JEFF HILL IS GOLFER OF THE YEAR WINNER
With one tournament to go in the Golfer of the Year race Jeff Hill has amassed enough points to win MCGA’s Golfer of the Year.
Hill captured the Golfer of the Year by amassing 13675 points over the year-long competition. Hill got out on top early by winning the first event in 2018, the Memorial and then the Marion Masters. Hill’s played in six events and finished in the top five or higher in all those events. In second place is Brent Dorman with 6905 points, third is Jay King with 6550, fourth is Bill Searcy (6300) and fifth place is Daniel Owen (5710).
In the race for the Senior Golfer of the Year Daniel has a large lead with two tournaments remaining. Owen has 9710 points and holds a 1905 point lead over David Mears who has 7805 points. In third place is Berger Warner with 7060 points, fourth is Butch Elkins with 5628 points and Ken Godwin is fifth with 5085.
For the current Golfer and Senior Golfer of the Year standings see Golfer of the Year on the home page.
KING, GOSSE, SACHS, GRACE WINNERS IN BO WILLIAMS CITY OF OCALA AMATEUR
Jay King, Kelly Gosse, Brian Sachs and Angela Grace won their respective divisions in the Bo Williams City of Ocala Amateur.
The tournament, which was played at Ocala Golf Club, saw King shoot a two-day score even-par 144. Finishing second was Brent Dorman with a 146, third was Jeff Hill at 148, fourth was Bill Searcy, tied for fifth were Erica Stoner and Jeff Leivonen with 155’s.
In the senior division Kelly Gosse won with a 9-under-par 135 total. Bobby Bryant was second with a 1-under-par 143. Tied for third were Doug Snoap and Scott Hancock at 145. Fifth place was Dave McLeen with a 146.
Winning the Super Senior Division was Berger Warner with a 1-under-par 143 total. Second went to David McLeod with a 152. Third was Dick McDonough at 153, fourth was Larry Barousse with a 155 and Tom Keddy was fifth with a 156.
The Legends Division was won by Brian Sachs with a 4-under-par 140. Finishing a close second was Ron Audi with a 3-under-par 141. Third went to Mike Yuro at 145, fourth was Jack Ruhs and fifth was Mack Gadd with a 151.
The Women’s Division was won by Angela Grace with a 175 total.
For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/FINAL BO WILLIAMS SCORES
WARNER WINS MARION MASTERS SUPER SENIOR
Berger Warner’s steady play over two days on two different courses paid off as he captured the 9th Marion Masters Super Senior Championship. Playing the final round at Ocala Palms CC Warner shot a 3-under-par 69 which gave him a 2-day total of 7-under-par 137 and the win. Down the stretch however, Warner had to hold off a charging Ron Audi who finished second with a 5-under-par 139 total (69-70).
Finishing third was Ron Russo with even par 144 (71-73). Fourth place went to Dick McDonough with a 147 total (74-73) and fifth place went to Robert Caron with a 148 (74-74).
OUT OF ROUGH …. Fourth time Warner’s won the title. There were a few of the SS Players who shot their age during the tournament but a notable mention in that area is 92-year-old Carmine Mattola who shot rounds of 84 and 82.
For the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/Marion Masters Super Seniors Final Scores
ALBRIGHT & ALBRIGHT WIN THE SUMMER GAMES
The leaderboard was top weighted with the name Albright in the Summer Games. The 21-man team event which was played at Pine Oaks GC and Ocala Golf Club saw the father/son team of Steve and Gray Albright edge out Miles Albright/Seth Wright. The Albright/Albright team shot a 171 two-day score which was one shot better than Albright/Wright (172). Finishing third was Jeff Conn/Tyler Wade with a 174 followed by Jeff Hill/Jay King (175) and Hunter Wade/Ken Cocolin also at 175.
Winning Flight One was another father/son team, Ed and Robbie Cambias with a 201. Second place yet another father/son team Joe and Ben Locker with a 204 and third place went to Scott Kaylor/Terry Robinson with a 205 total.
For the top 20 scores see Tournament Information/Results/SUMMER GAMES TOP 20
US SENIOR OPEN BEGINS WITH LOCALS IN THE FIELD
Daniel Owen and Grant Waite are in Colorado Springs, CO at The Broadmoor (East Course) ready to play in the 39th US Senior Open. Both Ocalans qualified at the Country Club of Ocala earlier this month. Owen, who is an amateur, will tee off at 2:36 in the first round and is paired with professionals Brian Cooper and Scott Pieri. Waite has a 1:54 tee time and is paired with fellow professionals Jeff Gallagher and Clark Dennis.
