1989 Florida Open - Palm Beach Polo & CC

Jim Ragland

Miami Herald
July 31, 1989

It's been nine long, frustrating years since Jim Ragland turned professional. During that period, he failed five times to make the PGA Tour and never had won a pro tournament.

But Ragland, 30, shook off his past Sunday and shot a five-under-par 67 to capture the Florida Open with a 12-under 276 total. Ragland earned $10,440 at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club after Ron Terry blew his opportunity to send the tournament into a playoff when he missed a two-foot bogey putt.

"I was going to check for my clubs, because I thought it was going into the playoff," said Ragland, a resident of Jacksonville. "It really surprised me when he missed it. You don't root against other golfers, but when he missed it we (Ragland and his wife) cried."

Terry, winner of the Florida Open in 1984 and the leader through the last 46 holes of the 72-hole tournament, came to the final hole at 13 under, one stroke ahead of Ragland.

"As long as I've been playing, nothing like this has happened to me," said Terry of his final-hole double bogey. "I just pushed the last putt."

Ragland, who had four birdies on the back nine Sunday, was in the clubhouse when Terry hit his tee shot on the 18th into the rough. Terry's approach landed off the green, about 50 feet from the hole. A poor chip left Terry 22 feet from the hole, and three putts left him tied for second with former University of Florida golfer Steve Lamontagne. A two-hour rain delay may have helped Ragland. Before play was halted, Ragland had two birdies on the first 11 holes. But when play resumed, he made three birdies on the final seven holes, including two on putts of 65 and 25 feet.

 Pos.
 Name
Rd. 1
2
3
4
Total
Winnings

1

Jim Ragland, Jacksonville

69

70

70

67

276

$10,440

T2

Steve Lamontagne, Rockledge

68

70

68

71

277

 

T2

Ron Terry, Tampa

68

69

68

72

277

 

T4

Daniel Oschmann, Oldsmar

72

67

69

70

278

 

T4

Marty Stanovich, Tamarac

70

69

69

70

278

 

T4

Jay Townsend, Tequesta

71

67

69

71

278

 

T7

Adrian Stills, Orlando

71

72

67

69

279

 

T7

Dennis Zinkon, Grenelefe

71

68

67

73

279

 

T9

James Weeden, Deerfield Beach

69

70

74

67

280

 

T9

Mark Bucek, Winter Springs

73

69

70

68

280

 

T9

Barney Thompson, Ormond Beach

71

68

70

70

280

 

T9

Chris Brooks, West Palm Beach (a)

71

72

67

70

280


13

Nick Martin, Atlantic Beach (a)

74

67

71

69

281


14

Arthur Weber, Jr., Tampa

69

71

69

73

282

 

T15

Scott Dunlap, Sarasota

71

74

62

76

283

 

T15

Craig Anderson, Bradenton

73

72

69

69

283

 

T15

Larry Gegenhart, Casselberry

69

78

74

70

283

 

T15

Mike Shannon, Boca Raton

71

71

71

70

283

 

T15

Tom Doozan, Apollo Beach

72

72

68

71

283

 

T15

Greg Kraft, Clearwater

75

66

69

73

283

 

T15

Dan Wood, Winter Springs

71

68

71

73

283

 

T15

Brett Upper, Clearwater

68

72

70

73

283

 

16

Mike Anderson, Boca Raton

70

73

73

68

284

626.50

17

Paul Perini, Hollywood

70

72

72

71

285

487

T18

Bruce Fleisher, Miami

73

73

72

68

286

411.90

T18

Kyle Kolls, West Palm Beach

73

73

68

72

286

411.90

20

Jeff Butler, Coral Springs

74

72

71

70

287

327.20

21

John T. Nagle, Boca Raton (a)

77

72

71

68

288


22

Gary Baker, Homestead

74

73

73

70

290

226.33

23

Greg Jerolaman, Boca Raton

75

70

78

68

291

179.80

T24

Dan St. Louis, West Palm Beach

75

73

70

74

292

143

T24

Wes Smith, Cooper City

75

72

75

70

292

143

T26

Randy Mullen, Coral Springs

70

78

75

70

293

132.20

T26

Buddy Goodwin, Boca Raton

75

74

73

71

293

132.20

T26

Dennis Deja, Largo (a)

72

76

73

72

293


T29

Kenny Huff, West Palm Beach

71

76

69

79

295

125.50

T29

Kurt Foley, Delray Beach

71

70

77

77

295

125.50

T31

Joe Sclortino, Boynton Beach

74

74

76

73

297

119

T31

James Sowerwine, West Palm Beach (a)

78

72

76

71

297


33

Marion Heck, Fort Myers

74

76

71

79

300

 

34

B. Impeglia, Boynton Beach

73

75

77

80

305

 

 
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