Three Teams Capture Winter Series Titles
56 players headed to storied Palm Aire Country Club for the Sarasota Winter Series Four-Ball. The first round on the Champions Course started out with perfect weather on Monday morning.
In Mid-Senior (40-54 Age Division) the team of K.C. Fox, of Sarasota & Howard Logan, of Naples fired 2 under-par 70, good enough for a 1 stroke lead over the teams of Baldonick Fernandez, of Pembroke Pines & James Weick, of Fort Lauderdale, and Gary Shover, of Parish & Jerry Pellegrino, of North Palm Beach.
In the Senior (55-64 Age Division) the teams of Chuck Davis, of Tampa & Gregg Smith, of Tampa and Carey Watson, of Plantation & Jim Stone, of Bradenton fired matching 6 under-par 66's to lead the pack.
In the Super-Senior (65 & Age Division) Alastair Walker, of Bonita Springs & Raymond Lenhardt, of Bonita Springs shot a round of 6 under-par 66 to lead by 3 strokes over the teams of Stephen Maddox, of Lakeland & Frederick Estridge, Lakeland and Tom Gallagher, of The Villages & Pat Monti, of The Villages.
Round 2 play on the Lakes Course, saw another perfect day for golf, mirroring Monday temperatures in the high 70's, little to no winds and sun shining.
In the Mid-Senior Division, the Gary Shover & Jerry Pellegrino started the day 1 stroke behind, but their round of 66 would be good enough to jump Fox & Logan and secure the team a 2 stroke victory.
The Senior Division saw the first play-off of the 2013-2014 Winter Series. First Round Leaders Davis & Smith would shoot 67 while Jerry Rose, Sarasota & Jon Empanger, of Sarasota shot 66 to force at play-off at a two-round total of 133. On the 4th play-off hole, Davis & Smith were able to make a par and win the Senior Division.
In the Super-Senior Division, Alastair Walker & Raymond Lenhardt would shoot a final round 69, paired with their opening 66 for a two-round total of 135 and a 4 stroke victory.
The Winter Series events include seven competitions, six individual events and one four-ball event. There are three age divisions, Mid-Senior (40-54), Senior (55-64) and Super Senior (65 & over). The Winter Series is a great opportunity for golfers to compete in competitive events that normally may not because they do not live in Florida year round.