FOREST HIGH AND TRINITY CATHOLIC WIN DISTRICT TITLES
Forest High School and Trinity Catholic High School won their respective District Titles and move on to regionals.
The Forest Wildcats playing in the 3 A-2 Division District tournament at Ocala Golf Club posted a team 299 score and won the title by five shots over Fleming Island. The team was comprised of Gray and Miles Albright, Hunter Ditty, James Wear and Seth Wright. Gray Albright’s score at 1-over-par 73 tied Fleming Island’s Drew Nielin for low round of the tourney. A playoff for medalist honors immediately followed with Albright winning the medalist honors on the fourth extra hole. Forest moves on to the Regional Championship at Fleming Island GC.
The Celtics of Trinity Catholic won the 1 A-8 Division District tournament. Played at Harbor Hills CC Cooper George’s medalist honor performance (73) powered the Celtics to a 20 shot victory. Also on the team were Daniel Katz, Trevor Bryant and Gunnar Moore. Trinity now moves on to play in the Regional Championship at Pelican Bay in Daytona Beach.
MATT GIOVANNELLI MAKES IT TO QUARTER FINALS IN FLORIDA STATE MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Ocala’s Matt Giovannelli made a nice title run at the FSGA Mid-Amateur Championship. After a qualifying round of 74 at The Black Diamond CC Giovannelli was seeded 12th. In the first round Gio went up against Alan Pope (Orlando) and came out a 4 & 3 winner. Then the Ocalan downed William Lane (Gainesville) 4 & 3. Giovanelli then squared off with Steve Dana of Pensacola and Gio came out on top with a 1-up win. Heading into the quarterfinals Giovannelli faced another tough opponent, Chris Brook (Bartow). This time it was Brook coming out on top of 1-up decision. Brook went on to claim the Championship with a 8 & 7 win over Chris Fabozzi (Tallahassee).
GIOVANNELLI, BROWN AND SACHS WINNERS IN BO WILLIAMS CITY OF OCALA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
The crowded leaderboard in the Bo Williams City of Ocala Amateur Championship produced three exciting championship matches during the final round at the Ocala Golf Club.
In the Open Division it was Matt Giovannelli who emerged from the deadlock with Jay King as the winner. Giovannelli shot a final round 3-under-par 69 for a two-day score of 5-under-par 139. King finished second at 2-under-par 142. Third place went to Mark Chafee.
In the Senior Division another deadlock was broken but not by much. Crystal River’s Brian Brown shot a final round 2-under-par 70 to edge out Bobby Bryant by a shot. Brown’s 2-day score was 5-under-par 139 and Bryant’s score was 4-under-par 140 (69-71). Finishing third was Larry Cotton and Dave Falcone with 2-under-par 142 scores.
In the Super Senior Division Brian Sachs went wire-to-wire with another 2-under-par 70 and a 4-under-par 140 total. Finishing second was Robert Cunningham. Third place went to Randy Briggs.
See Tournament Information/Tournament Results for a complete list of results and flights.
RANDY BRIGGS DRAMATIC BIRDIE WINS MARION MASTERS SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
All it took for Randy Briggs to win the coveted Marion Masters Super Senior trophy was a clutch putt on the last hole. The last round which was played at StoneCreek GC, had Briggs trailing the leader Ron Audi by one shot heading to the 36th hole, Briggs watched Audi’s par saving putt slide by the hole setting the table for the birdie putt and the win. Briggs calmly knocked in the putt and the trophy was his. Both players battled it head-to-head throughout the day. Briggs shot a final round 2-under-par 70 for a two-day total of 1-under-par 143. Runner-up Audi shot a final round 1-under-par 71 and finished the tourney at even par (144). Finishing third was Stephen Hinman as he posted a 2-under-par 70 for a 146 total and fourth went to Greg Mirabile m(148). Mirabile also posted a 2-under-par 70 along with Dale Hogsten.
For all the final scores see Tournament Information.
