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MILES ALBRIGHT CAPTURES MARION MASTERS’ TITLE

Miles Albright and Daniel Owen both shot under-par during the final  round of the Marion Masters and found themselves tied at the top of the leaderboard and headed out to play more golf to decide the winner. Albright trailed Owen by four shots heading to the last round but made six birdies and one bogey for a 5-under-67 to catch Owen. Three-time former MM champion Owen shot a final round 1-under-par 71. With both players sitting at 3-under-par 213 for the tournament they headed for the first tee at Ocala Golf Club and a sudden death playoff. Albright took command right away and hit a pitching wedge to within inches of the hole. Albright tapped in the  birdie for the win.

In a tie for third were the only three other players in the field of 63  to finish below par for the event. Hunter Ditty (71-72-72), Drew Ditty (77-72-66)and Jimmy Letterly (74-73-68) all fired 1-under-par 215 scores for the event.

Rounding out the top ten were: Orlando Merced 218 (79-73-66), Matt Giovannelli 219 (73-75-51), Jeff Hill 219 (75-73-71), Steve Humphrey 219 (75-73-71), Jay King 220 (74-72-74) and Teddy Lausier 220 (72-77-71).

The top ten finishers in the tournament are exempt into next year’s championship.

CHIP SHOTS – The final round was special as it was Father’s Day. There were several fathers out on the course watching their sons participate in the tournament. But more special were the fathers and sons who were playing in the event. They were: Drew and Hunter Ditty, Keith and Tyler Tippett, Jimmy and Ryan Letterly, Daniel and Riley Owen and Bill and Seth Wright.

For all the scores see Tournament Information/Results/Final Scores Marion Masters.

Ron Russo congratulates MM Winner Miles Albright

GIOVANNELLI / COCOLIN FSGA MID-AM WINNERS

Matt Giovannelli and Ken Cocolin paired up to win the FSGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball North Championship. Playing at World Woods Rolling Oaks in Brooksville. Giovannelli and Cocolin shot back to back 7-under-par 65’s for a 14-under-par 130 score only to find themselves tied for first at the end of regulation play.  Also shooting 130 (64-66) were Don Whittemore (Temple Terrace) and Daniel Debra (Lutz). On the first extra hole of the sudden-death playoff Giovannelli made a 2-putt birdie on the par five which gave the Ocala duo the championship.

Locals that also played well in the event were Brent Dorman and David Griffin finishing in a tie for fifth on rounds of 67-66 for an  11-under-par 133.

Also finishing in a tie for fifth at 133 were two golfers very familiar to Marion County, Kelly Gosse and Brian Brown. Gosse and Brown finished the event by shooting the low round of the tournament a 9-under-par 63.

MILES ALBRIGHT AND BRENT DORMAN QUALIFY FOR STATE AM – ROGER ROWLAND HEADING FOR USGA SENIOR OPEN

Miles Albright and Brent Dorman both qualified for the 2019 FSGA State Amateur Championship. Albright won the medalist  qualifying honors with a 5-under-par 67. Dorman shot a 1-over-par 73 to make the event. The qualifier was held at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. The State AM is being played in Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, FL week of June 20. Daniel Owen will be playing in the event as well. Owen who is a former State AM champion has a lifetime exemption.

Roger Rowland has qualified to play in the USGA Senior Open. Rowland who has recently move to the Jacksonville to pursue his career on the PGA Champions Tour won medalist honors at Wynlakes Golf & Country CLub in Montgomery, AL. The US Senior Open is being played at the Warren Golf Course, Nortre Dame, IN, at the end of June.

JAY KING AND DAN OGEN LEAD GOLFER AND SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR RACE

Jay King and Dan Ogen lead their respective divisions in the MCGA Golfer and Senior Golfer of the Year vying to be on top for the year-ending Golf Central Cup, aka “Race For Muni”.

In the Golfer of the Year division King has amassed 8200 points and holds a sizable lead over Jeff Hill who entered the race with a win at The Henry Camp Invitational. Hill sits at 5000 points. Third place is Brent Dorman (3350) with Colton Godwin fourth (3300) and John Houchens fifth with 3050 points.

Ogen is on top of the Senior Golfer of the Year division with 8750 points. Second place belonds to Ken Godwin with 6800. In third place is Berer Warner (6775) and tired for fourth are Dave Falcone and Steve Humphrey with 4500 points each.

For the division standings see Golfer of the Year/ GOLFER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS and SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS.

 

JEFF HILL WINS HENRY CAMP INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Consistent, excellent golfing does have it’s rewards and for Jeff Hill winning the 68th Henry Camp Invitational Championship comes with rewards. Hill received the champions trophy, the winner’s jacket, a gift card in the pro shop and a reserved parking space on Champion’s row every year he decides to play in the tournament. Nice but it didn’t come easy.

