OCALA’S GRAY ALBRIGHT WINS NORTH FLORIDA PGA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Playing the Palmer Course at the Reunion Resort Gray Albright won the North Florida Junior PGA Championship. Playing in the 13-16 year old division, Albright shot 4-under-68 in the first round and then followed it up with a 3-under-69 for a 7-under-par 137 total. The 137 total was good enough to win the title by three shots over Trevor Grant who shot 140. Ocala’s Seth Wright finished third with a 3-under-par 141.
Albright is now eligible to play in the National Junior PGA Championship in Rhode Island in August.
OSTEN WAITE IS THE WIRE-TO-WIRE MARION MASTERS CHAMPION
The final round of the Marion Masters was played at Ocala Golf Club and ole “Mother Muni” as she can sometimes do, showed the 57 golfers trying to win the County Championship a little of her teeth. With winds gusting through and around the course Osten Waite ended up winning but it wasn’t easy. Starting out the day with a two shot lead over Christian Anderson, Waite was able to increase the lead to five shots heading to the back nine. On the inward nine however Anderson mounted a serious charge. Anderson made five birdies and there they stood on the 54th tee box all tied. Both players hit great shots into the last hole with Anderson putting it 15 feet and Waite 11 feet. Anderson’s putt just missed going in when it curved at the last moment. Waite then calmy knocked his putt squarely in the hole for the win. Waite, who is a senior at the University of North Florida, had previously finished second in the MM Tourney before claiming the crown. Three former MM Champions rounded out the top five, they were: third Daniel Owen (212), Steve Albright (213) and Brent Dorman (215). Besides the winning trophy Waite earns a 10-year-exemption into the tournament.
For all the scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Final 2016 Marion Masters Scores
COLTON GODWIN QUALIFIES FOR STATE AMATEUR
Colton Godwin qualified to play in the Florida State Golf Association’s State Amateur. Playing at Black Diamond Godwin won the medalist honors with a 1-under-par 71. The win qualifies the Valdosta State University (Georgia) student to play in the FSGA event which is being played at Fiddlesticks CC in Fort Myers in late June.
GIOVANNELLI/GRIFFIN FALL SHORT IN USGA FOUR BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Matt Giovannelli and David Griffin fell shy on making the match play in USGA Four Ball Championship. The tournament which is being played at Winged Foot CC in Mamaroneck, NY saw the Ocala duo shot a 74 (4-over-par) on the tough West Course for a two day total of 144.
BRYANT AND DURRANCE LEAD MARION MASTERS QUALIFIERS
Bobby Bryant and Joe Durrance were the medalists in the Marion Masters Qualifier which was played at Pine Oaks Golf Club. Bryant and Durrance both shot 4-under-par 68 scores. In third place was Troy Thurston who shot 69 followed by Randy Briggs (70), Joe Donnelly (71) and Seth Wright (71).
A FIRST FOR THE MARION MASTERS TOURNAMENT – Four members of the same family qualified to play in the tournament. Bill Wright and his three sons Seth, Joshua and Nathaniel all qualified.
For a complete list of the qualifying scores see Marion Masters/2016 Marion Masters Qualifying Scores.
JAY KING AND BERGER WARNER ATOP OF GOLFER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS
With two wins each this year both Jay King and Berger Warner lead the MCGA’s Golfer of the Year and Senior of the Year race.
King just won the Camp Invitational and also won the Country Club of Ocala Invitational and has earned 1200 points. King has a 340 lead on Matt Giovannelli who has 860 points. David Griffin is in third place with 300 points followed by Joel Durrance (279) and Steve Albright (265).
In the Senior race Warner has 1010 points by virtue of wins at Memorial Senior and the Marion Masters Seniors. Bill Zylstra is in second place with 675 and trails Warner by 335 points. David Mears is in their place with 551 points followed by Bobby Bryant (343 points) and Jim WIlliams (303 points).
For the latest Golfer and Senior Golfer of the Year standings see Golfer of the Year information.
