Senior Amateur Championship
April 12-14, 2005
Craig Wins Senior Championship
Edward Craig won the 2005 Senior Championship wire-to-wire as Rennie Law was crowned the Super Senior Amateur Champion at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club on April 12-14.
Edward Craig, 62, from Orlando, fired a 76 in the final round to clinch the title with a 217 three-round total. Craig had two birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 35. On the back nine, Craig held on with a 41 to seal the Championship by three strokes. Craig said, “My putting really helped me on the front nine.” Not knowing where he stood in contention, Craig “thought he needed a 2-putt on the 18th hole to win.” Craig led the entire tournament with rounds of 70-71. After not playing a practice round, “I feel very fortunate,” Craig said. “This is such an excellent course, I really amazed myself.” In a three-way tie for second, Kim Schwencke, AB Sisco and Rick Woulfe each shot a three-round total of 220. Schwencke, of Temple Terrace, and AB Sisco, of Pensacola, continued in the final round to shot a similar score of 76. In the first two rounds, each posted a 71-73. Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, fired a 1-under par 71 in the final round for a share of second place. Woulfe recorded a 74-75 in the first two rounds. Defending Champion Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, finished six strokes back from Craig with scores of 78-70-75.
In the Super Senior division, Rennie Law, 65, of Tampa, shot his low round of the tournament, 73, to jump into first place and win the Championship. Combined with scores of 74-75, Law won the Super Senior division with a three-round total of 222. In the final round, Law posted a 35 on the front with birdies on holes five and six. “I played solid today,” said Law. A 1996 US Senior Amateur finalist, Law has also competed in two US Senior Opens. Roger Nichols, from Ponte Vedra Beach, took second place after his final round of 72. Nichols shot a pair of 77’s in the first two rounds for a 226 total. Chuck Smith, of Naples, the 1995 Senior Champion, shared third place with second round leader, Bill Feehan. Smith logged a 75-76-76-227 while Feehan, from Marco Island, shot a 78-70-79-227.
Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted this year. While 92 players earned exempt status through a variety of different means, over 240 competitors attempted to qualify to complete the 156 player field. Players competed in 18 holes of stroke play hoping to advance to the Championship. Participants must be 55 or older to participate in the Championship and enter one of the age divisions, 55-64 and 65 & over. Competitors play 54 holes of stroke play over the course of the three-day event.
Designed by Ron Garl, Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club was one of the first tribute courses with replicas of famous holes from around the world. There are eight replicas--Augusta National’s Amen Corner 12th-13th & 16th, St. Andrews’ 1st & Road Hole 17th, Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp 8th, Muirfield’s 9th, and Baltusrol’s 4th--plus ten original holes.
The Senior Championship is for those individuals over the age of 55. Two age divisions, 55-64 and 65 and over, will compete over three days in 54 holes of stroke play. The field is flighted after 36 holes.
Designed in 1986 by Ron Garl and then renovated in 2001, Golden Ocala was one of the first tribute courses, with replicas of famous holes from around the world. There are eight replicas--Augusta National’s Amen Corner 12th-13th & 16th, St. Andrews’ 1st & Road Hole 17th, Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp 8th, Muirfield’s 9th, and Baltusrol’s 4th--plus ten original holes.
Must be age 55 or older as of April 12, 2005, and be a member of the FSGA.
$55 Qualifying fee ($45 for online entry) - includes cart
$200 Championship fee - includes carts
Individuals who successfully advance to the Championship through qualifying must pre-register and remit $200 either online at the FSGA website at www.fsga.org or by check to the FSGA office for payment of Championship fees. Payment must be received by Thursday, April 7 or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship.
EXEMPT PLAYERS FEE:
Exempt players will only be charged the $200 Championship fee.
Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption provided they meet all entry and eligibility requirements.
The following exemptions earned are applicable to either the regular or super senior age divisions (provided age requirements are met):
- Previous winners of the Senior Championship regular division for the last ten years
- Top 10 and tied senior players from the previous year's Player of the Year final point standings
- Top 10 and tied from the Winter Series 55-64 age division current points list as of close of entries
- Winners of the previous season's 55-64 age division individual Winter Series events
- Players making the cut at the previous year's Amateur Championship
- Players making the cut at the previous year's Mid-Senior Championship
- Players making match play at the previous year's Mid-Amateur Championship
- Top 60 and tied from the previous year's Senior Championship regular division
- Players qualifying for the previous year's US Senior Open Championship
- Players qualifying for the previous year's US Senior Amateur Championship
- Special exemptions as selected by the FSGA
The following exemptions earned are applicable only to the super senior division:
- Previous winners of the Senior Championship regular and super senior divisions
- Top 5 and tied from the Winter Series 65 & over age division current points list as of close of entries
- Winners of the previous season's 65 & over age division individual Winter Series events
- Top 10 and tied from the previous year's Senior Championship super senior age division
- Special exemptions as selected by the FSGA
(An exempt player shall meet all entry requirements and must submit a complete entry prior to deadline.)
18 holes stroke play at 5 sites.
54 holes of stroke play. Initial groupings will be for two-days; the field will be re-paired after the second round. The third round will be two shotguns starts, the first at 8:00 and the second at 12:45. The higher flights and the super seniors will play in the morning shotgun. The lower flights will play in the afternoon shotgun.
Regular (55-64 age divison) and super senior (65 and over age division).
Players must indicate on the entry form if they want to compete in the super senior division. Players in the regular division are not eligible for the super senior title regardless of age.
PRACTICE ROUND FEES:
Players are responsible for practice round cart fees.
Bruce Scamehorn of Winter Haven carded a 69-74-143 to win the title by five strokes over Don Lucas of Lithia at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Boca Raton as weather shortened the Championship to 36 holes. Moot Thomas of Ocala logged a 76-74-150 to snare the super senior division title by six shots over former super senior champion Bob Harris of Boynton Beach.