GRANT, OWEN, PIATT, GALAVIS WINNERS AT MEMORIAL
Justin Grant, Daniel Owen, Rod Piatt, and Taylor Galavis were winners of their respective divisions at the Memorial after a cold weekend at the Country Club of Ocala.
Justin Grant followed his Saturday 69 with a one-over 73 on Sunday for a 142 total to run away with the Open Division title. Grant is picking up right where he left off after a stellar 2021 season that included six top-5 finishes and a third-place finish in the Golfer of the Year race. In second place was Troy Vanucci (148), whose second round 70 was the low round of the day. Rounding out the top five were Richard Francis (150), Martin Musgrave (154), and Nathan Piatt (157).
Daniel Owen won the Senior Division after a second consecutive one-under performance. This is Owen’s third consecutive Memorial tile and fourth win in his last seven MCGA events. His 142 total was good for a six-stroke victory over Kelly Gosse (148), Kenny Godwin (149), Bobby Bryant (154), and John Darr (156).
Two rounds were not enough to decide the Super Senior title. Rod Piatt and Berger Warner ended the event tied at the top after Warner (72-74) erased Piatt’s two-stroke advantage entering Sunday’s round. Piatt (70-76) emerged victorious on the fifth sudden death playoff hole after sticking it to a foot and making a birdie for the win.
Taylor Galavis went wire-to-wire in the Junior Division, following his first-round 77 with a 76 on Sunday. In second place was Adam Adkins (84-88), followed by Gage Owens (91-96).
ALBRIGHT/ALBRIGHT, DORMAN/LOCKER, HIMELSBAUGH/LEVY OCALA CUP WINNERS
The Ocala Cup, which was played at The Ocala Golf Club saw Steve and Miles Albright, Brent Dorman/Joe Locker and Walter Himelsbaugh/Bob Levy win their respective divisions, but the titles didn’t come easy.
In the Open Division the Albright/Albright team shot their second 7-under-par 65 for a 14-under-par 130 but found themselves tied with the team of Daniel Adkins and Michael Bil (64-66). The two teams headed for a sudden-death playoff to decide the winner. Both teams matched par on the first extra hole but on the second playoff hole Miles Albright rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt for the win. Finishing in a tie for third were Brett White/Ryan Letterly and Marty Musgrave/Justin Grant with both teams shooting 13-under-par 131 totals.
In the Senior Division after regulation play there was a three-way tie for the lead. Jeff and Mike Zysek, Bill Wright/Bobby Bryant and Brent Dorman/Joe Locker all came with 12-under-par 132 totals. Another playoff started and on the first extra hole Locker banged in a 4-foot birdie putt to claim the title. Finishing tied for fourth were Scott Goldbach/Smyke Ells and Scott Thul/Steve Humphrey with 10-under-par 134 scores.
In the Super-Senior Division Himelsbaugh/Levy birdied their last hole to overtake the first-round leaders for their win. Himelsbaugh/Levy trailed Kevin Macy and Dwayne Zitko by six shots heading into the final round when Macy/Zitko posted the low round of the tournament a 9-under-par 63. Himelsbaugh/Levy however shot an 8-under-par 64 final round to claim the top spot by one shot, 131 to 132. In third place was Andy Padova/Larry Vanderbie and Jeff Cunningham/Robert Cunningham with 7-under-par 137 totals.
To see the entire field scores, go to Tournament Information/Results/FINAL RESULTS – OCALA CUP.
BRYANT/GREY WIN SENIOR/JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Bobby Bryant and Austin Grey came from behind on the final day of the Senior/Junior Championship at the Country Club of Ocala to claim the top prize. Shooting the low round of the weekend, Bryant/Grey fired a 9-under-par 63 to overtake the first round leaders Walter Himlesbaugh and Matt Dunlap. The final score was Bryant/Grey 132, Himelsbaugh/Dunlap 135. Finishing in third place were Anthony Valvano/Brandon Valvano with a 139 total (69-71). Brian Sachs/Jonathan Volk with 71-70 – 141 were fourth.
Winning the net division were Rich Callum/Rob Jordon with 123 (61-62). In second place were Paul Burgin/Tim Roach at 127 (63-64) and finishing in third were Bill Searcy/Les Smith at 130 (67-63).
For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/FINAL SCORES CCO SENIOR/JUNIOR
GIOVANNELLI, OWEN 2021 GOLFER AND SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
After 338 days and more than 33,000 holes played, the Marion County Golf Association has named its 2021 Golfer and Senior Golfer of the Year.
With a win at the Golf Central Cup, Matt Giovannelli took the highly-contested Golfer of the Year title. Giovannelli’s season included 10 starts and seven finishes in the top 7, including finishing the season 1-2-2-1 in his last four events. Giovannelli’s outstanding play down the stretch proved to be the difference in the closest Golfer of the Year race in MCGA history. Aside from Giovannelli (15105 points), rounding out the top five were Marty Musgrave (13450), Justin Grant (11538), Ty O’Shields (11040), and Drew Ditty (7400).
After a dominating season that included no finish worse than T2, Daniel Owen is the MCGA Senior Golfer of the Year. In six starts, Owen amassed 16000 points with wins at the Memorial, Marion Masters Seniors, and George Scales and second-place finishes at the Country Club of Ocala Invitational, Stone Creek Fall Classic, and Golf Central Cup. Bobby Bryant (9980 points) finished second in the final standings, followed by Jeff Morley (8985), Dave Falcone (6975), and Bill Wright (5850).
Congrats to Matt and Daniel! We look forward to kicking off the 2021-22 season in just a few short weeks at the Ocala Cup.
To see how your local favorite finished in the points race go to: Golfer of the Year/GOLFER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS and Golfer of the Year/SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS.