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WARNER WINS MARION MASTERS SUPER SENIORS

Under breezy conditions on the final day of the Marion Masters Super Senior Championship Berger Warner managed to match par which was good enough to capture the overall title. Warner’s final day 72 coupled with his opening round of 71 gave him a 143 total and a two-shot margin over runner-up Ron Russo. Russo also matched par on the final day giving him a two-day total of 145 (73-72). Finishing in third place was Smyke Ells at 146 (70-76). There was a tie for fourth with Denis Monzon and Chuck Munkle both finishing at 148. Monzon shot rounds of 73-75 and Munkle shot 74-74.

Ells won the Super Senior Division with Monzon and Munkle finishing second. Warner won the Silver Senior Division with Dick McDonough finishing second (76-77 – 153). Russo won the Golden Senior Division with Jerry Rodeheaver finishing second (72-76 – 148).

CHIP SHOTS – With this latest win Warner now has 13 Marion Masters titles. … two Marion Masters, five Marion Masters Seniors and six Marion Masters Super Seniors.

See Tournament Information/Results/FINAL RESULTS MARION MASTES SUPER SENIORS

BERGER WARNER DISPLAYS HIS 6TH MM SUPER SENIOR TROPHY

 

HILL/GIOVANNELLI,  HIMELSBAUGH/PADOVIA SUMMER GAME WINNERS

The teams of Jeff Hill/Matt Giovannelli and Walter Himelsbaugh/Andy Padova won their divisions in the Summer Games at Ocala Golf Club.

Hill and Giovannelli were tied  for first with Michael Bil and Daniel Atkins at 101 after the first round. Hill/Giovannelli shot a final round 3-under-par 69 for a four shot win. Finishing alone in third were Jeff and Chris Condello (Winter Park) with a 175 score.

In the Senior Division Walter Himelsbaugh (Leesburg) and Andy Padova (Hudson) cruised to a six shot win by posting a final round 5-under-par 67. Coming in second were David Mears and Brian Brown (Crystal River) with a 171 total. Finishing third were Berger Warner and Brent Dorman at 172.

For the entire field final scores see Tournament Information/Results/FINAL RESULTS SUMMER GAMES

 

JERRY RODEHEAVER WINS FSGA SUPER SENIOR 75+ MATCH PLAY TITLE

Jerry Rodeheaver, of Dunnellon, took home the Super Senior 75 & Over Age Division Match Play Championship after defeating Jack Heinemann 2 & 1 in the finals at the Vero Beach Country Club.  Rodeheaver’ started with a 2-up win over Don Valcheff in the first round and then followed that up with a 3 & 2 win over Brian Sachs in the semifinals. The semifinal match also included Rodeheaver’s first career hole-in-one on the par three sixth hole.

This latest win brings the number of state titles won by Marion County residents to 42 (see entire list under State and National Titles).

MARION COUNTY’S NEWEST RESIDENT PRO FINISHES T3 AT THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

As we’re sure you have heard, Louis Oosthuizen recently relocated to the Ocala area. The sweet-swinging South African and 2010 Champion Golfer of the Year just capped off an outstanding 2021 major season with a T3 at the Open Championship. The tournament, contested at the venerable Royal St. George’s in the south of England, was won by budding superstar Collin Morikawa who edged a charging Jordan Spieth by two strokes after a bogey-free 66.

While Morikawa and Spieth are certainly fan-favorites, the entirety of Marion County was pulling for one of its own in Oosthuizen. A “farm boy at heart,” Louis and his family fell in love with the area after visiting friends around the holidays and decided to relocate from Palm Beach Gardens. (If you want to know if the “farm boy” moniker is authentic, look no further than his splurge purchase after winning the Open Championship in 2010- a custom John Deere tractor).

Oosthuizen’s success at the Open came as no surprise. For golf fans around the world, the mere mention of Oosthuizen’s name conjures up images of major championship Sundays. Louis has finished in the top 3 in the past three majors and this week tallied Louis’s 9th top-3 major finish in his career. For comparison, Rory McIlroy, long considered to be the best golfer in his generation, has mustered 8 top-3 finishes in the same number of major events (51).

