Wegmann & Lundquist Victorious
55 Seniors & 28 Super-Seniors arrived at The Founders Golf Club, in Sarasota on June 12th to begin vying for the Senior & Super-Senior Match Play Crowns. By Thursday afternoon, just one would remain standing in each division.
Sunday & Monday would consist of 36 holes of Stroke Play Qualifying. The low 32 Seniors and 16 Super-Seniors would advance to Match Play. In the Senior division Peter Wegmann prevailed through five grueling days of competition and inclement weather to win his second Championship of 2016. Robert Lundquist battled the rain storms and tough matches to capture the Super-Senior division.
Matt Avril, of Vero Beach, captured medalist honors in the Senior Division after rounds of 66-73—139. Peter Wegmann, of Fort Lauderdale, finished in second place after consistent rounds of 70-72—142. 32 players would finish at 160 or better to advance to Match Play.
Wegmann seemed to be on fire moving through the Round of 32 to defeat Walter Himelsbaugh in the Round of 16 and Bill Barnes in the Quarterfinals, both three and two victories. He faced Pete Williams, 2014 Senior Player of the Year, in the Semifinals where he moved confidently to the final match with a four and three win. Meanwhile, Jerry Rose, of Sarasota, was dominating his matches. In the Round of 16, Rose won two and one against John Vaccaro, and then beat Neil Vanleeuwen one-up in the Quarterfinals to advance to the Semifinals. After a four and three victory against Kevin Macy in the Semifinals, Rose would meet Wegmann for the final match.
Wegmann took an early lead in the final match with a birdie on the second hole to be one-up over Rose. After a win on the seventh hole with a par and a birdie on the eighth hole, Wegmann made the turn at three-up. Rose tried to make a comeback on the final nine holes with birdies on holes 13 and 15, but could not rise above Wegmann. A birdie by Wegmann on the 16th hole clinched his four and two victory! 2016 is a stellar year for Wegmann who captured the Senior Amateur Championship in April.
Larry Vander Bie and Robert Lundquist posted a two round total of 145 to finish tied for first after stroke play. 16 players finished at 158 or better to advance to the Round of 16 matches.
Both Vander Bie, of Brooksville, and Lundquist, of Sandford, advanced through their matches to meet in the finals where an exciting match would take place. The duo went back and forth through the front nine with Lundquist birdying the ninth hole to lead by one heading into the back nine. Lundquist’s lead did not last long due to Vander Bie posting three birdies in a row on holes 12, 13, and 14. Lundquist birdied the 15th hole to enter the final three holes one-down. Vander Bie fell to a bogey on the 18th hole and the two extended the match an extra hole. Lundquist prevailed on the 19th hole with a par to be crowned victorious!