April 10, 2014

Clunan Wins Super-Senior Championship

Sam Clunan prevails in tough conditions to win the title.

The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers hosted the 2014 Super-Senior Championship and over 120 players 65 years of age and older competed. The players found The Forest in near perfect condition, however, the weather was not so perfect. Round 1 was played through windy and rainy conditions and round 2 had more wind than the first round. Luckily, the wind and rain left the area for the final round on Thursday.

Three age divisions competed this week in Fort Myers (65-69, 70-74, and 75 & over). Only the 65-69 division competed on Thursday as Jim Pfrogner and Joe Eubanks won the 70-74 and 75 & over divisions on Wednesday respectively.

In the 65-69 division, Jim Carley took the a three shot lead after the first round with a very impressive, bogey-free 70 (-2). The wind picked up to 20-30 mph for the second round on Wednesday. The low score of the day was a 74 posted by Sam Clunan. Carley shot a 75 to post 145 which put him two strokes ahead of Clunan and seven shots ahead of Hagan Anderson.

The players enjoyed great weather for the final round and a few players took advantage of the good conditions and made up shots on the field. The final group contained the leaders; Jim Carley (145), Sam Clunan (147) and Hagan Anderson (152). Clunan quickly made up the two shot deficit as Carley made bogeys on the 1st and 4th holes. Carley couldn't regain the precision he had in the first two rounds and struggled making seven bogeys and two double bogeys on the day.

Clunan made eight pars and bogey on the front nine to take a two shot lead to the final nine. After a slight stumble on holes 10-12 he steadied himself with a birdie on the 15th and then made pars on the final three holes to secure a five shot victory and his first Super-Senior title.

Sam Clunan, of Tallahassee, shot rounds of 73-74-76--223 to win the championship. Jim Carley, of Ormond Beach, finished in second place with rounds of 70-75-83--228 and Berger Warner, of Ocala, finished in third place with rounds of 78-80-71--229.

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