The move makes Oosthuizen the second active PGA Tour player in the area, joining Ted Potter, Jr. Similar to Potter’s Corner, we will begin tracking Oosthuizen’s results in a new section of the MCGA website. We are still seeking a name for the new blog; please send any suggestions to [email protected]

 

DITTY CROWNED MARION MASTERS CHAMPION

Intermittent showers throughout the cloudy day didn’t deter the 55 golfers who were playing in the final round of 40th Marion Masters at the Ocala Golf Club. The clouds and rain didn’t put a damper on the good scoring that was going on and it didn’t slow down Drew Ditty or Ty O’Shields. Ditty, trailed second round leader Christen Anderson by seven shots heading to the last round and  fired a flawless 7-under-par 65 for a 206 total to surpass Anderson who shot a 73 for a 207 total. However O’Shields who started the final round at Ocala Golf Club three shots from Anderson, shot a final round 69 also putting him at 206. Tied at 206 both players headed for a sudden-death playoff to decide the champion. Still tied after the first two extra holes Ditty smoothly sank a 10 foot birdie putt on the next hole to claim the 2021 Marion Masters trophy.

Finishing in a tie for third at 6-under-par  210 were Anderson (70-67-73) and Justin Grant (73-67-70). Finishing alone in fifth place was 3-time former champion Daniel Owen  with a 3-under-par 211 (72-69-70 )

Rounding out the top ten were: sixth, 4-time former champion Steve Albright 212; seventh, former champion Miles Albright 212; eighth Steve Humphrey 215; tied for ninth were former champion Matt Giovannelli and Tommy Lowe at 216.

CHIP SHOTS – Besides the title Ditty ends up with a 10-year exemption into the tournament. The top ten finishers earn exemptions into the 2022 Marion Masters. Another Father’s Day finish with a few father’s out watching their children compete and of course there was Miles and daddy Steve Albright playing in the second to last group trying to win another MM title each.

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

2021 MM Champion Drew Ditty receives congratulations and trophy from MCGA Chairman Ron Russo

 

LIVENGOOD LEADS MARION MASTERS QUALIFIERS

Lyle Livengood topped the 80 plus golfers trying to qualify for the 2021 Marion Masters. Lyle shot a 5-under-par 67 to capture the medalist honors. The qualifier was played at The Country Club at Silver Springs under ideal conditions. Five other golfers managed to break par and they were: Bobby Bryant (69), Colton Godwin (69), Daniel Adkins (70) Travis Wilemon (70) and Eion Buckelew (71).
The Marion Masters is a 54-hole event and gets underway on June 18, 19, 20 at Golden Ocala, StoneCreek and Ocala Golf Club.

For all the scores see: Tournament Information/Results/MARION MASTERS QUALIFYING SCORES

 

VANDERMOTEN WINS HENRY CAMP INVITATIONAL

Alexandre Vandermoten’s first visit to Ocala Golf Club was one that he thoroughly enjoyed. The Jacksonville University sophomore won the coveted Henry Camp Invitational and did it in fashion. The Frenchman entered the final round tied with Martin Musgrave with both players sitting at 13-under-par. After the first nine holes both players distanced themselves further from the pack as they both shot 2-under-par 34’s and were still tied for the lead. On the inward nine however, Vandermoten finished strong by posting a 5-under-par 31 and a 20-under-par 196, winning the title by five shots. Musgrave finished in second place with a 15-under-par 201 (66-65-70).  Third place went to Colton Godwin with a 204 total on rounds of 67, 69, 68. In a tie for fourth were Christian Anderson and Justin Grant with 11-under-par scores of 205.

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

 

BRANTON, OWEN, ZYLSTRA COME OUT ON TOP IN GEORGE SCALES MEMORIAL

Chad Branton, Daniel Owen and Bill Zylstra were winners in the George Scales Memorial which was played at The Country Club at Silver Spring Shores.