“This place is incredible … typical US Open setup, rough is 4″ thick and greens are extremely difficult,” Owen reported. The former Florida State Amateur Champion stated “the back nine is a beast, par is 34, 3800 yards, with the 17th hole being a par 4 at 545 yards.” In his tuneup for the event Owen has played three practice rounds one each with notable PGA players Larry Mize, Paul Broadhurst and Woody Austin.
SPECIAL TOURNAMENT NOTE …. Two other golfers who are well known in the Marion County golfing circle are also in the tournament, Jerry Slagle and Tim Hume. Both Slagle and Hume have won numerous tournaments in Marion County most notably is The Camp. Slagle, who resides in Texas, tees off at 12:30 with professionals Todd Bailey and Mikael Hogberg. Hume (Crystal River) tees off at 7:31 with Billy Mayfair and Tommy Tolles.
HILL WINS MARION MASTERS
Jeff Hill went wire-to-wire to capture the 36th Marion Masters. Hill was the only golfer to break par at the three courses used in the event. Hill shot a 3-under-par 69 at Golden Ocala in the opening round, a 2-under-par 70 at Eagle Ridge CC in the second and on the final day at Ocala Golf Club fired a 1-under-par 71. The 6-under-par 210 total was one better than runner-up Brent Dorman. Dorman, a two-time winner of the event, shot a final round 4-under-par 68 for a 211 score. Finishing in a tie for third place were John Morgan Elliott and Daniel Owen with a 4-under-par 212 total. Elliott shot rounds of 74, 66 and 73. Owen posted scores of 74, 71, 68. Finishing alone in fifth place was Scott Kaylor with a 214 (75-67-72). In sixth place was Hunter Wade with a 73-71-71 – 215 score. Tied for seventh were Miles Albright, Drew Ditty and Seth Wright at 216. Finishing in tenth was Hunter Ditty with a 218 total.
Hill earned a 10-year-exemption into the event. This year’s Top Finishers are exempt from qualifying for the 2019 tournament.
For the final scores for the entire field see Tournament Information/Results.
MM MOMENTS … The tournament for the past half dozen years has finished on Father’s Day Sunday. It was a special Father’s Day just ask Drew and Hunter Ditty and Jim and Hunter Williams as they competed in the same tournament vying for the county championship. There was a host of fathers following their sons around the golf course. Keeping on the father’s day note, winner Jeff Hill shared the winning moment with his wife (Amy) and the five foster children that they presently have living with them.
DANIEL OWEN AND GRANT WAITE QUALIFY FOR USGA SENIOR OPEN
When the 36th USGA Senior Open’s first round is played on June 28th there will be two Ocalan’s in the field. Daniel Owen and Grant Waite both qualified at the Country Club of Ocala on Thursday to make it. There were 81 players who tried to qualify for just three spots. Waite and Don Bell (Port Orange) both shot 2-under-par 70s to grab the first two spots and share medalist honors. Owen shot a 1-under-par 71 and found himself tied for the third spot with Crystal River’s Tim Hume. Owen won the ensuing sudden death playoff on the playoff hole to advance to the tournament. The Senior Open is being played in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor Country Club. This is the second USGA event that Owen has qualified for. Owen also played in the 2003 US Amateur.
KNIGHT WINS HENRY CAMP INVITATIONAL
Cameron Knight’s final round 6-under-par 66 vaulted him to a come-from-behind victory in the Henry Camp Invitational. Knight lead the tournament after the first day when he shot a five-under-par 67 which was the low round of the day. Knight’s final round 6-under-par 66 again was the low round of the day and also the low round of the tournament again putting him atop the leaderboard with several groups still on the course. In the final group of the day was second round co-leader Thomas Miller (Daytona) who now trailed Knight by a single shot heading to the last hole. Miller hit his approach shot on 18 to within seven feet and gave himself a chance to tie the lead. The throng of spectators gathered around the 18th green at the Ocala Golf Club watched as Miller’s birdie attempt narrowly missed giving Knight the championship. Knight’s final total for the 3-day event was an 8-under-par 208. Runner-up Miller shot a 7-under-par 209 (68-71-70). Tied for third at 5-under-par 211 were Colton Godwin (69-73-69) and Joel Durrance (Jacksonville) (72-70-69). Finishing in fifth place was Jeff Hill with a 4-under-par 212 (72-71-69). Also finishing up the event under-par were Steve Albright (70-74-69 – 213), Brent Dorman (69-70-75 – 214) and Palm Harbour’s DJ Guggi (70-73-72)
There were two holes-in-one during the tournament. On Friday Ken Cocolin made one on the fifth hole and on Saturday Charles Alexander (Wesley Chapel) made one on the eighth hole.