Randy Briggs displays Marion Masters Super Senior Trophy
JAY KING WINS LABOR DAY CLASSIC
Playing in weather interrupted Labor Day Classic at Silver Springs Shores CC Jay King outlasted the field and won. King only got to play only part of the first round as rain forced the suspension. Coming back on Sunday King ended up shooting 74-72 for a one shot win. King, who is the leader in the MCGA Golfer of the Year race, made the win interesting though. Second place finisher Mark Chaffee trailed King by four shots heading to the final hole but King made a triple bogey and ended claiming the crown by one shot. This was the third Marion County win for King this year having won The Camp, The Country Club of Ocala Invitational and now the SS Shores Labor Day Classic.
Walter Himelsbaugh (Leesburg) won the Seniors (146) with Bobby Johnson finishing second (150).
In the Super Senior Division Carl Miller (Gainesville) took home the honors with a 150 score.
The entire field scores were not available at the time of this posting.
ALBRIGHT AND WRIGHT WINNERS OF SUMMER GAMES
Miles Albright and Seth Wright took control of a tightly contested Summer Games by playing steady team golf. The Forest High School teammates didn’t let the threatening skies over Ocala Golf Club or the threatening team of Drew Ditty and Joe Donnelly who were tied with them after the first round bother them. The teenagers (Miles 16 and Seth 17) pulled slightly ahead of the Ditty/Donnelly team after the first nine and then managed to hold steady and win the title by four shots (168 – 172). Finishing third was Apopka’s Dough Snoap and Lloyd Fisher (174) and fourth place went to Randy Briggs/Colton Godwin (175) and fifth place to David Mears/Time Hume (177).
Championship B was wos by Michael Crews and Jimmy Letterly.
First Flight winners were Michael Kemp and Mike Bray.
Second Flight winners were Phillip Yancey and Travis Sanders
For all the final scores see Tournament Results/Final Found Summer Games Scores
BREWER, ALBRIGHT, ALBRIGHT, GRIGGS, TIECHE WINNERS IN YANCEY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The Yancey Junior Championship crowned five champions this week. The tournament which had participants from around the state and was played at StoneCreek and Golden Ocala saw the following juniors lay their claim on the top spot in their age brackets. The winners were Boys 11-12 – Carson Brewer (Jacksonville); Boys 13-15 – Gray Albright; Boys 16-18, Miles Albright; Birls 11-12 – Megan Griggs and Girls 13-15 – Isabella Tieche.
For all the scores see Tournament Results/Yancey Junior Championship.
JAY KING QUALIFIES FOR USGA AMATEUR
Jay King is heading to Bloomfield Hills, MI to play on the storied Oakland Hills Country Club next month. The qualifier which was played at Ocala National saw King shoot back-to-back 1-under-par 71’s which put him into a two-way tie with Brandon Mancheno (Jacksonville) for the second qualifying spot. King defeated Mancheno on the fourth playoff hole. The leading qualifier was Jimmy Jones (Tampa) who shot an 8-under-par 136.
Osten Waite played well and shot an even par 144 which tied him for sixth.
KING AND WARNER REMAIN LEADERS IN MCGA GOLFER AND SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS
Jay King is on top in the MCGA’s Golfer of the Year standings. King has accumulated 1309 points and is 340 points ahead of Matt Giovannelli who is in second with 969 points. Moving up to third place after his Marion Masters win is Osten Waite with 515. Rounding out the top five are Steve Albright,fourth (425) and Joel Durrance fifth (388 points).
In the Senior Golfer of the Year race Berger Warner leads with 1073 points. Second place belongs to Bill Zylstra with 675 points followed by David Mears (551 pints), Bobby Bryant (406 points) and Jim Williams (303 points).
For the complete rundown of both standings see Golfer of the Year/Golfer of the Year Standings and Golfer of the Year/Senior Golfer of the Year Standings.
ANDERSON AND GODWIN PLAY WELL IN FSGA AMATEUR
Christian Anderson and Colton Godwin played well in the Florida State Amateur Championship over the weekend. Both players made the cut and Anderson ended up tying for 25th and Godwin for 51st.
Anderson shot a 2-under-par 286 (71-72-72-1-71) at the Fiddlesticks CC and Mimamar Lakes CC in Ft. Myers. Godwin shot rounds of 73-74-72-76.
The winner of the championship was Jacob Huizinga of Orlando with a 16-under-par 272 total.
Also qualifying for the championship was Seth Wright who missed the cut.
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).