Four-Ball Teams Win at Santa Lucia
Peter Navaretta and Andy Spears captured the 40-54 age division of the FSGA Winter Series Four-Ball event at the Santa Lucia River Club, in Port Saint Lucie, February 18-19. Marc Rosenbaum and Steve Sponder topped the 55-64 age division as Gary Johnson and Pat Vincelli dominated the field for the 65 and over age division title.
In the 40-54 age division, Peter Navaretta, from Port Saint Lucie, and Andy Spears, of Palm City, recorded a tournament total of two-under par 142, to win the division title by three strokes. Navaretta and Spears fired a one-under par 71 in the first round to trail the leaders by one stroke heading into the final round of play. The pair shot 71 in the final round to secure the title. The teams of James Knight, of Bartow and Jimmy Morris, of Lakeland, and the team from West Palm Beach, Stevenson Clarke and Chris Occhipinti, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of one-over par 145.
It was a two team race in the 55-64 division with Marc Rosenbaum, of Hollywood, and Steve Sponder, from Plantation, prevailing by two shots. The duo posted a three-under par 69 in the first round to find themselves tied with the team of Scott Blasie, of Lake Worth and Tim Cox, of Palm Beach Gardens. Rosenbaum and Sponder pulled away in the final round posting an impressive round of seven-under par 65 to capture the title. Blasie and Cox finished alone in second after their rounds of 69-67.
Gary Johnson, of Eden Prairie, MN, and Pat Vincelli, of Stuart, ran away with the 65 & Over division title posting a tournament total of 15-under par 129. Johnson and Vincelli carded a four-under par 68 in the first round to lead by only three strokes heading. The pair came out firing on Tuesday, with an impressive round of 11-under par 61 to win in dominate fashion. The team from The Villages, Tom Gallagher and Pat Monti finished in second place after their rounds of 71-70.
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.