Branton took hold of the lead in the Open Division after the first round by firing a 2-under-70. The Cartersville, GA resident then backed up the 70 with a 4-under-par 68 for a 138 total and a three-shot win. Finishing alone in second place was Justin Grant with a 3-under-par 141 total on rounds of 70-68. Third place went to Christian Anderson with 144 (72-72). Marty Musgrave was fourth with 148 (75-73) and Daniel Atkins was fifth with 73-79.

Owen shot the low round of the day to come from behind and win the Senior Division. Owen fired a 6-under-par 66 which gave him a 141 score and a two shot win over Jeff Morley. Morley shot rounds of 70-73 for 143. Bobby Bryant and William Knapp finished in a tie for third with 147. Bryant shot 73-74 and Knapp shot 77-70. Richard Weber (Tampa) finished fifth with a 147 (76-71).

The Super Division was won by Zylstra as he shot 67-73 for a 4-under-par 140 total. Finishing just two shots off the pace were Leesburg’s Walter Himelsbaugh and Berger Warner with 142s. Himelsbaugh shot 71-71 and Warner shot 70-72. Andy Padova (Hudson) was fourth with 146 (71-75) and Bill Arnington from Chiefland finished fifth with 147 (70-77).

For all the scores see Tournament Information/ Results/FINAL SCORES – GEORGE SCALES MEMORIAL

 

HAAG, FRITZ, KAMIS, SACHS MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL WINNERS

Randy Haag, John Fritz, Jim Kamis and Brian Sachs won their respective divisions in the 14th Annual Moot Thomas Invitational.

Haag came from behind in the final round at the Ocala Golf Club to claim the Senior Division title. Haag (Orinda, CA) shot the low round of the day, a 2-under-par 70 to overtake the leaders and win the title with a 212 score (71-71-70). Finishing in second place was Jerry Slagle (Southlake, TX) with 214 (72-69-72). Third place was claimed by Doug Snoap (Apopka) with 68-72-75 – 215. Fourth place went to Mike Murphy (Oldsman) with 217 (71-72-74).

The Super Division  was won by John Friitz (Mint Hill, NC). Fritz shot an even par 72 to win the division by two shots with a 214 total. Castleberry’s Rob Hess, Robert Parmar (Fairhope, AL) and John Armstrong (Frostberg, MD) tied for second with 216 scores. Hess shot 70-74-72, Parmar posted rounds of 72-71-70 and Armstrong came in with 72-73-71.

Jim Kamis (Marietta, GA) edged Bobby Lundquist (Sanford) for the Legend Division title. Kamis shot 213 (70-70-73)  besting Lunquist (74-66-74 – 214) by one shot. Finishing in a tie for third  at 216 were Berger Warner 69-73-74 and Pete McDade (Lakeland) 68-73-75.

Brian Sachs went wire-to-wire to win the Super Legends Division. Sachs (Newberry) shot rounds of 67-68-75 for a tournament low 6-under-par 210 and a four shot victory margin. Finishing alone in second place was Charlie Busbee (Stockbridge, GA) with 214 (67-74-73). Third place went to Ormond Beach’s Jim Carley with 217 (72-71-74). Finishing in fourth was Steve Wilson (Solana Beach, CA) with a 220 on rounds of 71-76-73.

For the entire field scores see Tournament Information/Results/MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL FINAL RESULTS

FROM THE ROUGH – The field was comprised of 96 golfers from 19 different states. There were many golfers in the field who shot under their age in the tournament but none did it better than Charlie Busbee. The 84-year-old Super Legend player beat his age by 17 shots when he posted an opening round of 67.

 

GODWIN, GOSSE, WARNER COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA INVITATIONAL WINNERS

Colton Godwin, Kelly Goose and Berger Warner won their respective divisions in the Country Club of Ocala Invitational.

