Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Double the Fun Pair Sweeps Legends Titles

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Double the Fun Pair Sweeps Legends Titles

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AMELIA ISLAND -- Charles Coody and Dale Douglass went extra

holes for a double dip.

Second helpings were the order of the day as they won their

third Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf yesterday.

Douglass curled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the second playoff

hole, the par-4 10th at the Golf Club of Amelia Island, giving

him and Coody the Legends Division championship over David

Graham and Hugh Baiocchi.

Both teams finished at 24-under-par 192, with Douglass and

Coody shooting 64 in the final round to come from a shot behind

at the start of the day. Graham and Baiocchi, the second-round

leaders, shot 65, and made the playoff on Baiocchi's 30-foot

birdie putt on the final hole of regulation.

Dave Stockton and Larry Nelson, who could have joined the

playoff had either made birdie putt attempts on the final hole

of regulation, shot 65 to finish third at 23-under. George

Archer and Simon Hobday (64) were fourth at 21-under, and Bob

Duval of Jacksonville and Bob Eastwood (67) were fifth at

19-under.

Not only did Douglass and Coody score a Legends hat trick (they

won in 1990 and 1994 at the Barton Creek Country Club in Austin,

Texas) but they followed up on their 36-hole victory the day

before in the Legendary Division, for players between 60 and 69

years old, and became the first team to sweep both

championships since the event split into age divisions in 1987.

The final cash grab: they'll split $300,000 for winning the

Legends Division, and $40,000 for the Legendary Division,

clearing $170,000 each. That's the same amount Graham and

Baiocchi will share for finishing second.

"This was a goal we had all week," said Coody, a 60-year-old

Texas native who won the Masters in 1971. "It was nice to have

won the Legendary Division. To win the Legends Division is

terrific."

"Winning is special every time," added Douglass, a 62-year-old

Oklahoma native. "Every player feels that way."

Coody and Douglass got off to a slow start, parring the first

five holes and falling two shots behind Graham and Baiocchi and

one behind Duval and Eastwood. …

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