GRIFFIN HOLDS AN ALMOST INSURMOUNTABLE LEAD IN GOLFER OF YEAR, SENIOR GOLFER OF YEAR STILL WIDE OPEN
David Griffin has almost a virtual lock for the MCGA Golfer of the Year honors. He holds a 190 lead over Kelly Gosse, 1350 points to 1160 points. Both players had two wins each. There is only one more point event remaining on the schedule the year-ending Ocala Cup where the winner gets 200 points.
For Senior Golfer of the Year honors it’s still a tight race with Gosse holding a 199 point lead over second place Bobby Bryant, 1160 to 961 and a 236 point lead over Berger Warner (1160 to 924) With two tournaments left on the senior schedule, The Doug Oswald Invitational (400 points) and The Ocala Cup (200 points) it’s still anyone’s race.
For the latest standings see Golfer of the Year/Golfer of the Year Standings and Golfer of the Year/Senior Golfer of the Year Standings.
KING, PADOVA, HOGSTEN WINNERS IN SSS LABOR DAY CLASSIC
Jay King defeated Matt Giovannelli in a one-hole playoff to capture the Silver Spring Shores Labor Day Classic. King and Giovannelli both finished the two-day event with identical 3-under-par 141 scores. Finishing in third place was Kelly Gosse at 144.
In the Senior Division Andy Padova (Tampa) also shot a 3-under-par 141 to edge Inverness’ Brian Brown. Bobby Bryant finished third with a 146 score.
In the Super Senior Division it was Dale Hogsten (144) crusing to an 11-shot win over Buddy Fudge (155).
For the Top Finnishers in the Open and Senior Divisions see Tournament Information/Tournament results.
GIOVANNELLI, HIMELSBAUGH, SACHS WINNERS IN BO WILLIAMS CITY OF OCALA AMATEUR
Matt Giovannelli, AJ Kroeger and Brian Sachs won their respective divisions in the Bo Williams City of Ocala Amateur Championship.
The tournament which was played at Ocala Golf Club saw Giovannelli overtake first round leaders Steve Albright and Troy Glaus by shooting a 5-under-par 67 for a two day score of 7-under-par 137 to capture the Open Division Title. Albright finished in second place one shot off the pace by firing another 3-under-par 69 for a 6-under-par 138. Glaus finished in third place with a two-day score of 5-under-par 139 after posting a 2-under-par 70.
In the Senior Division it was Leesburg’s Walter Himelsbaugh firing the low round of the tournament a 6-under-par 66 to win the Senior Division. Orlando’s AJ Kroeger shot a 1-under-par 71 for a tournament score of 1-under-par 143 and finished second. Third place went to Patrick Coyne and Bill Nolan both at 146.
In the Super Senior Division it was Newberry’s Brian Sachs going wire to wire. Sach’s two-day score of 144 (69-75) was enough as Daryl Case finished second with 146 and Kurt Madson (Mount Dora) finished in third with Mike Miller (Daytona) at 150.
For all the final scores see TOURNAMENT INFORMATION.
BERGER WARNER WINS NORTH/SOUTH SUPER SENIOR TITLE
Playing in Pinehurst, North Carolina at The Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Berger Warner won the North/South Super Senior title. Warner shot a 220 score with rounds of 72-72-76 to beat Arnold Edwards, Frank Costanza and Steve Pachol by two shots.
Warner had previously won the North/South Senior title in 2004 as a rookie (55) and now the Super Senior title as a rookie (65). Warner is only the second golfer to accomplish this feat in the 63 of the tournament.
Other area players who did well in the tournament were Seniors Rob Hess (Castleberry) (T-12 – 228) Roger Dean (Daytona (T21-233)). In the Super Seniors Ron Russo finished 12th with 233, Kirby Manning finished in the top 50 with a 267 and Brian Sachs (Newbury) (17th – 236)
JONES, PIC, BUTSCHER, WRIGHT, ALBRIGHT WINNERS IN JIM YANCEY JUNIOR TOURNEY
Riley Jones, Stephanie Pick, Sean Butscher, Seth Wright and Gray Albright were winners in the Jim Yancey Junior Championship. The event which was played at Ocala Golf Club and The Country Club of Ocala saw Jones win the Girls 16-18 division, Pick win the Girls 13-15 top spot, Butscher capture the Boys 16-18 title, Wright come out on top in the Boys 13-15 group and Albright finishing on top in the Boys 11-12 bracket.
For all the scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Jim Yancey Junior Tournament Results
DAVID GRIFFIN AND MATT GIOVANNELLI WIN SUMMER GAMES
David Griffin and Matt Giovannelli came from behind to win the Summer Games. The final round, which was played at Ocala Golf Club saw the duo shoot an eight under par 64 to surpass fist round leaders Kelly Gosse and Brian Brown. Giffin and Giovannelli’s 167 was four shots better than Gosse and Brown. David Mears and Tim Hume finished third.
For the final results see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Summer Games Final Scores.
CALEB JOHNSON JR. WINS FLORIDA OPEN, EDGES TYLER HOCK FOR TITLE
There’s a new pro in town who is trying to make a name for himself and what a way to get your name out there … win the Florida Open. Caleb Johnson Jr. did just that, the tournament which was being played at Bonita Bay in Naples, had Johnson trailing Ocala’s Tyler Hock by two shots after the first two rounds. With Hock still holding a two shot lead after 11 holes of the final round , the young Muskegon, Michigan pro got hot and birdied holes 12-15, 17 and 18 with a lone bogey on the difficult 16th hole. The 22-year-old Johnson finished the tournament at 12-under-par 204 (68-71-65 ) two shots clear of Hock (70-66-70 – 206) and Matt Borchert (Windemere). Johnson earned $12,000 for his effort. Johnson is managed by Greenlynx Golf Management Group. Visit greenlynxgolf.com for more information.
OCALA JUNIORS FINISH WELL IN FSGA JUNIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Christian Anderson and Colton Godwin had top finishes in the FSGA Junior Amateur Championship which was played in St. Petersburg at the Belleaire CC. Andersen closed with a 4-under-par 67 to move up into a tie for 10th with his 211 three day total. Godwin shot a 2-over-par 73 and finished with a 211 total and a tie for 14th place. John Coultas of Valrico shot three straight 67’s to win the win with a 201 score.
GRIFFIN AND GOSSE ON TOP OF GOLFER AND SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Strong showings in the Marion Masters put David Griffin and Kelly Gosse on top of the Golfer and Senior Golfer of the Year Standings. Griffin’s 960 points leads second place Gosse (870) by 90 points for Golfer of the Year honors. Gosse’s 870 points in the Senior Golfer of the year race has him leading second place Berger Warner (809) by 61 points. Steve Albright is in third place in the Golfer of the Year race and Bobby Bryant is third in the Senior. In the two close races, Gosse is looking to become the first winner of both titles in the same year.
DAVID GRIFFIN BLITZES SILVER SPRING SHORES TO WIN MARION MASTERS
David Griffin started the final round of the 33rd Marion Masters trailing the tournament leader Kelly Gosse by three shots. Griffin got out of the gate quickly at Silver Spring Shores Country Club by shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Griffin played the back nine in 3-under for a 33 and a 5-under-par 67 total to pull away from the rest of the field. Coupled with rounds of 68-77 it gave Griffin a 4-under-par 212 total and a four shot margin of victory over Gosse (72-69-74 – 216) and Osten Waite (73-74-69 – 216). Finishing alone in fourth place was Daniel Owen (71-72-74 – 217). For all the scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/ Marion Masters Final Scores.
DAVID GRIFFIN WITH 2014 MARION MASTERS TROPHY