1988 Florida Open - Innisbrook Golf Resort

Bart Bryant

Expectant Dad Bryant Captures Florida Open

St. Petersburg Times
August 1, 1988

Bart Bryant thinks his wife will deliver a son. And if the boy is like his father, he'll enter the world with a cool head, taking his slap on the behind in stride and moving on the better things.

Bryant, 25, was unflappable Sunday in the Florida Open final round at the Innisbrook Resort. He won the Open by two strokes, overcoming early trouble, solid competition and the distraction of his wife Candy sitting home in Orlando, 11 days overdue with their first child.

"This is going to come in handy," said Bryant, holding on to the $7,500 first-place check. He shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday for a 13-under 274 total. Nolan Henke of Fort Myers finished second at 276.

Starting the final round, Bryant led Henke by two strokes, and PGA Tour player John Huston by five. On the par-5 second hole, Bryant's second shot, a 4-wood, splashed into the lake. He took a bogey. Henke parred and Huston birdied the hole. "I was feeling plenty of pressure," Bryant said. "John Huston moved within three strokes and Nolan was within one. But..."

Bryant then birdied the next three holes. "It was my week," he said after finishing his fourth straight sub-par round. On the No. 4 hole, Henke watched his 40-foot birdie putt disappear into the cup. But Bryant followed with a 20-footer for birdie. "He played so strong, it never seemed there was a chance to pass him," said Henke. "I was making birdies just to keep up with him."

Huston could not keep up up with the twosome. "Missed two or three short putts early and then I three-putted No. 7," said Huston, who shot a 70 and finished tied for sixth overall. Entering the back nine, Bryant still led Henke by two. At the 11th hole, both birdied. At No. 15, both birdied. At the 435-yard par-4 No. 16, Henke birdied with a 10-foot putt. Bryant lined up his 9-foot putt for birdie and drilled it. "That really did it for me," said Bryant, who still faced a challenge on No. 18. The last hole, a 348-yard par 4 featuring a 90-degree turn, requires a straight tee shot, a cautious approach near water, and imaginative putting on a tricky green. Bryant's tee-shot, using a 2-iron went straight but into a divot. his approach landed in the rough, 40 yards short of the pin. Henke's approach kissed the green, 15 feet past the hole.

A bogey by Brant and birdie by Henke would send the tournament into sudden death. Henke didn't count on it. "He'd been playing so well," Henke said. "I figured he'd get out of it with a four." But when Bryant's chip was still 20 feet short of the hole, the playoff possibility grew stronger. Bryant planned to two-putt and put pressure on Henke. He stroked it and with little break, it crept to the hole and dropped for par, and the Open title. "I wasn't trying to make it," Bryant said. "I just hit it dead perfect. It was a fitting end because my putter carried me all week." Henke missed his now-meaningless birdie putt. He still "felt very good" about shooting a 67 under the gun of a final-round face-to-face match.

Two 67s were not what Bryant had planned on. "He (Henke) played a great round," Bryant said. "I figured I could shoot even-par and win it." If Bryant had shot even par, he would have tied Steve Lamontagne of Satellite Beach. Lamontagne shot a 65, one off the course record, to finish third at 8-under 279. Jay Overton, director of golf at Innisbrook, was the highest Tampa Bay finisher, repeating his 1987 fourth-place finish (at 280). His fellow local pro, Steve Schaff of Bloomingdale Golfers Club in Brandon, shot a 75 Sunday to move back to a tie for 18th. Tying Schaff was Clearwater's Greg Kraft, a first-round leader who knocked himself out of it was an 80 Friday. Kraft bounced back with a 71 Saturday and 68 Sunday.

