Two Teams Hoist Mid-Sr Four-Ball Trophies
Sugar Mill Country Club, located in New Smyrna Beach, hosted two days of four-ball competition for the mid-seniors. Jimmy Jones, of Tampa, and Mike Finster, of Saint Petersburg, were the definition of consistency with two rounds of 65 earning the team a wire-to-wire victory! Six birdies from Finster and a birdie on the par three 16th hole by Jones secured the early leady by two stokes after round one. Jones started the birdie train for the team in round two by posting birdies on the third and eighth holes. Finster, who is a past winner with Brian Armstrong in 2017, cared five birdies in round two to secure a first place victory at 130 (-14). The Palm Coast team of Jackson Sampselle and William Yorgey stared and finished round two tied for second, two strokes back, at 132 (-12). Teammates Daniel Debra, of Lutz, and Don Whittemore, of Temple Terrace, posted identical rounds as Sampselle/Yorgey, 67-65, to tie for second. Brent Dorman and Daniel Owen, both from Ocala, posted the tournament low round of 64 on the final day to tie for second.
The team of Stuart Smith, of Saint Johns, and Billy Lodise, of Saint Augustine, played seven strokes better in the final round to claim first place in the First Flight. Smith and Lodise won by four strokes with rounds of 72-65—137 (-7). The teams of Hixson/Pope, Jackson/Mackintosh, and Dean/Lacamera tied for second place in the first flight at 141 (-3).
The South four-ball teams faced the Golden Palm and Blue Monster courses at Trump National Doral in Miami. Erasing a five stroke deficit in round two, Jeff Fleeman, of Auburndale, and Kelly Sellers, of Lakeland, finished in first place a eleven under-par 132. Walter Gieselman, of Naples, and Rokki Rogan, of Fort Myers, took the early lead after posting nine birdies to finish with a 63 (-8) in round one. Fleeman and Sellers started the final round at four under-par. Seven birdies from Sellers and birdie on the 14th hole from Fleeman advanced the team to first place with a round two 64! The team of Gieselman/Rogan fell to second place after a steady one over-par second round and 135 (-8) total. Fleeman, who won his first FSGA Championship, and Sellers earned a three stroke win! Joe Shaktman and Neil Taylor started the final round tied for second and finished in third with rounds of 66-71—137 (-6).
James Weick, of Fort Lauderdale, and Jose Novo, of Miami, posted a four under-par second round to finish first in the First Flight at 140 (-3). The team of Joel Benes and Bill Griffith posted six birdies in round two to secure second place in the first flight at one under-par 142. In the second flight, William Mallon and Bobby Bird, the team from Vero Beach, shot five strokes better in round two to finish in first at two over-par 145 (75-70). Andrew Tauber and Marc Gosslein each posted a birdie in round two to finish in second place in the second flight with rounds of 77-70—147 (+4).
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