1994 Florida Open - Jacaranda CC

Bart Bryant

Area Good To Orlando Pro - Bryant Shoots 275 To Win At Jacaranda

Sun-Sentinel
September 26, 1994

 

Bart Bryant birdied four of the last seven holes Sunday to win the Florida Open at Jacaranda Country Club.

Bryant's final-round 68 gave him a 13-under-par 275, good for a two-stroke margin over Bobby Gage, who shot 66. It was Bryant's second Florida Open win; he won in 1988 at Innisbrook Resort at Tarpon Springs.

Bryant, 31, of Orlando, brother of PGA Tour pro Brad, earned $10,000 for the victory. "This neck of the woods has been pretty good to me," Bryant said. Bryant cashed the biggest check of his career, $33,500, at the 1991 Honda Classic at TPC-Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, where he finished seventh.

Bryant played on the PGA Tour in 1991 and 1992, but he lost his card after he was sidelined by rotator cuff surgery in April, 1992. He missed four months and finished over 150th on the money list. He could not qualify for a medical exemption because he hadn't been on the tour for three years.

Bryant has spent the past two years playing the Nike Tour and Florida mini-tours. With two daughters (ages 6 and 8 months), Bryant isn't sure if he wants to go for his tour card again. He must decide by Friday whether to apply for the qualifying tournament next month. "I don't know if I want to live that life again," Bryant said. "Before this year, I had been travelling full-time the last four years." 

Bryant hasn't strayed far from Orlando this year, playing a few Nike Tour events and the Tommy Armour mini-tour around Orlando. He was happy he came to South Florida , $10,000 was the biggest winning check of his career. "The course was pretty tough (on Sunday)," Bryant said. "It was wet and playing long."

Bryant started two shots behind third-round leader Bobby Doolittle, who shot 1-over 73 to finish third, three shots back. Bryant shot even 36 on the front before coming to life with his short irons on the back. His backside birdies came after he hit a 7-iron to 6 feet at the par-4 12th, a 7-iron to 8 feet at the par-3 12th, a 9-iron to 4 feet at the par-4 16th and an 8-iron to 3 feet at the par-3 17th.

Bryant made just one bogey on Sunday and four all week. "I've been playing much better lately," Bryant said. "I played poorly in 1993 - it's been a big struggle." Bryant has earned roughly $50,000 this year on the mini-tours, where he has won four other times. Gage, 29, of Altamonte Springs, shot the day's best round, a bogey-free, 6-under 66. He made only two bogeys all week.

"I tried to play as well as I could, but I just wasn't good enough to catch Bart," Gage said.

 Pos.
Name
Rd. 1
2
3
4
Total

1

Bart Bryant, Orlando

67

69

71

68

275

2

Bobby Gage, Altamonte Springs

71

71

69

66

277

T3

Bobby Doolittle, Orlando

65

71

69

73

278

T3

Joseph Cioe, Crystal River

68

67

71

72

278

T5

Kip Byrne, Boca Raton

69

70

69

72

280

T5

Roger Rowland, Ocala

67

71

71

71

280

T5

Greg Towne, Orlando

68

71

71

70

280

8

John Restino, Lake Mary

67

73

69

72

281

9

Scott Ford, Lake Worth

70

70

71

71

282

T10

Chip Hall, West Palm

69

74

68

73

284

T10

James Gilleon Jr., Winter Springs

68

71

74

71

284

T10

Jeff Street, Fort Lauderdale

69

70

76

69

284

T13

Joel Padfield, Evansville, Ind.

68

71

72

74

285

T13

Bob Heintz, Clearwater

70

70

74

71

285

15

Jeff Lewis, West Palm

70

69

73

74

286

T16

Adam Spring, Boca Raton

69

69

71

78

287

T16

Ryan Perna, Boca Raton

73

69

72

73

287

T16

Bobby Tracy, Miami

68

75

73

71

287

T19

Chad Couch, Fort Lauderdale

73

70

70

75

288

T19

Bobby Cohcran, Cordova, Tenn.

70

73

73

72

288

21

David Moreland, Orlando

68

72

73

76

289

T22

Tom Olson, Tampa

71

72

71

76

290

T22

David Yarmitzky, Fort Lauderdale

70

72

72

76

290

T24

Joey Dixon, Orlando

68

70

76

77

291

T24

Bobby Gordon, Delray Beach

71

70

74

76

291

T24

John Hulbert, Tampa

71

70

75

75

291

T24

Blair Gibson, Coral Springs

75

68

74

74

291

T28

John Nieporte, Boca Raton

71

71

73

77

292

T28

Craig Nichols, Fort Myers

67

75

73

77

292

T28

David Canipe, New Smyrna Beach

72

69

75

76

292

T28

T.J. Phillips, Orlando

70

72

77

73

292

32

Glen Miciotta, Boca Raton

70

71

76

76

293

33

Jerry Springer, West Palm Beach

70

73

71

80

294

T34

Joe Shahady, Plantation

69

72

76

78

295

T34

Andrew Park, Orlando

72

69

77

77

295

36

Greg Cerulli, Port St. Lucie

69

74

77

76

296

T37

Dan Ladd, Tampa

69

74

74

80

297

T37

Ignacio Garcia, Miami

71

71

80

75

297

39

Howard Koff, Tampa

69

72

76

81

298

40

Kevin Hammer, Delray Beach

69

74

77

80

300

41

Bob Bird, Vero Beach

72

72

80

82

305

 
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