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).

BERGER WARNER WINS GOLFWEEK’S TOP SUPER SENIOR AMATEUR RANKING TITLE

Golfweek released their final amateur rankings for the 2015 season. Berger Warner’s performance in tournaments that are used in the ranking system gave him the honor of being crowned the number one Super Senior in the country. Warner started out the 2015 season in a flurry by winning the Super Senior title in four tournaments on the Florida swing (Old Corkscrew Invitational, Estero; Kingsway Invitational, Lake Susy; Moot Thomas Invitational, Ocala and Azalea Senior, Palatka). Warner’s stellar play throughout the rest of the year in point-designated tournaments gave him a total of 7060 points and the title. Gary Kirwan of Texas finished in second place.

Other local notable golfers who earned national status were:

Senior Division (55-64 years old) – Bill Zylstra (3-time national title winner) 9th place (1475 points), Bobby Bryant 150th place (465points), David Mears 155th place (455 points); Jim Williams III 525place (103 points), Larrry Cotten 523rd place (105 points) and Ed Cambias 532nd place (100 points).

Super Seniors (65+ years old) – Randy Briggs 64th place (800 points), Ron Audi 229th place (165 points), Ron Russo 245th place (140 points).

 

CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, KELLY GOSSE WIN MCGA GOLFER AND SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Christian Anderson won the Marion County Golf Asasociation Golfer of the Year honors and Kelly Gosse won the MCGA Senior Golfer of the Year honors.

The year-long competition saw Anderson win three events (Country Club of Ocala Invitational, Silver Spring Shores Labor Day Classic and Bo Williams City of Ocala Amateur Championship). Anderson also placed well in several other events. The 1577 points Anderson earned were 240 points ahead of last year’s GOY  David Griffin (1337). Third place was Matt Giovannelli with 1230 points, fourth was Daniel Owen with 1106 points and fifth was Jay King with 996 points.

In the Senior Golf of the Year race Kelly Gosse accumulated his points by winning the Marion Masters Seniors and playing well in other point events. Finishing in second place was Bobby Johnson with 667 points, Berger Warner was third with 662 points, Joe Donnelly was fourth with 607 points and Ian Clarke was fifth with 580 points.

For the fnal point standings for both Golfer and Senior Golfer of the Year see Golfer of the Year Standings.

GLAUS/GRIFFIN AND BRYANT/COTTEN OCALA CUP WINNERS

Troy Glaus Glaus and David Griffin were wire-to-wire winners in the 4-Ball Open Division of the Ocala Cup.  Bobby Bryant and Larry Cotten staged a dramatic come-from-behind win to claim the 4-Ball Senior Division.

Glaus and Griffin opened the tournament with a tournament low 10-under-par 62. The duo then completed the win with a final round 8-under-par 64 for a six shot win. Finishing in second was defending champions Kelly Gosse and Tim Hume with a pair of 66’s. Third place went to Drew Ditty and Joe Donnelly with a 135 (67-68).

In the Senior Division Bryant and Cotten started the last round four shots off the lead when they opened with a 2-under-par 70. Bryant and Cotten shot a final round 9-under-par 63 for a 133 total and a two shot victory. Finishing in second place was Kelly Brady and Mike Murphy with a 135 score (70-65). There was a three-way tie for third placw. With 136 totals were David Mears/Brian Brown; Mike Hinkle/Carl Erickson and Randy Briggs/Berger Warner.

For all the scores see Tournament Results/Final Results Ocala Cup.

STEVE ALBRIGHT ELECTED TO FLORIDA STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Steve Albright Jr. was recently elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Governors of the FSGA at the annual association meeting.  Steve served on the FSGA Advisory Board in 2015 prior to his election to the Board of Governors.  Albright’s term will begin as incumbent FSGA President Randy Briggs ends his second term and helps ensure a strong north central Florida connection in the FSGA.  Albright is very excited and extremely proud of the appointment. Besides being a very accomplished and prominent local golfer, he has great interest in local junior golf as well as the Florida Junior Tour in which several of his children are very active.

 

ANDERSON, KROEGER, BRIGGS WINNERS IN BO WILLIAMS CITY AMATEUR CHAMIONSHIP

Christian Anderson, AJ Kroeger and Randy Briggs all had something in common at the end of regulation play in the Bo Williams City Amateur Championship. They all shot under par and all won their respective divisions.

Anderson, who was tied with Steve Albright heading into the final day pulled away from all contenders with a 2-under-par 70. Anderson’s 142 total was six better than runners-up Troy Glaus (75-73) and David Griffin (74-74). Fourth place went to Joel Durrance (76-73 – 149).

In the Senior Division Orlando’s AJ Kroeger came from three shots behind to over take first round Larry Cotten. Kroeger shot a 1-under-par 71 for a 145 total and three shots better than Dave Falcone (75-73), Jim Williams 74-74) and Larry Cotten (70-78).

In the Super Senior Division Randy Briggs fired a 1-under-par 71 to claim the top spot. Briggs’ 143 total was three shots better than Berger Warner (74-72). Finishing Third was Wyatt Meyer (74-73) with Joe Lukasik fourth (76-73).

For all the scores see Tournament Information/Tournament Results

TIM HUME AND LARRY VANDERBIE WIN RESPECTIVE TITLES IN DOUG OSWALD INVATIONAL

It was an exciting finish in both the Senior and Super Senior Championships of the Doug Oswald Tournament which was played at the Ocala Golf Club.

In the Senior Championship Crystal River’s Tim Hume came from behind to claim the title. Hume trailed the leaders by four shots heading to the last round but fired a final round 7-under-par 65  This gave Hume a 2-day scores of 138. The 6-under-par score was enough to edge out Robert Parker (Orlando), Kelly Gosse (Inverness) and Jerry Slagle (Dallas, Texas) by one shot. Bobby Johnson finished fifth and Dave Falcone finished sixth.

After regulation play in the Super Senior Division two golfers stood at the top of the leaderboard in a tie. Larry VanderBie (Brooksville) and Dick Clemen (Tampa) were both shot 6-under-par 138 scores and headed into a sudden-death playoff. On the first playoff hole both players hit the green with VanderBie the closer of the two. Clemen just missed his birdie attempt and VanderBie rolled his put in the hole for the win. Finishing in third place was Berger Warner who shot a final round 4-under-par 68 and a two-day score of 143. Finishing in a tie for fourth place were Randy Briggs, Brian Sachs and Joe Lukasik with 144 scores.

See Tournament Information/Tournament Results/Oswald Final Scores for all the scores.

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TIM HUME AND LARRY VANDERBIE DISPLAY TROPHIES

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.

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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

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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)

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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