Senior Amateur Match Play Championship
June 14-18, 2015
54 Seniors & 24 Super-Seniors arrived at Lago Mar Country Club, in Plantation on June 14th to begin vying for the Senior & Super-Senior Match Play Crowns. By Thursday afternoon, just one would remain standing in each division.
Sunday & Monday would consist of 36 holes of Stroke Play Qualifying. The low 32 Seniors and 16 Super-Seniors would advance to Match Play.
Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale would use some local knowledge and capture medalist honors in the Senior Division after rounds of 69-73--142. 32 players would finish at 155 (+13) to advance to Tuesday’s Round of 32 Match Play.
On Tuesday, in the Round of 32, 2015 Senior Champion, Gordon Marshall would come alive with a commanding 7 & 5 victory over Robbie Dew, in the 16 v. 17 match, to setup a showdown on Wednesday with medalist, and 7-time FSGA Senior Player of the Year, Rick Woulfe. 13 of the top 16 seeds would advance.
Wednesday would have Senior’s play both Round of 16 & Quarterfinal matches. In the first match of the day, Marshall would jump on Woulfe early, making 6 birdies in the opening 12 holes to take a commanding 6-up lead. However, after injuring himself on a recovery shot, Marshall was unable to continue and conceded the match. Joining Woulfe in the quarterfinal match would be 2014 USGA Senior Amateur Quarterfinalist, Peter Wegmann, of Fort Lauderdale. Defending Champion, Pete Williams, of Juno Beach would advance to the Quarterfinal , along with: Richard Kerper, of Safety Harbor, Rokki Rogan, of Fort Myers, Blake Marshall, of Palm Coast, K C Fox, of Sarasota and Kevin Macy, of Tampa.
In the afternoon quarterfinals, Woulfe would prevail again on his home course, defeating Wegmann, 6 & 5 and Williams would take down Kerper 4 & 2, setting up a Semifinal between the medalist and defending champion. On the other side of the draw, Rokki Rogan played steady, but ran into 8 birdies in 15 holes, by Blake Marshall, to fall 4 & 3. Fox would continue his steady play, defeating Macy, 3 & 2.
In Thursday morning’s semifinal, Woulfe would take a 1 up lead on Williams with a birdie on the 4th, Williams would then birdie the 6th to square up the match, then another birdie on the par 3, 8th and never look back. Trailing by 3 thru 11, Woulfe would make a birdie on 12, to bring the deficit back to 2, however Williams never faltered and made pars all the way through, closing out Woulfe 2 & 1. In the second semifinal, Marshall was unable to keep the hot putter from Wednesday afternoon, K C Fox would bogey the first hole to fall 1 down, but then would win 7 of the next 11 holes to find himself dormie on the 13th tee. A birdie by Marshall would extend the match to 14, but that would be all it went and Fox advanced 5 & 4.
The afternoon final saw both players come out of the gate firing, Williams would take the 1st with a birdie, and the 3rd with a par, to get 2 up early. Fox answered immediately making an eagle 3, on the par 5, 4th and a birdie on the 5th to bring the match all-square through 5. The reachable par 4, 6th would see both players drive the green and push the hole with birdies. A pair of birdies again at 7 resulted in another halve. The pair would both birdie the par-5, 10th still standing all-square. After Williams failed to convert his birdie attempt on the 12th, Fox would take advantage and make his, to move 1-up. Another birdie on 13, moved Fox to 2-up. Both players would go flag hunting on 14, and hit their shots inside 5 feet and converted for birdie. Williams would make his only mistake of the day on the 15th, missing the green and failing to get up and down for par, to fall 3-down. On 16, Williams missed his 15 foot birdie putt, tapping in for par, to watch Fox two-putt for his par, clinching it 3 & 2.
Jerry Young, of New Port Richey would card consecutive rounds of 72, to lead qualifying in the Super-Senior Division by one stroke over defending Champion, Larry Vander Bie, of Brooksville. 16 Super-Seniors would finish at 158 (+14) or better to advance to Tuesday’s Round of 16.
Tuesday would see all eight top seeds win and advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals.Medalist, Jerry Young would win his quarterfinal handedly, 5 & 4 to setup an afternoon semifinal with 5 seed Wyatt Meyer, of Lutz. In the lower half of the bracket, defending champion Vander Bie advanced easily to face 3 seed, Bill O’Keefe, of Lake Worth.
In Wednesday’s afternoon semifinals, both top seeds would prove to be too much for their opponents, both advancing 3 & 2. Vander Bie would head into Thursday morning with a chance to become the first repeat Champion of the Super-Senior Amateur Match Play, but would have to take on medalist Jerry Young.
