KING AND HUMPHREY WIN GOLFER AND SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
The competition for the 2019 Marion County Golfer and Senior Golfer has ended. The Golfer of the Year recipient grabbed the lead after the first tournament of the year and never looked back. The Senior Golfer of the Year was the closest competition ever and wasn’t decided until the last tournament of the year.
Jay King won The Memorial giving him the lead for the Golfer of the Year and he kept the pedal-to-the-medal all year never relinquishing the lead. . King’s 13575 points were almost double that of second place finisher and defending title holder Jeff Hill (6950). Finishing in third was Matt Giovannelli with 6150, fourth was Daniel Owen with 5300 and fifth was Brendan Ehlers with 5100 points.
The Senior Golfer of the Year went down to the last tournament of the competition and the winner was decided by the slimmest of margins since the award’s inception. Steve Humphrey won the year-ending Golf Central Cup which allowed him to go from fourth place to first. Humphrey amassed 11050 points which edged runner-up Jeff Morley by a mere 75 points. Morley tied for second place in the GC Cup. Finishing third was Ken Godwin with 10750 points. Fourth place went to Dan Ogen (10750) with Bobby Bryant fifth at 7450 points.
OUT OF THE ROUGH – Ehlers and Morley with their finishes in the tournament won exemptions into the 2020 Marion Masters tournament. King and Godwin were the only players in their respective division to get points in all of the designated point events.
For the final Golfer and Senior of the Years standings see Golfer of the Year and Senior Golfer of the Year Standings.
EHLERS AND HUMPHREY GOLF CENTRAL CUP WINNERS
Brendan Ehlers and Steve Humphrey won their respective divisions in the inaugural Golf Central Cup.
Both players shot 69 at Ocala Golf Club. the 3-under-par score was good enough for Humphrey to win the Senior Division but Ehler’s 69 put him in a tie for first with Matt Giovannelli for the Open Division title.
Ehlers and Giovanelli went to sudden death playoff to decide the winner. Both players nearly birdied the first playoff hole and then exchanged pars on the second playoff hole. On the third extra hole Ehlers knocked his second shot into the cup for an eagle and the title.
Rounding out the top five in the Open Division were Travis Wilemon (72), Hunter Ditty (73) and Jay King, Austin Kirpatrick, Tim Hunt (75).
Humphrey’s 69 was two shots better than runners-up Jeff Morley and Ian Clarke with 1-under-par 71’s. Finishing fourth was Dave Falcone with a 74 and Mike Kemp was fifth with a 75.
With the win Humphrey, who was in third place for Senior Golfer of the Year honors, garnished 3000 points which jumped him into first place edging out Morley by a slim 75 points for the year.
For all the scores and the prizes see Tournament Information/Results/GOLF CENTRAL CUP RESULTS
OWEN AND MACY WINNERS IN DOUG OSWALD INVITATIONAL
Daniel Owen and Kevin Macy shot identical scores on their way to winning their divisions in the Doug Oswald Invitational.
The final round, which was played at Ocala Golf Club, had Owen shooting a 6-under-par 66 giving him an 8-under-par 2-day 136 total to capture the Senior Division title. Second place went to defending champion Steve Humphrey who shot a pair of 69’s for a 6-under-par 138. Third place was won by Jeff Morley with 139 (68-71). There was a three-way tie for fourth place with Brian Brown (Inverness), Doug Snoap (Mt. Dora) and Walter Himelsbaugh (Leesburg) all shooting 2-under-par 144’s.
The Super Senior title went to Macy (Leesburg) who posted the same 8-under-par 136 score as Owen which also gave him a two shot win. Finishing in second place was Dick Clemens (Tampa) with a 69-69 – 138 total. Rob Hess (Casselberry) (72-68) and Pete Andrews (71-69) tied for third with 140 totals. Robert Schmidt finished fifth with 143 (72-71).
Senior Division Flight winners were: Flight B – Robert Parker (Orlando) (145), Flight C – Kelly Gosse (Crystal River) (148), Flight D – John McLeod (150), Flight E – David Mears (153) and Flight F – Duncan Wright (157).
Super Senior Flight winners were: Second Flight – Bo Craig (143), Third Flight – Kevin Hyman (150), Fourth Flight – Jon Hill (158) and Fifth Flight – Mack Gadd (173).
CHIP SHOTS – This was the 44th Doug Oswald Invitational tournament which is the oldest Senior Invitational in the state of Florida.
Entire field scores will be posted at a later time.
GOLFER OF THE YEAR RACE…
GOLF CENTRAL CUP OPEN DIVISION TOP 20 SET – SENIOR TOP 20 DECIDED AFTER OSWALD INVITATIONAL
The Golfer of the Year in the Open Division has been decided as Jay King played in all eight point events and played well in all of them. Even with the year-ending Golf Central tournament to be played King’s massive lead will earn him his second Golfer of the Year honor. King came out of the chute quickly by winning the season opening The Memorial. In all King amassed 12525 points which gave him the championship. In his eight tournaments King had one win, five top-fives, a sixth and 10th place finish. King heads into the year-ending Golf Central Cup as the top seed. The top 20 finishers in the Open Division qualify for the Golf Central Cup (See current standings).