Going into to the last day of the three-day tournament at Ocala Golf Club, the leaders Hill and Jay King were tied at 6-under-par 138. Besides King there were 22 golfers well within reach of catching him so there was pressure. Hill had a little trouble on the opening nine holes when he made one birdie and two bogeys for a 37. The one-over par front side put Hill two shots behind the new tournament leaders King, Mike Murphy (Oldsmar) and Lucas Cena (Argentina). “When I saw that I was two shots behind heading to the back nine I knew I needed to go low to win. My goal was to shoot 30 (6-under-par),” Hill said, “I didn’t shoot 30 but did shoot 31 (5-under) which turned out to be good enough.” Hill birdied holes 10, 11, 13, 15 and 17 giving him a 10-under-par 206 (69-69-68).

Finishing second was Cena (79-71-67 – 208). Tied for third at 209 were Murphy (71-68-70) and King (69-69-71). Tied for fifth place at 211 were Joel Durrance (Raleigh, NC) and Marcus Beck (Tallahassee). Finishing with 4-under-par 212’s and tied for seventh were: Brett Ritto (Daytona Beach), Hunter Wade, Kelly Gosse (Crystal River) and Colton Godwin.

For all the scores see Tournament Information/Results/HENRY CAMP FINAL SCORES

 

MEADOWS WINS MEDALIST HONORS AT MARION MASTERS QUALIFIER

Daniels Meadows was one of only four golfers who fought through the windy conditions and managed to break par in the Marion Masters qualifier. Played at Silver Spring Shores Country Club, Meadows shot a 3-under-par 69 to capture medalist honors. The newest Marion County golfing/resident Steve Humphrey shot 70 with Jay King and Paul Irvin posting 1-under 71’s. Matching par 72 were Travis Saunders and Zane Bowman. The low 60 golfers out of the field of 80 qualified for the Marion Masters which is being played in June.

For all the scores and the list of qualifiers see Marion Masters/Marion Masters 2019 Tournament Exemptions/Marion Masters Qualifier Scores

 

KELLY GOSSE WINS FSGA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Kelly Gosse, who is well known in the Marion County golfing arena has added another Florida State Golf Association title to his resume. Gosse fired a 2-under-par 70 at the Southern Hills Plantation Club, Brooksville to capture the Senior Amateur title. Gosse’s 2-under-par 214 was two shots better than runners-up Rick Wolfe and Jimmy Jones. This was the first individual state title for Gosse.

Carl Erickson finished tied for 39th place with a 232.

Kelly Gosse Displays Senior Amateur Trophy

 

CLARK CREAMER HONORED BY MARION COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION

Clark Creamer was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions to Marion County when he was presented with the first Marion County Golf Association “Meritorious Service” Award.

Some 21 years ago Ocala Director of Golf Mike McGinnis needed a golf professional in the program. McGinnis offered the position to Creamer who was working in the Panhandle and Clark accepted. Immediately upon his arrival Clark was embraced by the local community and Clark being Clark, embraced them back. Clark has since given Marion County a professional who has been compassionate, knowledgeable and most of all lovable.

When the presentation was made the word “special” became the theme. Special was used to highlight areas of the community Clark has touched and continues to touch.

Clark has been special to:

Youth Golf – Clark mentored countless youngsters on and off the course and was a huge influence in the First Tee Program

Competitive Golf – Clark organized, assisted and ran numerous tournaments. Some of the most notable tournaments being The Pine Oaks Invitational and the Marion Masters Seniors.

The Community – Clark was always there to listen, analyze and give constructive advice on subjects that weren’t always golf related.

Pine Oaks Golf Club – Clark kept the course going after it had been given a short life. Clark poured his heart and soul into giving the local golfers the best conditions he could given the resources he had to work with.

Marion County Golf Association – Clark immediately upon hearing that the association was being formed volunteered to be the association PGA member and has given the board his expert professional advice and suggestions. Clark is still a very active member of the board.

Even though Clark is ending his tenure at Pine Oaks he plans on staying in Ocala with his family.

Marion County can be very thankful that Clark will continue to share his “specialness” with the community.

Ron Russo presents Clark Creamer with MCGA Meritorious Service Award

GOSSE, GODWIN, HOGSTEN VICTORIOUS AT GEORGE SCALES MEMORIAL

Kelly Gosse, Ken Godwin and Roger Hogsten were winners at the George Scales Memorial tournament.

