Bell Wins Mid-Senior Championship
Don Bell posted a 8-under par 208 to capture the Mid-Senior Championship title this weekend at the Members Club at Marco in Naples.
Don Bell, of Port Orange, fired a 3-under par 69 during his first round at Hammock Bay, leaving him tied for fourth place behind John Wegmann, Mike Jackson and Joe Alfieri. During his second round at The Rookery, Bell fired another 3-under par 69 for a two round total of 138, making the cut and securing his third place spot.
Continuing his under par play during the final round, at The Rookery, Bell fired a 2-under par 70, three round total of 8-under par 208, to capture the Mid-Senior Championship title. During Bell's bogey free final round, he sunk two birdie putts on holes 2 and 18 and consistently made pars the rest of his round.
Both courses at the Members Club faced a lot of heavy rain during the days before and during the tournament. Even with the wet conditions Bell prevailed, "Today I played aggressive off the tee because I wanted the shortest irons into the green, and the wet fairways allowed me to be aggressive. The key for me was hitting 17 greens in regulation."
John Wegmann, of Southwest Ranches, who held the lead after rounds one and two, finished tied for second with Thad Hudgens, of Longwood, with a three round total of 7-under par 209.
To be eligible for the Mid-Senior Championship, players must be 40 years of age or older. The Championship consists of 54 holes of stroke play cut to the low 70 plus ties after 36 holes. The first two rounds were played on the Hammock Bay and The Rookery Course with 76 players advancing with a two-round total of 156 and better to the final round on The Rookery.