August 14, 2016

Weeks Captures 40th Florida Senior Open

Mike Weeks (a) of Jupiter, posted a bogey-free 67 on Sunday en route to a one stroke victory.

Lee Rinker, of Jupiter entered the final round with a two stroke lead over 2010 Florida Senior Open Champion Gene Fieger, of Naples. Fieger would be the first to tie for the lead after birding the 1st & 3rd hole. However, Rinker would quickly take the lead back with a birdie on 4.

Michael Weeks (a), of Jupiter playing a group ahead of the leaders would birdie the 1st & 2nd to get to -3 to slide up the leaderboard. Eight consecutive pars on 3-10 would see him still sitting 2 behind Rinker. Weeks would make closing birdies on 11, 14 and 17, and narrowly miss on 18 to post -6 for the Championship and a bogey free 67.

Rinker would only make one bogey and one birdie from holes 5-17. Sitting in the 18th fairway, with a wedge in hand, Rinker hit it hole high about 20 feet left  of the hole, with a putt to tie Weeks at -6, he would narrowly miss, finishing at -5 for the Championship with a closing 71.David Good, of Lakeland, also playing in the final group would post a bogey-free 68 (-4), including a birdie on 18 to tie for second and share the low professional purse with Lee Rinker.

Gene Fieger's final round 72 would see him fall short in his quest for a second title, finishing solo 4th.

Defending Champion, Eduardo Herrera, of Windermere finished T7.

This is Weeks second FSGA Championship, adding to his 2011 FSGA Mid-Senior Championship he captured at his home club, Bear Lakes Golf & Country Club.

The 40th Florida Senior Open, conducted by the Florida State Golf Association & South Florida PGA Section saw over 300 players try to qualify over 8 qualifying sites across the state, setting a field of 78 Amateur & 78 Professionals who competed over 54 holes at Willoughby Golf Club & Sailfish Point Golf Club in Stuart.

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