Final Winter Series Champs Crowned
The Clearwater Individual Winter Series event completed the 2015-2016 Winter Series season just in time for the warmer weather. Good course conditions at Feather Sound Country Club mixed with temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s made for two days of great competition, February 29-March 1. The season long point’s list winners were awarded along with three Champions!
Excitement came from the 65 and Over Division in round one when Kim Schwencke aced the eighth hole, his 14th hole-in-one, to fire an impressive one-under par 71. Schwencke, of Tampa deservingly captured the round one lead by two strokes over Jerry Young and Carey Watson who both tied for second place. In the 55-64 Division, Kevin Macy, of Tampa, posted a steady even par round (72) to take the early lead after round one. John Vaccaro and Pete DeLongchamp tied for second place with a round of two-over par 74. Baldonick Fernandez Sr. and David Garratt tied for the lead after round one in the 40-54 Division with a six-over par 78.
Round two resulted in another spectacular round from Kim Schwencke resulting in a victory in the 65 and Over Division. Schwencke carded an even par 72 for a tournament total one-under par 143 and a three stroke win. Plantation resident, Carey Watson claimed second place with another consistent 73 in round two and a 146 tournament total. Kevin Macy never let first place out of sight by shooting a round two score of 75 en route to a one stroke victory in the 55-64 Division. Rokki Rogan, of Fort Myers chased Macy in the second round posting an even par 72, but finished one stroke behind in second place with a 148 tournament total. Consistency earned David Garratt, of Saint Augustine a seven stroke win in the 40-54 Division. Garratt fired a second 78, tournament total 156, as Fernandez struggled to a second place finish.
Throughout the winter series, a points list is maintained that, after the last event of the season, determines which competitor wins their age division. David Garratt (635 points) was awarded the Mid-Senior (40-54) age division champion and is now exempt into the 2016 Amateur Championship held at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers. The Senior (55-64) age division Champion, Rokki Rogan (463 points), earned an exemption into the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto as well as the Senior Amateur Championship. Coming off a great win, Kim Schwencke earned 498 points to be named Champion of the 65 and over age division. He will be exempt for the 2016 Senior Amateur Championship being held at Adena Country Club in Ocala.