1990 Florida Open - Palm Beach Polo & CC

Dudley Hart

Hard-luck Hart Takes Florida Open In Playoff

Miami Herald
July 30, 1990

Dudley Hart didn't win a tournament the past four years as a golfer for the University of Florida. He finished second and third enough times to begin reminding himself of the PGA Tour's tough-luck boy Payne Stewart.

So when he showed up at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club Sunday for the final round of the $65,000 Cadillac Florida Open, Hart didn't know what to expect. Hart, who began the day two strokes behind leaders Jay Townsend and Dennis Postlewait, thought he had a shot to win his first tournament as a professional. But a bogey at No. 5 left him five shots back and Hart prepared for another top-five finish.

Then Hart's putter came to life and he birdied six of the final 10 holes to tie Townsend at 12-uner-par 276 at the end of regulation on the ther-72, 7,050-yard course. And when Townsend missed a nine-footer for par on the first playoff hole, Hart became the surprise owner of the $10,663 winner's check.

"You keep thinking about when a victory is going to come," said Hart, 21, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and attended Miami's Curley High. "But I came here to win, not just play decent in my first pro tournament."

That's why he was angry at himself when he walked to the ninth tee Sunday trailing Townsend by five. Hart didn't feel in control of his game. At the eighth hole, he knocked a 5-iron left of the green and forced himself to sink an eight-footer for par to simply keep from falling further off the pace.

"I was really struggling," said Hart, who was an NCAA All-American after finishing 12th in last year's NCAA Championships. "I didn't know where I was hitting it. I just didn't have it."

It had become clear to him that Townsend and Postlewait, who took turns holding the lead, weren't going to retreat. That thinking turned out to be sound. Townsend ended up with a round of 69 and didn't make bogey until the playoff hole when he pulled an 8-iron and had to chip from a lie up against the greenside rough. Postlewait was playing steadily in a round of 72, which would give him third.

So Hart did the only thing he could in such a gloomy situation. He started swinging for flagsticks.

He birdied the ninth hole after knocking a wedge to 20 feet. Then he chipped to three feet at the par-five 11th and calmly stroked that putt in for birdie.

The key to his charge came at the par-three 13th, where he had a 228-yard shot into the wind. He pulled a 1-iron from his bag, then reconsidered. Hart settled on a 3-wood and hit it to 10 feet. When he made that birdied and trailed by only two, Hart realized he was back in the running.

"It wasn't all that easy anymore," he said. "You feel like you're one of the leaders, which is a lot different than being five back. But you know what, I'd rather be in that position. There's no guarantee you're going to make all those birdies."

It took three more to get Hart even with Townsend. He knocked a wedge to 20 feet and made the putt at No. 16. At the par-five 17th, he hit his third shot from a greenside bunker to four feet for another birdie. Then on the final hole, he made birdie from six feet after a purely stroked 8-iron. "He made an awful lot of putts," said Townsend, who needed a 12-footer for par at the final hole to make the playoff. "When you make putts like that, you're going to beat a guy who is just hitting greens and making pars."