CROWN HIM “KING” OF THE CAMP
Steady golf and perseverance was the formula that Jay King used to win the Henry Camp Invitational. King who trailed second round leader Kevin Altenhof (Melbourne) by one shot heading into the last round didn’t take long to grab the lead. After a miscue by Altenhof and a birdie by King the lead was his for good. A few testy pars on holes five and six by King paved the way for Marion County Golf Association’s current Player of the Year as he cruised to the championship. King’s 70-66-69 – 205 (11-under-par) score was good enough to win by five shots. Finishing in second place was Matt Giovannelli. Giovannelli was the only other golfer in the field to break par on all three days. Gio shot 70-71-69 – 210. Finishing third was Crystal River’s Tim Hume with a 5-under-par 211 total. Tied for fourth were Jerry Slagle (Dallas, TX) and Altenhof with 212 scores. Also finishing under par for the tournament were Joel Durrance, Mark Caffee and Brendan Ehlers with 214 totals.
Flight winners were: Flight 1 – Wyatt Myer; Flight 2 – Dennis McArthur; Flight 3 – Stephen Jarvis; Flight 4 – John McLeod; Flight 5 – James Powell; Flight 6 – Cody Phillips.
For the final scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Camp Final Scores Championship Division and Camp Flighted Division Final Scores.
JAY KING WITH WINNING TROPHY
RON AUDI BRINGS 38TH STATE TITLE TO MARION COUNTY AS HE WINS SECOND FSGA 75+
Playing at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach Ron Audi set out to defend his FSGA Super Senior 75+ Title that he won last year. Trailing after day one by two shots to Harry Cain (Boynton Beach) and Max Mathews (Andalusia, AL). Audi shot a final round 73 and found himself in a three-way tie with the first round leaders. Audi quickly ended the sudden-death playoff by making a birdy on the first hole.
A familiar face that is easily recognized by Ocala golfers won the Super Senior title. That face belongs to none other than Rob Hess (Castleberry). Hess show 218 (69-75-74) to win the title by one shot. Berger Warner finished fourth with a 220 score.
RON AUDI DISPLAYS TROPHY
JAY KING AND BERGER WARNER EARLY LEADERS IN THE MCGA GOLFER OF THE YEAR RACE
Jay King leads the Golfer of the Year race. King holds a 190 point advantage over Matt Giovannelli. King has 700 points and Gio has 510. Third place belongs to 2014 winner David Griffin. Griff won the Pine Oaks Invitational and has 300 points.
Berger Warner leads the Senior Golfer of the Year race. Second place belongs to Bill Zylstra. Warner has a 335 point lead over Zyls (1010 to 675). In third place is Dave Mears with 415 points.
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.
GRIFFIN, ZYLSTRA, AUDI WINNERS IN PINE OAKS INVITATIONAL
Better weather and better scores prevailed in the Pine Oaks Invitational’s last round.
David Griffin shot a 5-under-par 67 to win the Championship Division. Griffin’s 8-under-par 136 was two shots better than Matt Giovanelli who shot a final .
round 68 for a 6-under-par 138 score. Finishing third was Marion County Player of the Year leader Jay King who shot a 142 (75-67). Fourth place went to Joel Durrance.
In the Senior Division Bill Zylstra shot the low total of the tournament a 9-under-par 135 on rounds of 66-69 to edge Marion Country Senior Golfer of the Year leader Berger Warner by a shot as Warner had back-to-back 68’s for a 136 score. Bobby Bryant and Leesburg’s Walter Himelsbaugh posted 4-under-par 140 totals.
Ron Audi blitzed the Super Division Division with a 5-under-par 139 on Rounds of 71 and 68. Finishing in second place was Tom Gaver with a 148 (76-72). Third went to Tom Stephenson (76-75 – 151), fourth was Mike Roth with 158 (81-77).
For all the scores Tournament Information/Tournament Results.
SNOAP, CLEMONS, CARLEY WINNERS IN MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL
Doug Snoap went wire to wire to defend his title in the Senior Division of the Moot Thomas Invitational but it wasn’t easy. After a first round score of 1-under-par 71, Snoap was tied with three other golfers for first place. A second round score of 2-under-par 70 put the Apopka resident in the lead but just by one shot because Clearwater’s Mike Murphy shot a second round 3-under-par 69 and trailed Snoap by just one shot. Both players shot an even par 72 in the final round giving Snoap a one shot win. Finishing third was Bill Zylstra (216), Fourth was John Benson (PA) with a 218 and fifth place went to Bobby Bryant with a 219.