Gosse (Crystal River) shot a 4-under-par 140 for the two-day event which was played at the Country Club at Silver Spring Shores to win the Open Division title. Finishing in a tie for second place with 145 totals were Jay King and Brett Riotto. Sean Butscher was fourth at 148 and tied for fifth were Ross Lockleer and Patrick Sweeney at 151.

It took extra holes to come up with the Senior Division champion. After 36 holes Godwin and Berger Warner were knotted at 145. Godwin won the championship on the first sudden playoff hole. Finishing in third place was Leesburg’s Walter Himmelsbaugh with a 149. Tied for fourth was Dan Ogen and Carl Erickson with 151 totals.

In the Super Senior Division Roger Hogsten came from behind to claim the top spot. Hogsten beat first round leader Mike Thomas by one-shot 150-151. Finishing in third place was Greg Mirabile at 155 with Lou Koeller fourth and a 156. Tied for fifth were Dale Hogsten and Byron Huff with 158’s.

For all the final scores wee Tournament Information/Results/FINAL SCORES GEORGE SCALES MEMORIAL

 

BROWN, HUMPHREY, BRIGGS ARE PINE OAKS INVITATIONAL WINNERS

Brian Brown, Steve Humphrey and Randy Briggs won their respective divisions in the Pine Oaks Invitational.

Inverness’ Brown shot a even-par final round to overtake first round leader Colton Godwin for the Championship title in the Pine Oaks Invitational. Brown won by one shot with a 2-under 2-under-par 142 (70-72) total and Godwin fired a 143 (69-74). Kelly Gosse (Crystal River) closed with a 70 for a 145 total score and third place. In fourth place was Brent Dorman (72-74 – 145) with Jay King finishing fifth with 147 (73-74).

The Senior Division saw Steve Humphrey go wire-to-wire and win by five shots. Humphrey shot a final round 1-under-par 71 for a 3-under-par 141 total. Second place went to Dave Falcone with a 146 (73-074). Tied for third was Berger Warner (72-76 – 148) and Kevin Macy (Tampa) (71-77- 148). In fifth place was Leesburg’s Walter Himelsbaugh with 150 (72-78).

The Super Senior Division went down to the end with Randy Briggs edging out Mike Arminio by a single shot, 139 to 140. Briggs closed with a 4-under-par 68 to pass Arminio who shot a final round 70. Third place went to Daryl Case with a 3-under-par 141 score. Fourth place was Dick McDonough with 145 (73-72) and David McLeod finished fifth with a two-day score of 147 (72-75).

Flight winners were:

Championship A – Colton Godwin

Championship B – Hunter Wade

Championship C – Brandon Odaiyar

Championship D – PJ Stanley

Senior A – Dave Falcone

Senior B – Bill Ramputti

Super Senior Gross – Mike Arminio

Super Senior Net – Gary Hackett

OUT OF THE ROUGH – The Super Senior Division win gave Briggs the “hat trick” as he over the years has won all three Divisions. It’s a feat that is definitely the first and could very well be the last time it can happen as the 2019 Pine Oaks Invitational could be the last one.

For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/PINE OAKS FINAL SCORES.

 

PALLADINO, LUNDQUIST, CARLEY, PROGNER CAPTURE MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL TITLES

One wire-to-wire winner and three come-from-behind winners highlighted the final round of the 12th Annual Moot Thomas Invitational.

The wire-to-wire winner was Bobby Lundquist in the Super Senior Division. The come-from-behind winners were Ken Palladino (Senior Division), Jim Carley (Legends Division) and Jim Progner (Super Legend Division).

Palladino started out the final round at Ocala Golf Club trailing first round leader Brian Brown by one shot. Palladino closed the tourney with a 73 which gave the Tampa resident a 4-under-par 212 total. The 212 score edged a quartet of golfers by a single shot. Finishing in a tie for second place with 213 totals were: Doug Harris (Franklin, TN), Brown (Inverness), Jerry Slagle (Southlake, TX) and Kelly Gosse (Crystal River).

Lundquist went wire-to-wire to win the SS Division. The Sanford resident was one of only two golfers who shot all three rounds under par in the tournament. Lundquist put up scores of 71-70-69 for a 6-under-par 210. Finishing second was Bill Zylstra (Ocklawaha) with a 217 total. In third place was John Armstrong (Frostburg, MD) with a 218. Fourth place went to Shawn McLoughoin (Newtown, CT) with 220. Finishing in fifth place was David McLeod with 220.

Ormond Beach’s Jim Carley came from behind to edge Tom Grady by a single shot to win the Legend Division. Carley’s closed with a 4-under-par 68 which gave him a 10-under-par 206 and a one-shot win over Grady (Lakewood Ranch). Carley also shot under par for all three rounds (69-69-68 – 206). Finishing third was Mike Jackson (Martinez, GA) with a 4-under-par 213. In fourth place was Dick McDonough at 3-under-par 213. In a tie for fifth were John Cuomo (Venice) and Berger Warner with 2-under-par 214 scores.