For all the championship scores and flight scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/CAMP CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL SCORES and Tournament Information/Tournament Results/CAMP FINAL FLIGHT SCORES
GODWIN AND LLOYD LEAD MARION MASTERS QUALIFIER EVENT
Ken Godwin and Justin Lloyd were the medalist at the Marion Masters Qualifier. The event which was played at Pine Oaks GC had Godwin and Lloyd somewhat tame the blustering winds and shoot 2-under-par 70’s. Godwin and Lloyd both received the “Masters Medalist” medal for their effort. The only other sub par round was posted by Joe Locker a 1-under-par 71. Matching par 72 were Brandon Hughes, Wayne Dukes and Hunter Wade.
The top 60 players advance to the Marion Masters which is being played on June, 15, 16 and 17 at Golden Ocala CC, Eagle Ridge CC and Ocala Goff Club., respectively.
For those who qualified, the entry form for the event is on the website under Marion Masters/Marion Masters Entry Form.
For the all the scores and qualifiers see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Marion Masters Qualifier Scores
SWEENY, MURPHY, HOGSTEN WINNERS AT GEORGE SCALES MEMORIAL TOURNEY
Patrick Sweeny, Mike Murphy (Clearwater) and Dale Hogsten won their respective divisions in the inaugural George Scales Memorial Invitational.
Sweeny cruised to a 10-shot win in the Championship Division at the Silver Spring Shores Country Club. Sweeny shot a 1-under-par 143 on rounds of 74 and 76. Finishing second was Zane Bowman with 153 (76-73). Tied for third at 155 were Travis Sanders (72-82) and Wayne Dukes (82-73). Jeff Conn finished in fifth with a 156 total (81-75)
In the Senior Division Murphy blistered the golf course with back-to-back 68’s for an 8-under-par 136. Apopka’s Doug Snoap was also under par with a 68-71 – 140 score and second place. Finishing third was Ken Godwin with a 146 score (74-72). There was a four-way tie for fourth place with 150 totals, Bill Zylstra (78-72), Berger Warner (74-76), Walter Himmelsbaugh (Leesburg) (76-74) and Patrick Coyne (76-74).
In the Super Senior Division Dale Hogsten edged out Dick McDonough by a shot 145-146. Hogsten shot rounds of 71-74 and McDomough 73-73. Finishing third was Tom Gaver at 149 (75-74) with Warren Willhite (Palatka) at 151 (76-75) and fifth was Mel Hauk with 152 (74-78).
For all the scores see Tournament Results/Final Scores George Scales Memorial.
DURRANCE, GODWIN, ARMINIO WINNERS IN PINE OAKS INVITATIONAL
Joel Durrance, Ken Godwin and Mike Arminio won their respective divisions in the Pine Oaks Invitational.
Durrance came from three shots behind to win the Championship Division. Durrance’s final round of even-par 72 gave him a 146 total and a 0ne-shot victory over first round leader Joe Donnelly (71-76 – 147). This was Durrance’s third Pine Oaks Championship title. Finishing in a tie for third at 149 were Bryan Odaiyar (78-71), DJ Guggi (75-74) and Ryan Borusso (76-73)
Ken Godwin went wire-to-wire in the Senior Division for his win. Godwin shot a 2-under-par final round for a 1-under-par 143 total and a five-shot winning margin. Finishing in a tie for second at 148 were David Mears (74-74), Kevin Macy (74-74) and Jim Williams (76-72). Finishing fourth was Walter Himelsbaugh with 77-72 – 149.
In the Super Senior Division Mike Arminio was also a wire-to-wire winner. Arminio shot his second under-par round of the event with a 2-under-par 70. Arminio’s 3-under-par 141 total was good for a 10-shot win. Finishing in second place was Dick McDonough with 76-75 – 151. Third place was Ron Audi with 72-81 – 153. Fourth was Don Pykola with a 77-77 – 154 and fifth was Roger Hogsten with 76-79 – 155.
For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/PINE OAKS FINAL SCORES
BECK, HESS, SACHS MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL WINNERS
Marcus Beck, Rob Hess and Brian Sachs were crowned champions in their respective divisions of the Moot Thomas Invitational.
