First Winter Series in the Books
Peter Navaretta captured the first Winter Series event of the 2012-2013 season run by the Florida State Golf Association at the Indian River Club in Vero Beach, November 26-27. He was joined in the winner’s circle by Bruce Scamehorn and Pat Vincelli, who won the Senior and Super Senior divisions respectively.
Peter Navaretta, of Port Saint Lucie, (pictured middle) erased a four stroke deficit in the Regular Division to prevail by one stroke. In the first round Navaretta posted a five-over par round of 77, to trail the first round leader, James Weick. Navaretta provided the low round of the tournament in his division on Thursday posting an even par round of 72, to leap frog the field for his victory. Keith Nagy, of Jacksonville Beach, finished in second place after posting rounds of 74-76. Raymond Vigeant, of Melbourne, took home third place honors with a tournament total of 153.
Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, (pictured far right) posted a tournament total of even par 144 to win the Senior Division. After a first round of two-over par 74, Scamehorn would trail by three shots heading into the final round of play. Scamehorn posted a final round of two-under par 70 to win by two strokes. The first round leader, Kary Kaltenbacher, of Englewood, and John Vaccaro, of Sarasota, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of two-over par 146. Past Winter Series points champion, Samuel Martinez, of Miami, grabbed fourth place honors.
Pat Vincelli, of Stuart,(pictured far left) posted a tournament total of four-over par 148, to capture the Super Senior Division by two strokes. Vincelli carded a three-over par round of 75 in the first round and finished strong with a final round of 73 to earn the victory. Tom Austin, of Lake Wales, and Ken Couturier, of Melbourne, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of 150.
The Winter Series events include seven competitions, six individual events and one four-ball event. There are three age divisions, Mid-Senior (40-54), Senior (55-64) and Super Senior (65 & over). The Winter Series is a great opportunity for golfers to compete in competitive events that normally may not because they do not live in Florida year round.