MARION COUNTY GOLFER JUSTIN GRANT MEDALIST AT US OPEN QUALIFIER
Marion County’s own Justin Grant recently advanced through US Open local qualifying after a blistering round of 8-under 64 at Lake Jovita’s South Course in Dade City. Grant’s round included a hole-in-one on the par 3 seventh hole, followed by eagles on the par 5 ninth and eleventh holes.
Grant’s round left him as the medalist for the day, edging PGA Tour Canada’s WeiHsuan Wang and Korn Ferry Tour player Jack Maguire by one. In total, 5 of 78 players advanced with Purdue signee Benjamin Cai and Chase Koepka, brother of four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, rounding out the qualifiers.
The final qualifier will be held at The Club at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter on June 6th. We wish Justin the best of luck!
COULTAS CLAIMS CAMP TITLE AT OCALA GOLF CLUB
John Coultas had a two-shot lead heading into the final of the 70th Henry Camp Invitational and held on to win the coveted trophy and winner’s jacket. Coultas’ (Jacksonville) 9-under-par 207 total (65-65-73) was good enough to edge Justin Grant and Thomas Salanito by two shots. Grant shot 72-65-72 and Salanito shot 66-70-73 for their 7-under-par 209 totals. Finishing in fourth place was Marty Musgrave with a 210 score on rounds of 69-73-68.
For all the championship scores and flighted division scores see Tournament Information/Results/FINAL SCORES – HENRY CAMP INVITATIONAL.
SECOND ROUND LEADERS, SNOAP, ARMSTRONG, McDADE, CARLEY WINNERS IN MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL
The 15th Annual Moot Thomas Invitational ended on a very beautiful day at the Ocala Golf Club, especially for the second-round leaders. All the second-round leaders walked away with the top prize in their division. Doug Snoap won the Senior title, John Armstrong won the Super Senior Division, Pete McDade won the Legends Division and Jim Carley won the Super Legends Division.
Snoap (Apopka) shot a final round 1-under-par 71 to win the Senior title. Snoap’s 207 total was two shots better than Rusty Strawn who posted a 209 total. Finishing alone in third place was Ken Kinkopf from Jupiter with a 5-under-par 211 score. Tied for fourth were Douglas Jones (Bradenton) and Brian Keenan (Tampa) with 3-under-par 213 totals.
Armstrong (MD) shot an 8-under-par 208 three-day total and a three-shot win in the Super Senior Division. Finishing tied for second were Marc Fried (GA) and Andy Padova (Hudson) with 5-under-par 211 scores. Tim Vigotsky (Palm City) finished alone in fourth place with a 1-under-par 215.
McDade (Tampa) finished with a 5-under-par 211 score to win the Legends Division by three shots. Finishing second was David Crocker (SC) with a 3-under-par 213. There was a three-way tie for third place with even-par 216 totals. They were Joe Branconi (Lakewood Ranch), Phil Pavoni (GA) and Berger Warner (Ocala).
Carley was a wire-to-wire leader/winner in the Super Legends Division and easily won the title. Carley posted an 11-under-par 205 score which was six shots clear of runner-up Jim Pfrogner (Sarasota) who finished at 5-under-par 211. Finishing third was Brian Sachs (Newberry) at 1-under-par 215 and fourth was Bill Engel (St. Augustine) with an even par 216.
CHIP SHOTS – This national event drew players from 15 different states, one from Canada and one from England. This was the largest field to play the event (100). This was the first time that a father/son played at the same time in the tournament – Ron Russo and Ron Russo Jr. Horses for courses – this was the third time Snoap has won the Senior Division, it’s the fourth title for Carley (3 Legends and one Super Legends).
For the entire field final scores see: Tournament Information/Results/FINAL RESULTS – MOOT THOMAS INVITATIONAL
VANNUCCI, OWEN, HUMPHREY WINNERS AT CCO INVITATIONAL
After a perfect golf weekend full of low scores, Troy Vannucci, Daniel Owen, and Steve Humphrey won their respective divisions at the Country Club of Ocala Men’s Invitational.
In the Open Division, Vannucci entered Sunday with a five-stroke lead after opening with 66. The New Jersey native posted a second-round 74 and 140 total, good for a three-stroke victory and Vannucci’s second win in three years at the Invitational. In second place was Richard Francis after rounds of 71-72, followed by Steve Kline (74-74) in third.
Daniel Owen followed a first round 66 with a three-under 69 to run away with the Senior Division title. This is Owen’s second win at the Country Club of Ocala this season, following a victory at the Memorial in January. In second place was Kenny Godwin (68-77), followed by Peter Guillette (75-72) and Tom Murphy (73-75).
In the Super Senior Division, Steve Humphrey followed his first round 71 with an even par performance on Sunday for a 143 total and a two-stroke margin over first round leader Berger Warner (70-75). In third place was Walter Himelsbaugh (79-68), followed by Kevin Macy (72-76).
For full scores, please see Tournament Information / Results.
OWEN WINS MARION MASTERS SENIOR
Daniel Owen won the 23rd Marion Masters Senior Championship at the Ocala Golf Cub. Owen shot a 9-under-par 135 for the 2- day event on rounds of 68-67. Owen’s 135 total was four shots clear of runner-up Brent Dorman who was also under par with a 139 total (69-70). Finishing in third place was Ian Clark with a 141 score (73-68). Also finishing the tournament under par and tied for fourth with 142 totals were Steve Humphrey (71-71) and Scott Goldbach (73-69).
CHIP SHOTS – This is a back-to-back win for Owen …. he won the opening event of the year – The Memorial. Owen was the defending MM Senior champion and this makes the third time he’s won the title in the last four years.
For final results of the entire field see: Tournament Information/Results/FINAL RESULTS – MARION MASTERS SENIOR
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.