Beck shot an even-par 72 in the Senior Division on the final day giving the Tallahassee resident a three-day score 6-under-par and a close one-shot win over Robert Parmar (Alabama). Parmar slow shot 72 which put his 3-day total at 5-under-par 211. Finishing in third place was Allen Peake (Georgia) with a 212. Tied for Fourth was Steve Humphrey (KY) and Peter DeTemple (MD) at 1-unde-par 217.
In the Super Senior Division the defending champion Hess (Casselberry) was successful in defending his title. Hess shot a final round 1-under-par 71 and pulled away from the tightly packed leaderboard . Hess’ 1-under-par 215 total gave him a 4-shot win over runners-up Charlie Horn (AZ) and John Armstrong (MD) who finished at 219. Tied for fourth were Berger Warner and Tom Grady (Lakewood Ranch) at 221. Finishing fifth was Shawn McLoughlin (CT) with a 222 score.
The Legend Division needed overtime to determine the winner. Tied at even-par 216 at the end of regulation play were Brian Sachs (Newberry) and Jim Carley (Ormond Beach). Sachs birdied the first playoff hole to claim the title. Randy Briggs shot a 1-under-par 71 to finish third with a 217 total. Fourth place went to Jack Mahan (NY) with 224.(76-77-71). Fifth place went to Ed Craig (Orlando) with a 225 score.
FROM THE ROUGH….This the fourth Moot Thomas title for both Hess and Sachs. Hess won the Seniors’ title twice and Super Senior title twice. Sachs has won the Super Senior title twice and the Legends title twice. Ed Craig made a hole-in-one on the last day. Allen Peake made a double-eagle on day two.
For final scores Tournament Information/Tournament Results
OWEN, BROWN AND TUMLIN ARE WINNERS IN CCO INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Daniel Owen went wire-to-wire and won the Country Club of Ocala Men’s Invitational. Owen;s consistent play (73-73-146) won the title by four shots. This is the second tournament in a row Owen has won having captured the Marion Masters Seniors last weekend. Finishing second was Travis Saunders at 150 (78-72). Tied for third at 153 were Jeff (78-75) and Mark Caffee (80-73).
Inverness’ Brian Brown shot the only sub-par round of the on the last day and it propelled him to the top spot in the Senior Division. Brown’s 3-under-par 69 coupled with a first round 72 gave him the distinct honor of being the only golfer in the field to be under par for the tournament. Finishing second was Apopka’s Doug Snoap with 145 (72-73). Berger Warner finished third at 146 (77-72). Mike Murphy finished in fourth place with 148 (71-77).
In the Legends Division, Ronnie Tumlin (Palatka) came from behind to win the Legends Division. Tumlin shot 75-75 (150) to win. Finishing was David Lee with 152 (73-79), third went to Dick McDonnough at 154 and Mike Benham shot 154 for fourth.
For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/FINAL ROUND SCORES CCO INVITATIONAL
OWEN CAPTURES MARION MASTERS SENIORS TITLE
Daniel Owen made the most of his debut into Marion County senior golf. Owen shot a 2-under-par 70 on the final round to easily capture the MM Senior title. Owen’s 8-under-par 136 gave him a decisive 5-shot win. Finishing in a tie for second at 3-under-par 141’s were Dave Falcone (70-71) and 5-time-champion Berger Warner (72-69). Tied for fourth at 2-under-par were Bill Zylstra (71-71) and Joe Donnelly (70-72).
For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results/FINAL SCORES MARION MASTERS SENIORS
HILL, MEARS, McLOUGHLIN WINNERS IN MEMORIAL TOURNEY
Jeff Hill, David Mears and Shawn McLoughlin survived the chilly conditions to win their respective divisions in The Memorial over the weekend at the Country Club of Ocala.
Hill and Bradley Knight (Sarasota) found themselves knotted at the end of regulation play with identical 147 totals. Hill shot 75-72 and Knight shot 73-74. Hill won the playoff on the second hole. Finishing third was Mark Caffee (150). Fourth went to Bill Search (159) and fifth was Travis Sanders (161).
In the Senior Division David Mears shot a pair of 77s for 154 score and a five shot victory over Dan Ogen (159). Third was Brian Knight qith 160, fourth was Butch Elkins with 161 and tied for fifth was Mike McDoniels and Jim WIlliams with 167 scores.
In the Super Senior Division Shawn McLoughlin (Danbury, Connecticut) shot 73-76 for a 149 total. Finishing four shots behind was Randy Briggs with a 153 total *77-76). Third was Ron Hoover with 162, fourth was Mel Hauck (Leesburg) 164 and fifth went to Jerry Brown with 184.