PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2017) -- Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, N.H. and Rob Corcoran of Melbourne scored 13 points Tuesday to maintain their lead at the halfway point of the PGA Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship at PGA Golf Club.
Berberian, the reigning PGA Professional Player of the Year, and Corcoran combined for seven birdies and a bogey on the Wanamaker Course to move to 39 points in an event where birdies are worth two points, pars zero and bogeys minus-1.
They lead by six points over Matt Sita and Anthony Aruta of Glen Cove, N.Y., who vaulted into contention when each player holed out for eagles in a four-hole span worth five points.
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Aruta’s was a hole-in-one on the 158-yard sixth hole on the Dye Course with an 8-iron. It was his ninth ace.
“The hole-in-one came at a perfect time because I had a 40-foot putt for eagle and three-putted the previous hole,” Aruta said. “We couldn’t make any putts.”
Who needs to when you hole out twice for eagles? Sita’s was a wedge from 100 yards at the 10th hole.
Tied for third place at 31 points are Michael O’Connor of Erie, Pa., and Kirk Stauffer of Bradford, Pa. (12-31), and Adam Rainaud of Chester, Ct. and Scott Berliner of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (15-31).
The brother tandem of Jerry Tucker of Stuart and Michael Tucker of Chesterfield, Mo., are tied for fifth at 29 points with Craig Thomas of White Plains, N.Y. and Jessica Carafiello of Old Greenwich, Ct.
The 36-hole cut came at 14 points.
This is the first year for the Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship. The event replaced the PGA Match Play Championship.
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