Thursday morning’s final would belong to the defending champion, after both players made all pars through 5, Vander Bie would convert back to back birdies on 6 & 7. A rare mistake by Young on the 9th would give Vander Bie a 3-up lead at the turn. Par would again prove to be good enough for Vander Bie on 12, to move to 4-up. On the par-3 14th, Vander Bie would make his 3rd birdie of the match, to close 5 & 4 capture the Super-Senior Amateur Match Play crown for the second straight year.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Senior||6,480 yds. 71.9/136|
|Super-Senior||6,132 yds. 69.8/129|
|Hot & Overcast, Light Breeze||88 °F|
|Overcast, Warm, 37 Minute Lightning Delay||84 °F|
|Light Breeze, Hot||92 °F|
|Hot, Partly Cloudy Early, Clear in Afternoon||94 °F|
Entries Close Wednesday, May 27, 2015
$195 per competitor ($185 with GHIN handicap)
The Senior Amateur Match Play is a great chance for seniors in Florida to compete in a state Championship. There are two divisions in the Championship; Senior (55+) and Super Senior (65+). For a look at the 2014 Championship Results click here.
South Florida’s finest private golf and country club located in Broward County hosts the 2015 Senior-Amateur Match Play Championship. Lago Mar Country Club is situated minutes from Fort Lauderdale in Plantation and offers a spectacular well-manicured championship golf course for match play competition.
- 36 holes of individual stroke play. (18 Sunday - 18 Monday). Field will be cut to Championship Flights Only.
- Championship flight of 32 in the Senior division. Championship flight of 16 in the Super-Senior division.
- There will be a hole-by-hole play-off to determine the 32nd seed in the Senior Championship and the 16th seed in the Super-Senior; all other seeding ties within each division will be broken randomly.
- All players making match play, will play one match Tuesday morning.
- All successful remaining players will play a match Wednesday morning with winner's playing again in the afternoon.
- The finals of the Super-Senior are scheduled for Thursday morning.
- The semi-finals for the Senior Division will be played on Thursday morning; followed by the Championship match in the afternoon.
Championship Field Size
- 84 players
- Male amateurs must be a member of the FSGA and have reached 55 years of age (Senior) or 65 years of age (Super-Senior) by June 14, 2015
- $185 GHIN or Foundation Member
- $195 Non-GHIN Member
Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the field is full. Entries are then placed on an alternates list in order of receipt and contacted if, and when, a spot becomes available.
Late entries are subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Course Set-Up & Age Divisions
All players will be placed in the age division commensurate with their age as of the first day of the Championship. No player may play in both age divisions The course will be set-up at approximately:
- 6,400 - 6,500 yards - Senior Ages 55-64
- 6,100 - 6,200 yards - Super-Senior Ages 65 & over
- Any Super-Senior wishing to compete in the Senior division must notify the FSGA at time of entry
Round one tee times will begin at 8:00 AM off the 1st and 10th tees. Play will begin at 8:00 AM each day of stroke play. Tee times are subject to change.
Players will be re-paired by score after round one with round two tee times beginning at 8:00 AM off the 1st and 10th tees. For those advancing to match play, single elmination matches begin Tuesday morning at 7:30 AM.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship. Practice rounds may be played after 12:00 PM on the weekend. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax. Please call (954) 472-7047 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.
Carts are included for all competitive rounds. Players are responsible for practice round fees.
Pete Williams, of Juno Beach, defeated Jerry Rose, of Sarasota, 2up to win the 9th Senior Amateur Match Play Championship, and Larry Vander Bie , of Brooksville, bested Gary Saft, of Fort Myers, 4 & 2 to win the Super Senior Division at Black Diamond Ranch, in Lecanto, June 8-12.
Exemptions Earned from this Tournament
Champion (Senior Division - Championship Flight)
- Next three Senior Amateur Championships
- Current year's Florida Senior Open
Runner-up (Senior Division - Championship Flight)
- Next year's Senior Amateur Championship
- Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
- Caddies - If a player employs a caddie, the caddie MUST walk and player's clubs must remain on the golf cart.
- Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
- Local Rules and Conditions of Competition - Click here.
- Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
- Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
- Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.
Host Hotel and Accommodations
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
6650 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
$109 per room, per night, plus tax.
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**Must book by May 22, 2015 to take guarantee rate.
Lago Mar Country Club accepts Visa/Mastercard only for method of payment. Lago Mar does not accept Cash.
Lago Mar Country Club
500 Northwest 127th Avenue
Plantation, Florida 33325
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