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Winter Series - Country Club of Ocala

Country Club of Ocala - Ocala

January 29-30, 2024

OCALA, Fla. – Ninety-six players traveled to the challenging Country Club of Ocala to be met with cold and windy conditions on a golf course that is already hard enough. The out of bounds lined fairways mixed with undulating greens led to there being no scores under par. However, three players were able to stand above the rest; Troy Vannucci, Chad Ibbotson and David Tassell won the Mid-Amateur, Senior and Super-Senior Divisions respectively.

Mid-Amateur

Fresh off of winning Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Player of the Year, Troy Vannucci continued his great play with his first Winter Series victory of the season. After firing a first round 72, Vannucci had a six shot lead heading into the final round over Zackary Luce and Peter Hamacher. Despite a double bogey on the 12th hole, Vannuci was able to eliminate some of the damage with a birdie on the last.

During the final round, Vannucci stumbled early, playing the first seven holes in three-over par. However, his lead was too large to overcome. He wound up finishing with a final round 75, winning by eight strokes over Luce.

Senior

Keith Bratton got off to a hot start with a first round 72, but the scores were a lot tighter than the Mid-Amateur division. Chad Ibbotson and Bruce Sands were one shot back, and Lloyd Fisher was two shots back.

After Bratton struggled early, it turned into a two-man race between Ibbotson and Sands. Sands held a one shot lead with one hole to play, but Ibbotson was able to birdie the last, gaining momentum heading into the playoff. All he needed was a par on the playoff and Ibbotson was able to secure his fourth win in his last five Winter Series starts.

Super-Senior

In the Super-Senior Division, Randy Kroen took a first round lead opening up with a one-over par 73 with David Tassell and Ken Kirchner right on his tail two shots back. Kroen’s round was highlighted by three birdies, including one on the difficult par-4 9th.

Shortly into the second round, it was David Tassell, Rob Bringardner and Bobby Lundquist hovering at the top of the leaderboard. Tassell’s consistent rounds of 75-75 wound up being enough to outlast Bringardner by two shots, earning him his first Winter Series victory of the season.

Tee Information

Tee

Yardage / Info

Mid-Amateur

6,814 yds. / 73.6 / 139

Senior

6,408 yds. / 72.0 / 135

Super-Senior

6,008 yards / 70.2 / 132

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description

Temp

Sunny

Sunny, Cool, Calm Winds 5

60 °F

Sunny

Sunny, Cool

50 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Troy Vannucci 72 75 147 150
2 Zackery Luce 78 77 155 115
T3 Nathan Kannenberg 80 80 160 83
T3 Peter Hamacher 78 82 160 83
5 Ross Gutlohn 79 82 161 70
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Tournament Summary

Format:  36 holes of gross stroke play

Eligibility FSGA Adult Member at least 25 years of age

Handicap:  Florida GHIN 10.0 or less

Entry Fee:  $195

Format

  • 36-holes of individual gross stroke play (no handicaps)

Eligibility

  • Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are age 25 or older as of March 5th, 2024
  • Each player must compete in the age division comensurate with their age as of March 5th, 2024. Competitors may not elect to play in a different age division or from a different tee than designated 
  • Entrant must be an Adult or Foundation Member of the FSGA
  • Entrant must have an active Florida GHIN Handicap and have a current handicap index of 10.0 or lower

Entry Fees & Prizes

  • $195
  • Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field
  • Age-group Champions at each event will receive a commemorative award. Gift certificates (totalling approximately $30 per-player in the field) will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group

Schedule of Events

  • Monday, January 29th
    • 12:30 PM - Round one shotgun
  • Saturday, December 9th
    • 8:30 AM - Round 2 shotgun

Practice Round Information

  • Available one week prior to the event on a space available basis and are restricted to after 12:00 PM on weekends
  • Practice round rate: $50.00 + tax
  • Please call the club at (352) 237-6644 to arrange your practice round

Championship Information

  • Age Divisions
    • Mid-Amateur: 25-54 years old
    • Senior: 55-64 years old
    • Super-Senior: 65 years old and above
  • Course Setup
    • Mid-Amateur - approximately 6,700 yards
    • Senior - approximately 6,400 yards
    • Super-Senior - approximately 6,200 yards
  • Field Size - 96 players
  • Tee Times & Information

Championship Policies

Player Information

Host Site

  • Country Club of Ocala
    6823 SE 12th Cir. 
    Ocala, FL 34480
    (352) 237-6644
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    • Payment - Cash & All Major Credit Cards are accepted at Country Club of Ocala