Three Victorious at Super-Senior Match Play
VERO BEACH, Fla - Doug LaCrosse claimed the Super-Senior Match Play Championship, while Donald Staton and Jerry Rodeheaver took home the 70-74 Age Division and 75 & Over Age Division respectively.
Doug LaCrosse, of Tampa, became the 2021 Super-Senior Match Play Champion with his win in 19 holes over Steve Sponder on Thursday. Early on in the match, LaCrosse found himself 3-down after five holes, but came roaring back winning the next four holes to finish the front nine 1-up against Sponder. Both players continued to battle on the back nine as the match tightened. At all square, the match headed to the 18th hole. LaCrosse made a bogey and Sponder buried a 10-footer for bogey to extend the match to extra holes. On the 19th hole, LaCrosse was able to claim the trophy, only needing a par to do so.
LaCrosse’s road to the finals featured a 1-up win over Walter Himelsbaugh, a 2 & 1 victory over David Bailey, and a 3 & 2 win over the defending Champion Neil Christie in the finals. The victory for LaCrosse adds yet another chapter to his illustrious hall of fame career.
70-74 Age Division
Donald Staton came out victorious in the 70-74 Age Division Championship with a 2 & 1 Victory over Pete McDade on Thursday. Staton, of Boca Raton, took down stroke play medalist Robert Cunningham on Tuesday with a 1-up victory. It took a 10-footer on the 23rd hole to beat Steve Boswell in the semifinals and advance to the final match. Wins at holes 15 & 16 in the final match were enough to secure Staton the title.
75 & Over Age Division
Jerry Rodeheaver, of Donnellun, took home the 75 & Over Age Division Championship after defeating Jack Heinemann 2 & 1 in the final match. Rodeheaver’s road to the finals started on Tuesday with his 2-up win over Don Valcheff. He followed that up with a 3 & 2 win over Brian Sachs on Wednesday in the semifinals. The semifinal match also included Rodeheaver’s first career hole-in-one on the par three sixth hole. Thomas Jung took home the stroke play medalist honors.