Red Numbers Win Winter Series
Red numbers claimed first place at the last Four-Ball Winter Series event hosted by Hunters Green Country Club in Tampa. A first round of four under-par 68 sealed the victory for Tampa natives, Kevin Dutkowsky and Paul Royak in the Mid-Amateur Division. The team remained at four under-par, after an even par second round, earning a five stroke win with a 140 total. Finishing in second place was the duo of Charles Alexander, of Wesley Chapel, and Jaime Girardi, of New Port Richey, with consistent rounds of 72-73—145 (+1).
Two impressive rounds from Jimmy Jones and Earl Lanoue gave the team a wire to wire victory in the Senior Division. Jones and Lanoue, both Tampa natives, won by five strokes with a seven under-par total of 137 (69-68). Three teams finished in second place at two under-par 142 including, Jack Hannon/Tom Johnson, Richard Kerper/Mike Walters, and Bill Barnes/ Rokki Rogan. The duo of Hannon and Johnson tied the winning team after round one with a 69 but fell to second place with a day two score of one over-par. Rounds of 75-72 for a three over-par 147 crowned Walter Himelsbaugh and teammate Fred Stones First Flight winners.
An exciting playoff finish named the team of Pete Andrews and Jerry Young Super-Senior Champions. Andrews, of Lithia, and Young, of New Port Richey, tied the team of Jim Stone and Carey Watson after two rounds. The teams both posted rounds of 71-70 over the two days to finish at three under-par 141. The teams went to the tenth hole for a sudden death playoff where Jerry Young carded a birdie to take first place outright with Pete Andrews. Stone, of Bradenton, and Watson, of Plantation, finished in second place followed by the team of Bobby Lundquist/Kim Schwencke in third. A one stroke victory was won in the First Flight by teammates Wayne Sanders and T P Tunstall. The duo carded rounds of 77-78 for a 155 total.
The next Winter Series stop is ChampionsGate Country Club on February 11-12. The series will conclude at Lakewood National Golf Club the last week of February, 26-27.