 Pos.
Name
Rd. 1
2
3
4
Total

T1

Dudley Hart, Fort Lauderdale

69

70

70

67

276

T1

Jay Townsend, Tequesta

69

70

69

69

276

3

Dennis Postlewait, Winter Springs

70

68

69

72

279

4

Bart Bryant, Winter Garden

69

71

69

71

280

T5

S. Rachels, D'Fnk Springs

72

71

69

69

281

T5

Skip Kendall, Orlando

70

71

71

69

281

T5

Dan Wood, Winter Springs

71

71

69

70

281

T5

Gus Holbrook, Orlando

71

70

70

70

281

T5

Dean Hiers, Bartow

69

70

70

72

281

T10

Bill Belk, Lakeland

71

72

70

69

282

T10

Mark Bucek, Winter Springs

70

72

70

70

282

T10

Ron Terry, Tampa

74

66

72

70

282

T13

Eric Brito, Lakeland

71

71

71

70

283

T13

Glenn Gabriel, Spring Hill

66

76

67

72

283

T13

Bruce Fleisher, N. Miami

69

71

71

72

283

T16

Jeff Clark, Deerfield Beach

72

67

78

67

284

T16

Christopher Brooks, West Palm Beach

66

75

74

69

284

T18

Greg Kraft, Clearwater

70

72

77

66

285

T18

Tom Cleaver, Boca Ration

75

71

70

69

285

T18

Jim Ragland, Jacksonville

71

71

72

71

285

T18

Rick Nichols, Ft. Myers

70

71

71

73

285

T22

Randy Mullen, Coral Springs

69

74

73

70

286

T22

Rick Gomez, Tequesta

70

72

74

70

286

T22

Bob Carson, Titusville

72

69

74

71

286

T25

Antonio Cerda, Titusville

73

71

75

68

287

T25

Jeff Butler, Coral Springs

73

73

72

69

287

T25

Adrian Stills, Orlando

76

71

71

69

287

T25

Mark Turlington, Tampa

69

74

73

71

287

T25

Michael Brisky, Orlando

69

73

74

71

287

T25

Fred Griffin, Winter Park

71

73

68

75

287

T31

John Meade, DeBary

74

74

71

69

288

T31

Barney Thompson, Ormond Beach

74

71

73

70

288

T31

Dennis Zinkon, Haines City

75

71

69

73

288

T34

Drue Johnson, Tarpon Woods

73

71

75

70

289

T34

Tim Krapfel, Orlando

73

72

72

72

289

T34

Mark Leetzow, Sarasota (a)

70

73

74

72

289

T34

R. Kennedy, Pompano

73

72

71

73

289

T34

Ron Philo, Ponte Vedra

71

69

72

77

289

T39

Bill Murchison, Orlando

76

71

73

68

290

T39

Brien Paquette, Vero Beach

69

78

74

69

290

T39

Jay Kennedy, Maitland

73

73

73

71

290

T39

David Smith, Longwood (a)

74

72

73

71

290

T39

Jay Cooper, Longwood

66

77

73

72

290

T39

Martin Stanovich, Tamarac

74

72

71

73

290

T39

John Restino, Palm Beach Gardens

71

75

71

73

290

T39

John Nagel, Lake Worth (a)

72

72

70

76

290

T39

Paul Perini, Hollywood

71

72

70

77

290

T48

Scott Behl, Lakeland

73

73

74

71

291

T48

A.J. Duncan, Naples

72

77

71

71

291

T48

Todd McCorkle, Orlando

72

74

74

71

291

T51

Victor Leoni, North Miami Beach

72

76

72

72

292

T51

Chris Campbell, Vero Beach

75

74

71

72

292

T51

Wally Kucher, Apopka

72

73

74

73

292

T51

Arthur Weber, Englewood

70

76

73

73

292

T51

Scott Pleis, Sarasota

73

70

73

76

292

T56

Blake Mustain II, Boca Ration

74

72

74

73

293

T56

Kyle Coles, West Palm Beach

78

69

73

73

293

T56

David Seeman Jr., Orlando

75

70

74

74

293

T56

Michael Anderson, Boca Ration

70

75

72

76

293

T56

Mike Wright, Sarasota

72

75

69

77

293

T61

Greg Crak, Palm Beach Gardens (a)

73

73

78

70

294

T61

John Pettit, Winter Springs (a)

75

73

76

70

294

T61

Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale (a)

75

72

75

72

294

T61

Steve Minelli, Orlando

71

76

72

75

294

T61

Rick Hendershot, Longwood

71

74

74

75

294

T61

Brian Peaper, Jupiter

73

72

71

78

294

T61

Ronnie Springer, West Palm Beach

74

69

73

68

294

T68

Jay Murray, Boca Raton

71

77

74

73

295

T68

Donnie Totten, Bradenton Beach

75

71

75

74

295

T68

Dan St. Louis, West Palm Beach

71

75

74

75

295

T71

Hunt Gilliland, Tequesta

74

72

77

73

296

T71

John Adcock, Valrico (a)

75

74

72

75

296

T73

Gary Baker, Homestead

73

76

77

71

297

T73

M. McBroom, Ft. Myers

72

73

78

74

297

T73

Will Neel, Orlando

72

75

76

74

297

T73

Will Frantz, Sarasota

70

75

77

75

297

T73

W. Mitchell, Ormond Beach

72

74

72

79

297

T78

C. Hehman, Orlando

76

73

75

75

299

T78

Donnie S. Green, Fort Lauderdale

75

73

70

81

299

T80

Dave Gabbert, Madeira Beach

76

72

76

76

300

T80

Jimmie Wright, West Palm Beach

74

75

74

77

300

82

Greg Cerulli, Port St. Lucie

73

73

77

78

301

83

Jeff Thorsen, Jacksonville

72

74

78

78

302

T84

Frank Reynolds, Oldsmar

73

75

77

78

303

T84

Michael O'Brien, Coral Springs

74

73

76

80

303

 
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