Damron, Rose & Craig win Winter Series Finale
West Orange Country Club in Winter Garden played host to the final Winter Series Event of the 2013-2014 Season.
In the 40-54 Division, Round 1 saw Lloyd Fisher, of Dade City & Gary Shover, of Parish both jump out to a tie for the lead with 1-over par 72's. Fisher entered the event with the 40-54 Points list locked up with his 3 previous victories, while Shover sat in 2nd on the list with victories at the Sarasota Four-Ball & Orlando Individual Events. Round 2 would see Mike Dameron, of Zephyrhills who started the day 4 strokes back, would catch Shover at 148 total with a second round 72 and force a sudden death play-off. Damron's par on the 2nd playoff hole would be good enough to win. Lloyd Fisher finished alone in 3rd place. By winning the 40-54 Points List Title, Fisher will now be exempt into the 97th Amateur Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club, June 19th-22nd, in Vero Beach.
The 55-64 Age Division, saw a handful of players enter the event with a chance to capture the points title. Round 1 saw Jerry Rose, of Sarasota jump out to a 1 stroke lead with an opening 74. Rose would again post the low round of the day in his division on Tuesday with an even-par 71 for 145 total and a 3 stroke victory over the trio of Owen Joyner, of Naples, Dennis Brady, of Melbourne, and Howard Logan, Naples. The top 20 players from the 40-54 Points List earn exemptions into the 53rd Senior Amateur Championship at Vero Beach Country Club, April 15th-17th, in Vero Beach. With this victory Jerry Rose passed John Vaccaro for the 55-64 Points List Title, earning him an exemption into this falls Mid-Amateur Championship at The Loxahatchee Club, October 9th-12th, in Jupiter and the 54th Senior Amateur Championship in 2015.
Edward Craig, of Orlando shot rounds of 73-72--145 en route to an 8 stroke victory in the 65 & Over Age Division. Tom Austin, of Lake Wales secued his 3rd consecutive 65 & Over Points List Title. Austin earns an exemption into the 53rd Senior Amateur Championship at Vero Beach Country Club, April 15th-17th, in Vero Beach.
Click here for the Final Winter Series Points List.
Click here for Full Results from the Winter Garden Individual Winter Series Event
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.