Jim Progner birdied the last hole to break a tie with Legend leader Charlie Busbee. Progner (Sarasota) shot a 222 total on rounds of 78-70-74 to overtake Busbee (Stockbridge, GA) who finished at 223. In third place was Ron Russo with 228. Fourth Place went to Yancey Ford (Charlottesville, VA) with 231. In a tie for fifth were Dave King (Potomac Falls, VA) and Joe Eubank (Winter Park) with 232s.

OUT OF THE ROUGH -There were players representing 16 states and Canada in the field of this National Senior event.

Final scores can be found under Tournament Information/Results/FINAL SCORES MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL

KEN PALLADINO

BOBBY LUNQUIST

JIM CARLEY

JIM PROGNER

 

 

VANNUCCI, OGEN, ANGELINO COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA INVITATIONAL WINNERS

Troy Vannucci, Dan Ogen and Frank Angelino won their respective divisions in the Country Club of Ocala Invitational.

Vannucci won the Open Division with a 1-over-par 145. Vannucci’s 73-72 was the lowest score of the entire field as tou9gh scoring conditions prevailed. Finishing second was Jon Houchens with a 153 (76-77). Third place went to Vince Kwon at 155 (77-78) . Tied for fourth with 158 totals were Brett Riotto (79-79) and Jay King (80-78).

In the Senior Division Dan Ogen shot a two-day score of 150 (74-76) to claim the top spot. Finishing in a tie for second at 152 were Larry Cotten (73-79) and Berger Warner (74-78). Fourth place went to Dave McMeen with a 156 (77-78) with fifth place being taken by David Mears with a 156 (78-78).

In the Legends Division Frank Angelino came from behind to win the division. Angelino’s 81-75 – 156 total was two shots better than Mike Benham (79-79). Finishing third was Fred Wollett at 159 (81-78). Fourth was Mel Hauck with 160. Fifth went to Don Pykola at 167.

OUT OF THE BUNKER – Ogen is riding a hot streak as he won his second consecutive senior title. Ogen won the Marion Masters Seniors last weekend.

For all the scores see Tournament Information/Results CC of Ocala Invitational Final Scores

 

 

OGEN WINS 21ST MARION MASTERS SENIORS

Daniel Ogen blistered the last nine holes of the two-day Marion Masters Seniors to win the title. After opening up the tournament with a 1-under-par 71, Ogen trailed first round leader Wayne Dukes by two shots. Dave Falcone, who also shot a 1-under-par 71 on the opening day took the lead heading to the back nine at Ocala Golf Club. Meanwhile out on the course was Jeff Morley who was shooting his way into contention. However coming down the stretch it was Ogen’s six-under 30 on the last nine that propelled him to the top and gave him a one shot win over Falcone and Morley, 139 to 140. For the two days, Ogen shot a 5-under-par 139 total followed by Falcone and Morley with 4-under-par 140. Morley shot the round of the tournament a 66, also breaking par in the final round were Falcone (69), Larry Cotten (68), Daryl Case (69), Jim Williams (69) and Bill Wright (69).

Winning the Super Seniors was Falcone. Silver Seniors winner was Berger Warner and Golden Senior Champion was Daryl Case.

For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/MARION MASTERS SENIORS FINAL SCORES

DANIEL OGEN MARION MASTERS SENIORS CHAMPION

 

KING, CLARKE, BRIGGS MEMORIAL WINNERS

Jay King, Ian Clarke and Randy Briggs won their respective divisions in The Memorial.

King came from behind to overtake the Championship Division first round leader Brent Dorman. King managed to match par 72 on a blustery day at the Country Club of Ocala which gave him a 150 total and a one shot win over Dorman (151) Finishing third was Brett Riotto with a 152. Fourth place went to Mark Caffee at 153 and BJ Kuhn with a 155 finished fifth.

In the Senior Division Ian Clarke also matched par and was the only golfer to finish the two days in the red, a 2-under-par 142. Robert Parker came in second with a 148. Dave McMeen at 149 was third with Peter Guillette finishing fourth (153). Walter Himelsbaugh was fifth at 154.

In the Super Senior Division Randy Briggs also shot an even-par 72 and was an easy winner. Briggs’ 151 total was six shots better than Mel Hauck (157). Third place went to Don Pykola at 160. Fourth went to Fred Wollett at 162. Tied for fifth was Frank Angelino, Ron Russo and Greg Mirable with 163 totals.

For all the scores see Tournament Information/Results/Memorial Final Scores.