April 06, 2016

Champions Crowned at Super-Senior

Robert Hess (65-69), Edward Craig (70-74) and Ron Audi (75 & Over) earned wins at Quail Ridge Country Club, April 5-7.

Robert Hess, of Casselberry, erased a three stroke deficit to win the 65-69 age division! Hess took an early lead after round one with the low round of the day, three under-par, 69. He fell from the lead after never recovering from a double-bogey on his third hole during round two, posting a three over-par 75. Dan Reagan advanced up the leaderboard playing steady golf with two under-par rounds of 71-70. Reagan, of Stuart, held the lead after the second round by two strokes over Wyatt Meyer. Meyer, of Lutz, posted an impressive two under-par, 70 in the first round followed by a round two 73 to chase Reagan from second place. Hess fell to tied for third place with James Smith leading into the final round. 

Despite falling three strokes behind after round two, Hess kept his eye on the lead heading into the final round. He followed up a bogey on number one with a birdie on number two and carded two more birdies on holes five and 11 for a final round two over-par, 74. Meanwhile, Reagan struggled, unable to recover from two double-bogies in his final round and finished the day with a six over-par, 78. As Reagan faltered, Hess advanced to capture a first place victory by one stroke with a three day total of 218. Reagan tied Meyer for second place after Meyer’s final round of four over-par, 76. Meyer started his final round with a birdie on hole number one but had a couple of rough holes keeping him out of first place. Tom Grady, Berger Warner, and Peter Van Ingen tied for fourth place, two strokes back, with a tournament total 220. Robert Hess (pictured top left) earned his first FSGA win at Quail Ridge Country Club! 

In the 70-74 age division, consistency was key for Champion Edward Craig, of Orlando, who posted two even par rounds for a 144 total.  Craig (pictured near right) started his final round hot with four birdies in his first six holes to turn at two under-par, 34. After a steady two bogies on his last nine holes, Craig overtook first round leader, Jim Brown, of Port Saint Lucie. Brown tied the low round of day one with a three under-par, 69 but he could not hold onto his early three stroke lead. Brown struggled on his final nine holes to a four over-par 76, 145 total, and second place finish. Craig’s one stroke victory adds to his growing list of Championship titles with the FSGA!

Three players faced off in a sudden death play-off to determine the Champion of the 75 and over age division. Ron Audi, Harry Cain, and Max Matthews tied at the top after the final round with a tournament total of five over-par, 149. Ron Audi, defending Champion, ended the play-off quickly with a birdie on the first play-off hole to be crowned Champion. Audi (pictured far right) posted rounds of 76-73 for back-to-back victories! Audi played his final nine holes in one-under par which included a clutch birdie on his final hole to earn his spot in the play-off.

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