Godwin shot a final round 3-under-par i69 to win the Championship Division. Godwin shot a 73 first round giving him a 2-under-par 142 total and a two-shot win over Justin Grant. Grant shot even par 144 for the event. Finishing alone in third place was Drew Ditty with a 145 (75-70).

Crystal River’s Gosse cruised to the Legend Division title by posting the low rounds and scores of the tournament. Gosse shot a 10-under-par 134 on rounds of 66 and 68 and a 7-shot victory. Second place went to Daniel Owen with 3-under-par 141 (71-70). In third place was Arnold Cunningham (Tennessee) with a even-par 144 (70-74).

The Hall of Fame Division was won by Warner when he posted rounds of 75-74. Warner’s 149 total was one better than runner-up Wyatt Meyer (Lutz) who shot 150 (76-74). Walter Himelsbaugh (Leesburg) finished third with 152 (77-75).

For all the scores see Tournament Information/Results/FINAL SCORES – CCO Invitational

OWEN WINS MARION MASTERS SENIORS

The heavy rains finally came down on the Ocala Golf Club but not before a Marion Masters Senior champion was crowned even though it took overtime. Starting out the second round there was a three-way tie for the lead and when the second round was finished two of the three were still tied and headed for a sudden-death playoff,  Daniel Owen and Jeff Morley.  On the first playoff hole Owen hit his second close to the pin and made the birdie putt to claim his second MM Senior title. Both Owen and Morley had identical scores for two days, 70-70 – 4-under-par 140s. Finishing in third place was Dan Ogen who shot the low round of the tournament, a 3-under-par 69 giving him a 3-under-par 141. Bobby Bryant was fourth with a 145 and Dave Falcone was fifth with a 146.

Morley won the Super Senior Division. Mike Arminio with a 151 (76-75) won the Silver Seniors and Paul Miranda with a 158 (83-85) won the Golden Seniors.

For the entire field final scores see Tournament Information/FINAL RESULTS MARION MASTERS SENIORS

For prize list see Marion Masters/MM SENIOR PRIZE ALLOCATIONS

 

RON AUDI – 1938-2021

With very much sadness we announce the passing of one of Marion County Golf Association’s original board members, Ron Audi. After a brief illness Ron left us on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the age of 83.

Ron always had been a contributor and promoter of golf. Before coming to Ocala, Ron was an active member of the Vermont Golf Association where he served as their president in 2000 and 2001. Ron was also on the Florida State Golf Association’s Course Rating team where he was a Certified Course Rating Captain. Ron’s team received national recognition for their work.

Ron was admired both on and off the course by his constituents. As a player his game was ageless and he seemed to get better as he got older. Just a little over a month ago while playing at Ocala Golf Club he shot another round under his age which was no big deal for him as he did it all the time. This round however turned into something special. Ron was 82 years old and he shot a 66, 16 shots under his age.

A few of the titles that Ron won in his career were the Vermont Senior Championship 1994 and 2000, winner of the FSGA Senior 75+ in 2015 and two-time Marion County Super Seniors Champion (2011, 2012).

Ron’s easy/consistent swing and his constant smile are going to be missed by all of those whose life he’s touched.

Ron leaves behind his wife Margaret; daughter, Michelle; sons Anthony, Edward and Christian, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Following links are for the funeral service and virtual calling hours:

Funeral Service, Saturday, 1/30/21 at 12:30PM EST Blessed Trinity Catholic Church – Live Stream https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVyw-cCS4kBm58PXgsn9hzg

Virtual Calling Hours, Sunday, 1/31/21 at 11AM EST Join Zoom Meeting https://rit.zoom.us/j/91529928186 Meeting ID: 915 2992 8186

RON AUDI – 1938-2021

 

BRANTON, OWEN, ELLIOTT MEMORIAL WINNERS

Chad Branton, Daniel Owen and Randy Elliott won their respective divisions in The Memorial at The Country Club of Ocala.

