Winter Series - Buckhorn Springs G&CC
March 8-9, 2021
Three Capture Season-Ending Victory
VALRICO, Fla. – Three players captured season-ending victories, as the 2020-21 Winter Series wrapped up on Tuesday at Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country. Miles McConnell took home the win the Mid-Amateur Division on Tuesday, while Doug Jones was victorious in the Senior Division and Doug LaCrosse captured the Super-Senior Division.
With the 2020-21 Winter Series season coming to a close, Chester VandenBerg, Joe Shaktman and LaCrosse were named the Winter Series Points Champions. LaCrosse earned the titles for the third-straight season, while Shaktman picked up the honor for the second-straight season.
McConnell used a 3-under 141 to earn the win in the Mid-Amateur Division. The Tampa native opened the tournament with a 1-under 71, finishing the day with four birdies, to take a one-shot lead over the field.
McConnell got off to a quick start with a birdie on the second. He carded back-to-back birdies on the seventh and the eighth to make the turn at 1 under for the day. McConnell added two more birdies on the back side to post a final-round 70 and secure the nine-shot victory.
Troy Vannucci and Ben Fisher both took a share of second place at 6-over 150, while Jim Loftin and Oliver Fisher finished tied for fourth at 8-over 152.
Jones captured a wire-to-wire win in the Senior Division, posting an even-under 144 for the week. The Brandon native fired a 72 in Monday’s first round to take a share of the first-round lead.
Starting on the sixth hole, Shaktman began the day with a birdie on the seventh. His only hiccup of the day came with a bogey on the fourth. He posted a final-round 72 to secure the one-shot victory.
John Gabler fired a 2-under 70 in the final round to take home a second-place finish at 1-over 145. Paul Royak finished third at 2-over 146, while Rokki Rogan finished fourth at 3-over 147. Gabler and Rogan’s final-round 70 was the low round of tournament in the Senior Division.
LaCrosse picked up his second win of the Winter Series season in commanding fashion, securing the eight-shot victory with a 2-under 142. He fired a 3-under 69 in Monday’s first round to take a seven-shot lead over the field.
The Tampa native carded three birdies in the final round to post a final-round 73 and take home the win.
Three players finished the week in a tie for second at 6-over 150: John Hall, Carey Watson and Kevin Macy.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Mid-Amateur||6,719 yds. 72.5/133|
|Senior||6,340 yds. 70.2/128|
|Super-Senior||6,045 yds. 69.0/125|
|Light Breeze||69 °F|
Buckhorn Springs has 72 golf carts and does not have dividers. We will play in a mix of threesomes and foursomes. Players will be given opportunity for single cart preference or to walk.
Format: 36-holes of gross stroke play
Eligibility: FSGA Adult Member at least 25 years of age
Handicap: Florida GHIN 10.0 or less
Age Divisions: Mid-Amateur, Senior & Super-Senior
Entry Fee: $160
- 36 holes of individual gross stroke play (no handicaps)
- Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are age 25 or older as of March 10, 2021
- Entrant must be a Regular 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.
There are three age divisions; Mid-Amateur (25-54), Senior (55-64) and Super-Senior (65 & above). Each player must compete in the age division commensurate with their age as of March 10, 2021. Competitors may not elect to play in a different age division or from a different tee than designated.
- Mid-Amateur (25-54) plays approximately 6,700 yards
- Senior (55-64) plays approximately 6,400 yards
- Super-Senior (65 & above) approximately 6,100 yards
**After the first round, each age division may be flighted based on the number of competitors and/or the range of scores.
- 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 (totaling approximately $30 per-player in the field) will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group.
Monday, March 8th
- Round 1 - 1:00 PM Shotgun
Tuesday, March 9th
- Round 2 - 8:30 AM Shotgun
Practice Rounds & Cost
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the event on a space available basis and are restricted to after 12:00 PM on weekends. To arrange your practice round please call the club at (813) 689-7766. The cost of a practice round is $40 plus tax.
There is currently no host hotel for this event.
Maximum Field Size
Individual events - 84-96 players in a mix of threesomes & foursomes