April 18, 2013

LaCrosse Wins Senior Amateur

Doug LaCrosse charges from behind to win his first FSGA Senior Amateur Championship

It was an action-packed day at Quail Ridge Country Club and the number of players in contention seemed endless. Heading into the 16th hole, four players were tied for the lead. Rick Woulfe, 64, of Fort Lauderdale, Doug LaCrosse, 60, of Tampa, Gordon Marshall, 57, of Sarasota, and Howard Logan, 56, of Naples were all at 3-under par for the tournament. 

However, one-by-one, the nerves and over-par scores quickly surfaced. Marshall was the first to feel the pressure, bogeying the 503 yard par-5, hole 16.  LaCrosse then bogeyed the long par-4 hole 17, while Howard doubled.  This gave Woulfe (who was at 3-under) a one-stroke lead going into the final hole.  However, an errant tee-shot into the trees forced Woulfe to hit a punch shot which carried through the green.  LaCrosse and Marshall also missed the 18th green. Both Woulfe and Marshall missed their putts on 18 to save par and carded bogeys on their final hole.   LaCrosse then drained his par putt to pull off an incredible up-and-down, which forced a sudden death play-off with Woulfe.

The two headed back to the 436 yard par-4, 18th hole to decide who would take home the hardware.  LaCrosse stuck his approach shot close while Woulfe was unable to hit the green in regulation.  With Woulfe lying 3 on the green, LaCrosse drained his birdie putt to defeat the seven-time Senior Player-of-the-Year.

It was a dramatic finish for the Tampa native, who also won the 2012 Senior Four-Ball Championship with fellow partner Steve Earsley.  LaCrosse finished the tournament with a 2-under 214 (72-68-74) aggregate.  This victory adds to Doug's impressive Championship resume which includes the 1992 State Amateur title and the 1995 State Mid-Amateur title.

The FSGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateur male golfers ages 55 and older. More than 300 players attempted to qualify, and 51 players earned exempt status through a variety of means. The field began with 144 players.  60 players advanced to the final round after a cut was implemented following the conclusion of the second round.

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