Alfieri Survives Playoff to Win Mid-Senior
SARASOTA, Fla. – It took a couple extra holes, but Joe Alfieri was crowned the Mid-Senior Champion. The Lutz native defeated Daniel Owen in a two-hole playoff to raise the trophy on Sunday at Laurel Oak Country Club.
Alfieri was in first place heading into Sunday’s final round, with a three-stroke lead over the field.
He ran into some trouble to start the day, bogeying back-to-back holes to fall into a tie for first place.
The four-time Florida State Golf Association Player of the Year, finished off his front nine with a birdie on the eighth.
He birdied two of this first four holes on the back to move to 9-under for the championship. He added one more birdie on the back nine to head to the final hole at 10-under with a two-shot lead over Daniel Owen and Owen Joyner at 8-under.
Alfieri bogeyed the final hole, while Owen’s birdie on the 18th forced a playoff, both players finishing at 9-under 207.
Owen had a rough start to the round with a double bogey on the first hole. He bounced back quick, playing the rest of the round bogey-free. The Ocala native carded two birdies on the front nine and added four on the back nine, including two-straight birdies to finish the round. He posted a final-round 4-under 68, the low round of the day.
After both players made par on the first playoff hole, Alfieri and Owen headed to the par-5 17th hole. Owen missed his birdie putt and tapped in for par, while Alfieri rolled in a 10-foot putt for birdie to secure the championship.
This was Alfieri’s seventh FSGA Championship win and his first Mid-Senior Championship victory. He and Owen were the only two players in the field to post three under-par rounds for the championship.
Joyner took home a third-place finish, posting a 5-under 211 for the championship, while Mike Riley finished in fourth place at 3-under 213.
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