April 10, 2013

Super Senior Champions Crowned

Three great champions prevail at Lake Wales CC

Earl Daniell, Edward Craig and Ray Darmstadt claimed their respective division titles at Super Senior Championship conducted at the historic Lake Wales Country Club, in Lake Wales on April 9-10.

Earl Daniell, of Tallahasse, prevailed in a sudden death playoff to capture the 65-69 division title. After a first round of two-over par 74, Daniell found himself three strokes out of the lead heading into the final round of play.  Daniell continued his solid play carding a final round 74 that included four birdies to find himself tied with his good friend Fred Peel, of Chipley. Peel also posted rounds of 74-74, but after costly bogey on the final hole, Peel would head for the sudden death playoff. The playoff commenced on the first hole where Daniell would go on to make par to capture the title. Steve Earsley, of Hobe Sound, and Frank Polizzi, of Plymouth Meeting, PA, finished tied for third place with a tournament total of 149.

The 70-74 age division was filled with excitement with Edward Craig prevailing in a four way playoff. Edward Craig, of Orlando (pictured left), Phil Leckey, of Tampa, Curtis Madson, of Mount Dora, and Blair Rugh, of Orlando, all found themselves tied for the lead after posting 149 for the tournament.  The four would head for a sudden death playoff to determine the Champion. After the first playoff hole Madson and Rugh were eliminated after failing to make par which left Craig and Leckey to battle for the title. Craig would prevail on the second playoff hole by making a par to add to his impressive FSGA Championship resume.

Ray Darmstadt, of Cocoa Beach, (pictured right) went wire-to-wire to dominate the 75 & over age division. Darmstadt fired an impressive two-under par 70 in the first round to take a two stroke advantage into the final round. Darmstadt picked up where he left off in the final round posting 71 and win by five shots. Darmstadt was the only player in the Championship to finish under par. Claud Johnston, of Oldsmar, finished alone in second place after rounds of 75-71.  James Cole, of Bokeelia, took home third place honors with a tournament total of 147.

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