In the Super Seniors Division Tampa’s Dick Clemons shot rounds of 71-69-75 – 215 to edge John Armstrong by one shot. Armstrong (MD) shot scores of 70-74-72 – 216. Third place went to Tom Knapp (Tequesta) with a 217. Fourth place was won by Randy Briggs (221) and fifth place went to Berger Warner with 223.
In the Legends Division Jim Carley was another wire-to-wire winner. The Ormond Beach resident shot rounds of 69-70-74 for a 3-under-par 213 score and a commanding 11 stroke win. Finishing second was Ron Audi with a 224. Third place went to Dave King (VA) who shot 224. Walt Martin (VA) came in with a 226 to finish fourth with Brian Sachs (Newberry) finishing fifth with a 227.
For all the first round scores go to Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Final Round Moot Thomas Invitational Scores
JAY KING, ROB HESS COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA INVITATIONAL WINNERS
Jay King and Rob Hess won their respective divisions in the Country Club of Ocala Invitational.
King came from behind on the second day of the tournament to win the Championship Division by two shots. King’s final round 2-under-70 (lowest round of the tournament) gave him a 148 total. Sean Fromme finished second with a 77-73 – 150 total followed by Seth Wright who fashioned a pair of 76’s for a 152 score.
In the Senior Division at the end of regulation play, Castleberry’s Hess and Crystal River’s Brian Brown were tied at 147. Hess ending up taking the title in a sudden death playoff. Mike Murphy finished third with a 77-72 – 149 score.
Winning the Challenger Division was Billy Hess with a 163 score followed by Hunter Thompson with a 175.
In the Hall of Fame Division, Orlando’s A.J. Kroeger shot 72-77 – 149 to win followed by David Lee with a 156.
For all the scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/CCO Invitational Results
WARNER WINS 18TH MARION MASTERS SENIORS IN PLAYOFF
Berger Warner and Bill Zylstra were tied after the first round of the Marion Masters Seniors championship. Both players shot rounds of 73 and trailed Rob Carney by two shots heading to the final round at Pine Oaks Golf Club. Going to the 18th hole both players were still tied but found themselves in the lead. Zylstra rolled in a nine foot birdie putt only to see Warner knock in a seven foot birdie as well. With both players shooting tournament low 2-under-par 70 scores for 143 totals they headed to the 18th hole for a sudden-death playoff. Zylstra’s birdie attempt narrowly missed going in. Warner calmly rolled in a 10 footer for the birdie and win. Prior to the tournament Zylstra and Warner had previously won the championship a record four times each. Warner now has five MM Senior championships. Finishing tied for third were Bobby Bryant and Bobby Johnson with 146 totals. Tied for fifth were Randy Briggs and Rob Carney with 149s.
For all the score see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Marion Masters Final Scores.
GIOVANNELLI, WARNER, BRIGGS WIN RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS IN THE MEMORIAL
In the first Marion County competitive tournament of the year there were names on the winners trophies that are very familiar in the local golfing circles.
Inclement weather turned the two-day Memorial Tournament into a one-day event. The tournament which was played at the Country Club of Ocala saw Matt Giovannelli come away with a three-shot victory. Gio’s 3-under-par 69 edged Jay King who shot 72. Steve Albright finished 3rd with a 74 with Troy Glaus shooting 76 for 4th.
In the Senior Division Berger Warner and David Mears needed extra holes to determine the winner. After regulation play Warner and Mears were knotted with 74 scores. Warner birdied the fourth playoff hole to claim the crown.
In the Super Senior Division Randy Briggs shot an even pay 72 to claim the top spot. Orlando’s AJ Kroeger shot 74 and Tamp’s Jim Pfrogner shot 78 to finish third.
See Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Memorial Final Scores for all the results.
MATT GIOVANNELLI/DAVID GRIFFIN WIN LOCAL QUALIFIER FOR USGA FOUR-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Matt Giovannelli and David Griffin are heading to another USGA Four-Ball Championship. The Ocala duo fired a 4-under-par 68 at Black Diamond Country Club in Lecanto to lead all qualifiers. The event this year will be played in May at Winged Foot Country Club in New York. The USGA Four-Ball Championship, which took the place of the USGA Public Links Championship, is in it’s second year and Giovannelli/Griffin have now qualified for both of them. Other local teams that played well in the qualifier were: Michael Crews/Jimmy Letterly (71), Kelly Gosse/Tim Hume (73), Steve Albright/Bill Smith (73) and Drew Ditty/Troy Glaus (76).