Branton (Georgia) came from behind to capture the Open Division title by shooting a 2-under-par 70 in the last round which gave him an even par 144 score and a two shot win. Finishing in a tie for second at 146 were Jeff Hill (76-70) and Christian Anderson (72-74). Finishing in fourth place was Jackson Raymond with 150 (73-77).

Owen ran away with the Senior Division title by posting a second straight 2-under-par 70 for a 4-under-par 140 score. Finishing in second place was Crystal River’s Kelly Gosse with a 148 total (76-72). In third place was Doug Snoap (Apopka) with a 149 (7-76). Jeff Morley finished alone in fourth place with 150 (76-74).

Orlando’s Elliott won the Super Senior title with a 149 score (71-78). Finishing in second place was Berger Warner with 150 (77-73). Tied for third were Dick McDonough and Randy Brings with 152 scores.

The Junior Division was won by Esteban Knorr with a 162 (84-78). Tied for second were Jasmine Yang and Megan Griggs with 171 scores.

For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/Final Results The Memorial

 

VALVANO/SAKANE, WRIGHT/BRYANT, SCHMIDT/PARMAR WINNERS IN OCALA CUP

The teams of Brandon Valvano/Michael Sakane, Bill Wright/Bobby Bryant and Bob Schmidt/Robert Parmar won their respective divisions in the Ocala Cup

Valvano and Sakane  entered the final round of the event trailing the Open Division leaders (Musgrave/Reed) by one shot after opening with a 10-under-par 62. The Jacksonville University golf teammates shot a final round 11-under-par 61 giving them a 21-under-par 123 and a two shot victory. The low round of the tournament was shot by runners-up Brett Riotto and Troy Vannucci when they fashioned a 13-under-par 59 for a 125 total. Third place went to Marty Musgrave/Rob Reed with 128 total (61-67). There was a four -way tie for fourth place at 133 they were: Daniel Owen/Riley Owen (69-64), Derek Camps/Tory Carli (65-68), Justin Grant/Weston Perrish (68-65) and Dennis McArthur/Matt Johnson.

In the Senior Division Wright/Bryant backed up their opening round 9-under-par 63 with another 63 which gave them a three-shot win over Drew Ditty/Joe Donnelly (64-65 – 129). Finishing third were Mark Kinder and Dough Powell with a 66-65 – 131 total. Fourth place went to Mike Zito/Kyle Allen with a 65-66 – 131 total.

In the Super Senior Division Schmidt/Parmar came from behind to win the title. Schmidt/Parmar shot a final round 64 for a 131 score and a four shot win over second place finishers Berger Warner/Randy Briggs who finished at 135 (69-66). Tied for third place were Denis Monzon/Dick McDonough and Glen Wiggers/Jan Lauden with 137 totals.

For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/RESULTS OCALA CUP.

OPEN CUP CHAMPIONS
Michael Sakane and Brandon Valvano

SENIOR CUP WINNERS
Bill Wright and Bobby Bryant

 

RUSSO/DITTY, TUMLIN/TUMLIN WINNERS IN SENIOR/JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

Ron Russo and Drew Ditty won the 19th Senior/Junior at the Country Club of Ocala.

Russo/Ditty trailed by two shots heading into the last round and fired the low round of the weekend to capture the title. Their 7-under-par 137 (70-67)  bested runners-up Berger Warner/Fred Roberts by three shots (140). Finishing in a tie for third at 142 were Ken Godwin/Jon Houchens  (68-74) and Bobby Bryant/Johnny Tucker (71-71).

In the Net Division brothers  Ronnie and Joe Tumlin (Palatka) went wiire to wire for their win with a 16-under-par 128 score. Gary Stenzel/Jeff Graunke and Byron Hobson/Nic Gilbert finished tied for second with 131’s. Fourth place went to Frank Angelino/Steve Marchingiano with a 135 total.

For all the final scores see Tournament Information/Results/FINAL SCORES SENIOR/JUNIOR.

RON RUSSO AND DREW DITTY
SENIOR/JUNIOR WINNERS