BRIGGS AND WARNER WIN FSGA SUPER SENIOR FOUR BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Randy Briggs and Berger Warner paired up to win the FSGA Super Senior Four Ball Championship. The event which was played at Sugar Mill CC in New Smyrna Beach saw the Ocala duo shot a final round 5-under-par for their come-from-behind win. The 7-under-par 137 total was good for a one stroke over two other teams that finished at 138. This is the third state title won by Briggs and Warner as a team having won two Senior Four Ball events.
Warner and Briggs display trophies
GOLFER OF THE YEAR RACE TIGHTENS AFTER LATEST RESULTS
The race for the Marion County Golf Association’s Golfer of the Year in the O(pen Division tightened up when Christian Anderson won the SSS Labor Day Classic. Matt Giovannelli still leads the Open Division but has a slim 53 point lead on Anderson 1230 to 1177. In third place is Daniel Owen with 963 points. Fourth place belongs to Jay king (903) and fifth place is David Griffin (897).
Kelly Gosse still has the top spot in the Senior Golfer of the Year Race. Gosse has 892 points. In Second Place is Berger Warner (662), third place is Ian Clark (580, Fourth Place is David Mears (500) and Bobby Johnson is in fifth with 474 points.
See Golfer of the Year for the complete list of the latest Golfer and Senior of the Year Standings.
WARNER HANGS ON TO WIN SECOND MARION MASTERS SUPER SENIORS
Berger Warner won his second consecutive Marion Masters Super Senior title. Warner shot a final round 2-under-par 70 at StoneCreek Golf Club for a 5-under-par 139 score. Finishing in second place just three shots off the pace was Dale Hogsten who shot a 142 total (69-73). There was a tie for third with Jerry Rodeheaver and Randy Briggs with 146 scores. Briggs shot a final round 2-under-par 70 while Rodeheaver matched his opening 73 with another 73 in which rounds matched his age. Fifth place went to Ron Audi who shot 148 (71-77).
Roadheaver won the 70-74 Division and Audi won the 75+ Division.
For the entire field scores see Tournament Information/FINAL SCORES MARION MASTERS SUPER SENIORS.
ANDERSON, KROEGER, VANDERBIE WINNERS IN SSS LABOR DAY CLASSIC
Christian Anderson, AJ Kroeger and Larry Vanderbie were winners in the Silver Spring Shores Labor Day Classic in their respective divisions. Anderson lead the open division after the first round with a 2-under-par 70. Anderson had a twos one-shot lead over Jay King who shot a one-under-par 71 and a two shot lead over Daniel Ogden who shot an even-par 72. Anderson’s final round of 73 gave him a two shot win with Ogden coming in second (72-73) and King coming in third (71-75).
In the Senior Division, Orlando’s AJ Kroeger trailed first round leader Walter Himelsibaugh (Leesburg) by one shot heading into the second round. Kroeger shot a final round one-under-par 71 to overtake Himselsbaugh with a 143 total. Himelsbaugh finished second (71-75) and Chris Bernhard (Inverness) finished third with a 146 total (72-74).
Brooksville’s Larry VanderBie was also a come-from-behind winner when he fired a final round 3-under-par 69 to overtake first round leader Dale Hogsten. VanderBie’s 145 total was two shots better than Hogsten’s 147 (74-73). Leon Lusher finished in a tie for third with Ron Russo as both players shot 82-79 161 totals.
All scores were not available and will be posted as soon as they are.
BOBBY BRYANT QUALIFIES FOR USGA SENIOR AMATEUR
Bobby Bryant shot a 70 at the Eagle Dunes Country Club in Sorrento to qualify for the USGA Senior Amateur. Bryant’s 2-under-par earned him co-medalist honors. The site for the Senior Amateur Championship is Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The tournament is being played at the end of September. Also playing well in the qualifier were David Mears who shot an even par 72 just one shot from qualifying.
MATT GIOVANNELLI AND DAVID GRIFFIN WIN SUMMER GAMES
It was a two man race in the Summer Games that was played at Pine Oaks Golf Club and it went down to the wire. Matt Giovannelli and David Griffin held on to beat out Kelly Gosse and Joe Durrance. Both teams shot identical 4-under-par 68’s giving Gio and Grif a one shot victory, 166 to 167. Finishing third in the championship A Division was Drew Ditty and Joe Donnelly with a 2-day score of 172. There was a father/son team battle in Championship B Division. The Thomas Regan/Jason Regan team edged the Riley Owen/Daniel Owen team by one shot. Both teams show the low rounds of the day – 6-under-par 66’s, 176 and 177 totals respectively. Championship C Division was won by Bobby Bryant and Larry Cotton with a 187 score.
Get all the final scores by going to: TOURNAMENT RESULTS/FINAL SUMMER GAMES SCORES
Matt Giovanelli and David Griffn display winning Summer Game hardware
LOCALS MAKE CUT IN USGA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Three Ocalans made the cut in the USGA Amateur Championship. The first round, which was played at Ocala National GC, had Colton Godwin shooting a 75. Travis Saunders and Osten Waite shot 78’s to make the cut.. The final round of qualifying is today. The leader was Kyler Tate of Winter Garden with a 69.
COLTON GODWIN WINS INNISBROOK AMATEUR
Colton Godwin won the 23rd Innisbrook Amateur Championship. Godwin shot rounds of 75-69-74 for a 218 total and a one-shot victory over Bill Castleman. Other Ocalans who played well were Christian Anderson (236), Palmer Lovell (241), Grant Lovell (252) and Howie George 256.
GIOVANNELLI WINS THE MARION MASTERS TOURNAMENT
Matt Giovannelli came from behind to win the 29th Marion Masters. Trailing the leader Christian Andersen by four shots heading to the last round at the Country Club of Ocala, Giovannelli’s even par 36 pulled him to within one of the lead heading to the home nine. “Gio” shot a 2-under-par 34 for a 70 total and a 3 shot win. The best round of the day was posted by Jay King who shot a 5-under-par 67 giving him a 211 total to end up in a tie for second with Andersen. Brent Dorman finished third with a 212 score and Colton Godwin rounded out the top five with a 214 (72-72-70). The win for Giovannelli was his first Marion Masters win and gives him a 10-year-exemption into the tournament. The top ten finishers from this year scores earn an exemption into next year’s event (SEE BELOW)
Marion Masters Winner Matt Giovannelli
The top ten finishers were:
1. Giovannelli (208)
T-2 Andersen (211)
T-2 King (211)
4 Dorman (21
5 Godwin (214)
6. Steve Albright (215)
T-7 Osten Waite (217)
T-7 David Griffin (217)
9. Drew Ditty (218)
10. Troy Glaus (220)
For all the scores see Tournament Results