive golf for six months, but I was pleased with the way I hit the ball and was able to stay focused."