April 13, 2004

Play Suspended at State Senior

Play has been suspended at the 37th Florida State Senior Championship at Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton.

Due to heavy rains, the first round was suspended at 1:40 pm and will resume on Wednesday, April 14 at 10:30 am. Approximately 12 groups have not yet started their first round. The second round, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been cancelled. The field will be flighted after the conclusion of the first round and the final round will be on Thursday, April 15 with both morning and afternoon waves. Leading the field in the clubhouse is Don Lucas, of Lithia, who shot a two-under par 70 followed closely by Harvey Barish, of Hollywood, who recorded a one-under par 71.

The 37th Florida State Senior Championship consists of a field of 156 players competing for the title. Participants must be 55 or older and are divided into two age divisions, 55-69 and 70 & over. Defending Champion, Dan Meinert, of Jacksonville,will not be returning to defend his title since he has turned professional. Last year at Marsh Landing Country Club, Meinert shot a 69-72-71—212 to win by nine strokes. However, Seymour Gardner, of Miami, who won the Super Senior division in 2003, will attempt to defend his title again this year. Two-time State Senior Champion, Joseph Cristillo, of Crystal River, and the 2001 State Senior Champion, Jim Applegate, of Palm City, will be competing this year. The field also includes Ray Darmstadt, of Cocoa Beach, who won the Super Senior Winter Series points standings two years in a row.

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