1987 Florida Open - Innisbrook Golf Resort

Bruce Fleisher

St. Petersburg Times
July 28, 1987

When play was suspended for more than an hour because of lightning Sunday, Bruce Fleisher looked troubled. And it had nothing to do with the threatening weather.

Fleisher was creating some thunder of his own, birdying three holes on the front nine in the final round of the Florida Open to catch tournament leader Steve Lowery. Despite the dangers, Fleisher didn't want to quit. He had too much momentum.

And when he finally returned to the Island course at Innisbrook, there was plenty of spark left in Fleisher's game. He went on to shoot a 6-under-par 66 to tie a course record and win the tournament by five shots.

"I don't play a lot of competitive golf anymore," said Fleisher, a former PGA Tour pro who is now the director of golf at the West View Golf Club in Miami. "I was not comfortable. I was comfortable with a four-shot lead, but you really have to play a lot of golf. Experience is important."

"When the day began, I really didn't think I could catch him (Lowery). He played so well yesterday and was hitting the ball well. But he didn't get it going today."

Fleisher's winning four-day total was 277, 10 under par, and was worth $8,000. Clearwater's Greg Kraft and Orlando's Lowery finished at 5-under 282. Both made $4,237.50,

Lakeland's Lee Janzen and Jay Overton, the director of golf at Innisbrook, were another shot back at 283. First-round leader Jeff Grygiel was at 286 and second-round leader Karl Kimball was at 288.

Fleisher, 38, made an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys for his 66. He missed a 2-foot par putt on the 18th hole that would have given him the course record. It was the eagle at the par 5 11th hole that sent him on his way.

"It really pumped me up," said Fleisher, who also won the Florida Open in 1980 and had a distinguished amateur career before playing on tour for 13 years. "I think No. 11 was the big turning point. I eagled and he (Lowery) parred."

Fleisher left the tour in 1983 for his club pro job in Miami but has continued to do well in the Florida Open. He tied for second last year and finished in the top 10 in 1985. He was one of only 12 club pros to make the cut this year.

Lowery began the day with a three-shot lead over Fleisher but could not sustain it. He birdied two holes on the front nine and also bogeyed two. When Fleisher eagled the 11th hole and Lowery couldn't convert a good birdie opportunity at No. 13, his chances evaporated.

"I actually played pretty close to my game plan. I just didn't make any putts," said Lowery, who had a 74 Sunday. "I got off to a good start. I just didn't make any putts later in the round."

Kraft began the round four shots behind Lowery and quickly fell six back with a birdie on No. 2. But he made three more birdies for a final-round 70 and lipped a 4-foot birdie putt at No. 18 that would have given him sole possession of second place.

"There was no catching Bruce," said Kraft, who was the only player to break par in all four rounds. "He was always in the fairway and he didn't miss any greens. By the time he got in any trouble, it was too late."