 Pos.
 Name
Rd. 1
2
3
4
Total
Winnings

1

Bart Bryant, Orlando

70

69

68

67

274

$7,500

2

Nolan Henke, Fort Meyers

72

70

67

67

276

4,000

3

Steve Lamontagne, Satellite Beach

71

71

72

65

279

3,000

4

Jay Overton, Tarpon Springs

73

71

68

68

280

2,000

5

Tom Garner

75

69

71

66

281

1,823

T6

Lee Janzen, Lakeland

71

72

72

67

282

1,527

T6

David Jackson, Jacksonville

71

70

71

70

282

1,527

T6

John Huston, Palm Harbor

69

76

67

70

282

1,527

T9

Jay Townsend, Tequesta

73

70

72

68

283

1,276

T9

Tom Doozan, Apollo Beach

70

75

69

69

283

1,276

11

Tom Cleaver, Boca Raton

72

71

71

70

284

1,139

T12

Eric Smith

73

75

69

68

285

893

T12

Mike Domalske

70

76

70

69

285

893

T12

Bill Murchison, Orlando

73

69

74

69

285

893

T12

Bruce Fleisher

72

72

71

70

285

893

T12

Gene Jones, Apopka

73

71

68

73

285

893

17

Mike West, Orlando

69

71

76

70

286

729

T18

Greg Kraft

68

80

71

68

287

595

T18

Dean Hiers, Lake Wales

72

71

74

70

287

595

T18

Ron McCann, Orlando

72

71

72

72

287

595

T18

Dan Wood, Winter Springs

72

75

67

73

287

595

T18

Scott Dunlap, Sarasota

72

73

69

73

287

595

T18

Steve Schaff, Brandon

76

67

71

75

287

595

T24

Jeff Lewis

79

72

70

67

288

466

T24

Ron Terry

73

72

72

71

288

466

T24

A.J. Weber

70

74

73

71

288

466

T24

Marco Dawson

74

70

72

72

288

466

T24

Nick Martin (a), Atlantic Beach

77

66

69

79

288

0

T29

David Banks, Haines City

74

68

73

74

289

405

T29

Vito Seputo, Tampa

74

69

70

76

289

405

T31

Jimmy Gleason

76

74

71

69

290

380

T31

Ed Sabo

76

69

71

74

290

380

T31

James Weeden

75

69

72

74

290

380

T34

Guy Boros

77

72

70

72

291

355

T34

Roger Kennedy

71

74

74

72

291

355

36

Charlie Bowles

73

71

71

77

292

340

37

Warren Jurkowitz

74

74

69

76

293

330

T38

Stan Cooke

78

74

74

68

294

291

T38

Jeff Grygiel

71

78

75

70

294

291

T38

Willaim Neel

76

75

72

71

294

291

T38

John Bauer

74

72

74

74

294

291

T38

Bill Kennedy

70

75

72

77

294

291

T43

Mike Mangiaracina

74

72

78

71

295

185

T43

Rick Gomes

76

74

73

72

295

185

T43

Scott Holden

78

73

71

73

295

185

T43

Gary Stickl (a)

75

74

72

74

295

0

T43

Doug LaCrosse (a)

77

71

72

75

295

0

T43

Mark Bucek, Winter Springs

72

71

76

76

295

185

T49

Rick McCord

76

73

75

72

296

135

T49

Robbie Gilmore

73

74

76

73

296

135

T49

Jim Smith

75

77

70

74

296

135

T49

John Morse

69

79

73

75

296

135

T49

Barney Thompson

72

73

76

75

296

135

T49

Ron Reese

68

76

75

77

296

135

T55

Bill Belk

77

74

73

73

297

122

T55

Greg Cerulli

74

74

74

75

297

122

T57

Will Frantz

76

74

78

70

298

112

T57

David Beck (a)

80

71

74

73

298

0

T57

Brian Fogt

71

74

75

78

298

112

T57

Glenn Gabriel

78

71

74

75

298

112

T57

Tom Hearn

72

75

75

76

298

112

T57

Lew Smither

71

75

76

76

298

112

T57

Jay Kenned

74

73

75

76

298

112

T64

Jon Benson

78

74

75

72

299

34

T64

Jeff Stephens

74

77

75

73

299

34

T64

Drue Johnson

71

74

79

75

299

34

T64

Fred Griffin

71

81

75

72

299

34

T64

Rickey Darden

80

69

77

73

299

34

T64

Ric Nalyd

80

71

75

73

299

34

T70

Paul Enright

72

75

75

78

300

 

T70

Jeff Clark

76

76

74

76

300

 

T72

Charles Alaimo

72

76

76

77

301

 

T72

Ben Morrison

74

77

75

75

301

 

T72

Todd McCorkle

77

74

78

72

301

 

T72

Chris Webb

75

74

77

75

301

 

T76

Mitch Adcock

75

77

76

76

302

 

T76

Peter Morgan

76

73

78

75

302

 

T78

James Gilleon

73

76

74

80

303

 

T78

Stephen Reid

75

75

75

78

303

 

T78

Damon Green

74

76

80

73

303

 

T78

Daniel Oschmann

77

71

79

76

303

 

T78

Jim Raglund

72

76

78

77

303

 

T78

Matthew Mitchell

76

75

75

77

303

 

T84

Paul Pratico

74

76

74

80

304

 

T84

Todd Mudge (a)

79

73

75

77

304

 

T86

Rolf Deming

75

73

77

80

305

 

T86

Billy Tuton

75

76

75

79

305

 

T88

Jim Karr

73

79

77

77

306

 

T88

Greg Bass

71

78

80

77

306

 

T88

Rick Jarmon

74

78

76

78

306

 

91

Waldon Ballagh

76

76

76

79

307

 

92

Jimmy Stobs (a)

79

73

77

81

310

 

93

Tim Watson

72

74

84

81

311

 

 
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