BRANTON, OWEN, ZYLSTRA COME 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
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.
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.