Pos.
Name
Rd. 1
2
3
4
Total

1

Bruce Fleisher, Miami

70

71

70

66

277

T2

Greg Kraft, Clearwater

70

71

71

70

282

T2

Steve Lowery, Orlando

70

71

67

74

282

T4

Lee Janzen, Lakeland

70

70

72

71

283

T4

Jay Overton, Tarpon

72

71

69

71

283

T6

Andy Franks, Winter Haven

74

72

71

68

285

T6

Charlie Bowles, Orlando

71

73

71

70

285

T8

Jeff Grygiel, Orlando

68

73

76

69

286

T8

Mark Bucek, Winter Springs

73

71

72

70

286

T10

Thomas Cleaver, Tampa

74

70

74

69

287

T10

Gary Koch, Tampa

72

76

70

69

287

T10

Jay Townsend, Tequesta

72

74

68

73

287

T13

Carl Kalinke

74

75

69

70

288

T13

Bill Buttner

72

78

69

69

288

T13

John Huston

74

76

70

68

288

T13

Richard Woodson

71

75

71

71

288

T13

Mike West

75

70

71

72

288

T13

Karl Kimball

69

68

75

76

288

T19

Hunt Gilliland

73

75

70

71

289

T19

Dan Browne

76

72

71

70

289

T19

Dan Wood

77

71

71

70

289

T19

Brad Bryant

75

76

69

69

289

T19

Steve Hart

72

74

71

72

289

T19

Mark Gurnow

71

72

73

73

289

T19

Billy Tuten

74

74

68

73

289

T19

Jay Lumpkin

72

75

70

72

289

T19

Marco Dawson

71

68

74

74

289

T28

Richard Cromwell

74

72

68

75

290

T28

Greg Fletscher

71

74

73

72

290

T28

Bill Belk

72

72

74

72

290

T28

Keith Kulzer

75

72

72

71

290

T28

Randy Mullen

75

73

71

71

290

T28

Bob Royak

71

75

73

71

290

T28

Kim Young

73

72

74

71

290

T28

Mitch Adcock

74

73

73

70

290

T28

Tom Doozan

74

69

74

73

290

T28

John Morse

72

74

71

73

290

T28

Roger Kennedy

73

75

75

67

290

T28

Warren Jurkowitz

71

68

76

75

290

T40

Randy Maris

73

76

70

72

291

T40

Dean Hiers

72

76

74

69

291

T40

Ken Postlewalt, Jr.

74

75

72

70

291

T40

Hugh O'Neill

71

72

71

77

291

T40

Gary Wintz

76

71

68

76

291

T45

Bill Kennedy

76

75

67

74

292

T45

Jim Dent

70

74

73

75

292

T45

Ken Mattface

72

70

78

72

292

T45

Vito Seputo

76

72

72

72

292

T49

Barry Cheesmon

80

71

70

72

293

T49

Rick Stallings

73

77

71

72

293

T51

Christian DeMarco

71

74

68

76

294

T51

Lee Rinker

74

72

71

77

294

T51

Bill Sellers

72

78

74

70

294

T51

Steven Lamontagne

73

74

74

73

294

T55

Jeffrey Butler

69

80

72

74

295

T55

Lew Smither

71

74

75

75

295

T55

John Restino

75

73

73

74

295

T58

Stan Cooke

73

78

68

77

296

T58

Scott Halle

73

76

73

74

296

T58

Tim Graham

73

71

77

75

296

T58

David Banks

75

74

72

75

296

T62

Chuck Kletcke

74

73

79

79

297

T62

A. J. Weber

75

75

77

70

297

T62

Chip Hall

72

73

74

78

297

T62

Roger Rowland

74

77

74

72

297

T66

Mike Dopslaff

74

77

77

70

298

T66

James Weeden

78

73

77

70

298

T66

Lee Booker

74

74

75

73

298

T66

Martin Stanovich

72

76

76

74

298

T66

Alan Howell

79

79

78

74

298

T66

J. C. Goosie

72

76

75

75

298

T66

Larry Blanchard

77

72

74

75

298

T66

Rick Schuller

73

74

75

76

298

T74

John Bauer

73

77

77

72

299

T74

Tommy Tolles

76

74

78

71

299

T74

Bobby Benson

80

78

77

75

299

T74

Greg Cerulli

74

74

75

76

299

78

Michael Domalske

80

70

76

74

300

T79

Dean Prowse

74

76

77

74

301

T79

Paul Perini

74

73

75

79

301

T81

Bill Adams

75

76

78

73

302

T81

John Finster

73

75

76

78

302

T83

Scott Knights

72

79

77

75

303

T83

Donnie Green

74

73

78

78

303

T85

Phillip Carnsvale

73

73

83

75

304

T85

Robbie Gilmore, Jr.

75

75

75

79

304

87

Drue Johnson

75

76

76

78

307

T88

Doug LaCrosse

77

74

77

80

308

T88

Dennis Postlewalt

77

73

80

78

308

90

Mike Mangiaracina

76

74

80

83

313

 

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