Roger Newsom and Adam Horton took home the championship trophy at the 79th Anderson Memorial at Winged Foot Golf Club, perhaps the world’s premiere four-ball tournament. The pair, hailing from Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club in Virginia, defeated Kris Devlin and Craig Smith of Tennessee’s Foxland Harbour Golf Club 6 and 5 in the final round, taking the lead on the fourth hole and never giving it up.
John Benson and Don Erickson of Punxsutawney Country Club took the senior division trophy 3 and 1 against Jim Graham and Joe Sommers of host club Winged Foot.
The Anderson Memorial was founded by Winged Foot members to honor John G. Anderson, a two-time US Amateur runner-up, who died at the young age of 49 in 1933. Past champions include former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, Craig and Richard Harmon, the father-and-son team of Jerry Courville Sr. and Jr., and local stars Andrew Svoboda and Max Buckley.
Twenty-three two-man teams in each division began medal play on the East Course last Thursday. Players came from 21 states and six other countries, including the team of Luis Fernando Barco and Patricio Alzamora from Lima, Peru.
Local standouts Michael Quagliano and Cameron Young, representing Sleepy Hollow Country Club, made it to the round of 16 where they were eliminated by Joe Saladino and Dave Boccia, playing out of Huntington Country Club. Saladino and Boccia lost 3 and 2 to Kris Devlin and Craig Smith, who then went to the finals. Matt and Peter Meyer of host club Winged Foot lost in the round of 16 to Timothy Kane and Matt Sughrue of Bethesda Country Club.