DEAL, N.J. – Michael Brown and Peter Barron won the 90th New Jersey Four-Ball Championship on Wednesday, May 18 at Deal Golf & Country Club. Brown, of Rock Spring Golf Club and Barron of Galloway National Golf Club took down Knickerbocker Country Club’s Max O’Hagan and Cameron Bell, 1-up.

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At the start, the finale was back and forth. It wasn’t until the 11th hole when Brown drained a 20-foot birdie putt to give their team a 1-up advantage over O’Hagan and Bell, which they ran with through the remainder of the match.

 

"It was a long day out there, it's hard to remember everything that went on, but I just remember Pete making putt after putt after putt when we absolutely had to have it," explained Brown after the victory. "That's what I'll remember most about today and yesterday also."

The Brown and Barron duo earned the dramatic victory on the par-3 18th hole as the pair halved the hole with O'Hagan and Bell. 

"I chimed in now and again but I really watched Pete play some amazing golf today," said Brown.

In the quarterfinals, Brown and Barron took down fellow Philadelphia area players, Tom Gramigna and Jamie Slonis, 3&1. Through 10 holes, Brown and Barron led 3-up over the Tavistock Country Club pair and sealed the victory on the 17th hole.

"It was a great team effort," Barron said. "We've played in a few different qualifiers over the past couple of years and have become good friends, we feed off each other, we're both confident in the other person and if we're not in the hole, we feel we're ok."

The morning semifinal matches went down to the wire. Deal’s Campanile and Hart closed their 3-down deficit to O'Hagan and Bell to just 1-down after winning No. 11 and 12, but ultimately fell to the Knickerbocker duo after dropping the 16th hole.

Brown and Barron are also former NJSGA champions. Brown won the 2021 NJSGA Amateur Championship as well as the 2020 Mid-Amateur Championship. Barron won the 2017 Mid-Amateur Championship.

The two were a combined 10-under par over their two matches on Wednesday.

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