1998 Florida Open - Palm Aire CC

Jimmy Stobs

Stobs Outlasts Gay, Wins Florida Open

Sun-Sentinel
November 1, 1998

Golf is no longer as important to Jimmy Stobs as it once was, and this more relaxed attitude may have helped Saturday as he won the 57th annual Florida Open golf tournament at Palm Aire Country Club.

"I love the pressure, but golf is about third on my list of priorities now, behind God and family," Stobs said after outlasting Brian Gay, 69 to 70, for 72-hole totals of 271 and 272. They had started the final round tied for the lead.

Why the change in Stobs' attitude?

In the fall of 1996, it was discovered that Stobs' fiancé, Lorri Logan, had a brain tumor. Though he would reach the finals of PGA Tour qualifying for the first time before the end of the year and subsequently earn conditional playing status on the Nike Tour, Stobs spent last year at Logan's side. And it took him several months following her death in January before he could starting playing golf again.

But after several starts this summer on the South Florida and Golden Bear tours, Stobs is ready to try for the PGA Tour a fourth time. And, he notes, winning the Florida Open should "give me some momentum and a boost of confidence." "It feels great to win against a field with a lot of good players," Stobs added. "Many of them are like me, trying to tune up for tour qualifying."

Stobs, who passed the first stage at Heron Bay in Coral Springs, was to leave this morning for the second stage starting Tuesday at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach. The finals are scheduled Nov. 18-23 in LaQuinta, Calif.

Stobs birdied three of the first five holes Saturday and twice led Gay by two strokes, after the 5th and 13th. Gay pulled even on Stobs' second bogey of the day at No. 12, but promptly hit his tee shot into the edge of a canal right of the 13th green and made double bogey. Both birdied the par-5 14th, Gay the par-4 15th to get back to within a stroke but could get no closer as both parred the last three holes.

"I was pretty slopped all day," Gay said. "The double at 13 woke me up a little, and really I played pretty well most of the week, but when you get close and don't win, you can feel like you played badly." It could have gotten exciting at No. 18 when both players hit their second shots to within birdie range. But after Gay missed his from about 15 feet, Stobs lagged his, two-putting from 4 feet. "It was a little weird," Stobs said. "After trying to make putts all week, I was in a situation where I didn't have to make one. I didn't know how to act."

The victory was worth $15,000 from the $75,955 purse. It was Stobs' largest check and most prestigious victory in six years as a professional golfer.

 Pos.
Name
Rd. 1
2
3
4
Total
Winnings

1

Jimmy Stobs

70

67

65

69

271

$15,000

2

Brian Gay

68

73

64

70

272

8,000

3

Tim Petrovic

66

73

69

66

274

5,000

4

Howard Mash

67

72

68

68

275

3,750

T5

Adam Adams

69

70

69

69

277

2,500

T5

John Nieporte

69

72

66

70

277

2,500

T7

Rodney Butcher

71

70

67

69

278

2,500

T7

Tim Balmer

67

70

71

70

278

1,850

T7

Rick Price

69

72

69

68

278

1,850

T10

Heath Wassum

72

69

69

69

279

1,550

T10

Bryon Dixon

73

71

67

68

279

1,550

T10

Jesse Allen

70

70

68

71

279

1,550

T10

Jerry Springer

69

70

71

69

279

1,550

14

Tony Soerrus

70

71

69

70

280

1,300

T15

Bob Ralston

74

67

70

70

281

1,150

T15

Brad Klapprott

76

70

66

69

281

1,150

T15

Carl Alexander

73

72

66

70

281

1,150

T18

Scott Ford

71

69

70

72

282

955

T18

Ronnie McCann

74

69

69

70

282

955

T18

Eric Brito

71

73

71

67

282

955

T18

Marty Stanovich

76

67

67

72

282

955

T18

Briny Baird

74

66

73

69

282

955

T23

Lance Ten Broeck

72

72

68

71

283

838

T23

Mike McNerney

74

71

70

68

283

838

25

Rick Stallings

71

74

69

70

284

800

T26

Jeremy Schmidt

75

71

68

71

285

673

T26

Matthew Glass

71

75

68

71

285

673

T26

Peter Horrobin

70

76

69

70

285

673

T26

Dennis Hillman

74

72

68

71

285

673

T26

Steve Ostroff

73

75

69

68

285

673

T26

Steve Hart

74

73

67

71

285

673

T26

James Weeden

73

71

68

73

285

673

T26

David Schuster

75

70

66

74

285

673

T26

Lloyd Warwick

73

69

67

74

285

673

T35

Rick Nelson

73

74

71

68

286

531

T35

Dan Wilkins

75

72

67

72

286

531

T35

Mike San Fillipo

70

70

73

73

286

531

T35

Justin Hicks

70

73

70

73

286

531

T35

Pat Frasca

75

70

68

73

286

531

T35

Adam Decker

76

70

70

70

286

531

T35

Bart Bran

70

75

69

72

286

531

T41

Andrew Morse

72

74

71

70

287

475

T41

Armagost

70

76

69

72

287

475

43

Kip Byrne

75

70

71

72

288

460

T44

Larry Fulkroad

72

72

72

73

289

440

T44

Robert Floyd

70

79

67

73

289

440

T44

Todd Petuso

70

74

70

75

289

440

47

Ryan Perna

75

68

73

74

290

420

48

David Bishop

72

72

70

77

291

410

49

Oliver Peecock

73

75

72

73

293

403

 
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