The Senior Golfer of the Year title is still up for grabs as there are two tournaments left to be played, The Doug Oswald Invitational and the Golf Central Cup. The packed leaderboard has Dan Ogen in the top spot with 9750 points followed by Ken Godwin (2nd) with 9225. Third place is Jeff Morley, Berger Warner fourth and Bill Wright fifth. The top 20 golfers in the standings after the Oswald Invitational will be eligible to play in the Golf Central Cup.
The Golf Central Cup is a one-day tournament that is being played at Ocala Club on Sunday, November 24. The top 20 and ties in the Golfer and Senior Golfer of the Year races will be eligible to play in it. (See the latest standings under Golfer of the Year.)
McDONOUGH WINS MARION MASTERS SUPER SENIORS
It took overtime to decide the 2019 overall winner of the Marion Masters Super Senior Championship. Dick McDonough, who was the tournament leader after the first round , found himself trailing Berger Warner with one hole left to play at Ocala Palms CC. McDonough knocked his second shot to 10 feet and made the putt to send the match into sudden-death. On the first playoff hole McDonough made a clutch par-saving 8-foot putt to extend the match. On the second hole of the playoff, McDonough’s putter once again came through as he rolled in the winning putt. McDonough shot a final round 71 for a 2-day score of 4-under-par 140. Four time MM Super Senior champion, Warner shot the low round of the day, a 3-under-par 69 for his 140 total. Finishing third was Robert Caron with a 145 (73-72), fourth place was Ron Russo at 148 (71-77) and fifth place went to Jerry Rodeheaver at 149 (75-74).
Caron won the Super Senior Division (65-69) with Ed Cambias and Bo Craig tying for second with 151’s. Fourth place went to David McLeod at 156 and fifth place was Dan Cole at 157.
In the Silver Senior Division (70-74), McDonough and Warner tied for first with Dale Hogsten placing third with 152. Fourth place went to Jon Hill with 156. Tom Hopkins was fifth with 157.
Winning the Golden Senior Division (75+) was Russo with Rodeheaver second. Third place winner was George Gay at 160. Tied for fourth were Craig Oliver and Steve Eatmon with 160’s.
For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/MARION MASTERS SUPER SENIORS FINAL SCORES.
ALBRIGHT/ROBERTS QUALIFY FOR 2020 USGA AMATEUR 4-BALL TOURNAMENT
Playing at the Lago Mar Country Club, Gray Albright and Brett Roberts (Coral Springs) qualified for the 2020 USGA Amateur Fourball Championship. The Florida State Golf Team commits shot a 9-under-par 63 only to find themselves in a playoff with Dean Greyserman (Boca Raton) Alan Kornikova (Palm Beach). Albright/Roberts birdied the first hole to win the playoff. Albright/Roberts will head to Philadephia, PA to play in the USGA Championship at The Cricket Club in May of 2020.
DANIEL OWEN RUNNER-UP IN FSGA MID-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
A final round of 4-under-par 68 by Daniel Owen’s in the last round of FSGA Mid-Senior Championship put him in a tie the tournament leader Joe Alfieri. With two holes to go in the 54-hole event, Owen found himself trailing the leader by three shots. Owen birdied 17 and realized he was two behind. Lutz’s Alfieri bogeyed the final and Owen rolled in another birdie to knot the two players. Both players shot 9-under-par 207 scores and headed for sudden-death. During the ensuing playoff both players exchanged pars on the first hole. On the par five second hole Owen just missed his birdie putt and Alfieri made his birdie for the win.
KING LEADS GOLFER OF THE YEAR – GODWIN TAKES LEAD IN SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Jay King holds a commanding lead in the MCGA Golfer of the Year race and Ken Godwin took the lead for Senior Golfer of the Year honors.
Golfer of the Year has King (11,375) with a 5325 point lead over Jeff Hill (6050). Third place belongs to Miles Albright with 4000 points followed by Brent Dorman with 3050 points. Tied for fifth are Jon Houchens and Matt Giovannelli with 3050 points.
In the Senior race Godwin has a slight 5o point lead over Dan Ogen. Godwin has 8800 points and Ogen has 8750. Third place is Berger Warner with 6775 followed by Steve Humphrey at 5250. Fifth place is Bill Wright with 4525 points.
There is just one more tournament remaining in the Race To Muni (Golf Central Cup) and that is the Bo Williams City Amateur for the Open Division and two events left for the Seniors (Bo Williams and Doug Oswald).
Remember the top 20 leaders in each division qualify for year-ending Golf Central Cup in November.
The current standings for both Golfer of the Year and Senior Golfer of the Year are under Golfer of the Year.