Better Ball Championship
Pete Williams of Juno Beach and Darryl Osler of West Palm Beach made it three straight, missing their own scoring record by one shot, in the Palm Beach County Better Ball Championship Sunday at Hobe Sound Golf Club.
Williams, a commercial airlines pilot, and Osler, a pool builder, added a seven under par 65 to Saturday’s 64 for 129 to win the senior division (ages 50-59) by six strokes, the widest margin among the three age groups. Their winning score here in 2103 was 136.
The other flight winners were Florida Atlantic University teammates Derron Peyton of Boynton Beach and Cody Christensen of Orlando, open division, 49 years and younger, 133; and Marc Rosenbaum, Hollywood, and Mark Rubin, Boca Raton, super seniors, 60-older, on the first hole of a playoff at 135 with brothers Dann and David Merrell of West Palm Beach.
The results mark the 17th PBCGA victory for Williams, the eighth for Osler, the fifth for Rosenbaum, the fourth for Rubin, second for Peyton and first for Christensen. Rubin clinched the oldest age group title with a 12 foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th hole.
“We played great last year,” winning at The Fox Club with a tournament record 128, “but better this year,” Williams said. In 36 holes, Williams made 12 birdies, Osler five. They made one bogey in each round. “He (Williams) took the driver out of my hands several times today,” Osler added, a strategic move to control Darryl’s aggressiveness.
Playing as partners for the first time, Peyton and Christensen made six birdies apiece and one bogey on Saturday. FAU won three tournaments in a row during the regular season but did not play well at the Conference USA Championship last week, Peyton said.
Rosenbaum made four birdies each day, Rubin a total of three. They made one bogey in each round. Rubin won the same age group with Vic Gerard last year.
Club Team Championship
Most of a Bear Lakes team which won a year ago returned Friday to capture the fourth annual Club Team Championship conducted by the Palm Beach County Golf Association.
Marty Rifkin, the only new member of the two-time winning four, sank a wedge from the first fairway at Tequesta Country Club for an eagle-2 and the four members added 18 birdies and a bogey for 20 under par 122. They began at the eighth hole in a shotgun start.
Scoring was on the basis of the two best balls of the foursome on each hole. No more than one club professional was permitted on each team, the others being regular club members.
Mike Weeks had six birdies, D.J. Morris and Rifkin five apiece and John Pickett III added three. Weeks, Morris and Pickett were joined by Darryl Osler last year for a winning score of 131 at The Wanderers Club.
“We all played pretty well,” said Weeks, the membership director at Bear Lakes. “We had at least two balls in position for birdies on just about every hole, but rarely more than two.”
Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Four Ball
Six players with multiple victories in Palm Beach County Golf Association play were age group winners Sunday in the 34th annual Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Four-Ball tournament at Trump National-Jupiter.
Jared Meyers of North Palm Beach, who now has won seven PBCGA titles, and Deron Zendt (6) of Jupiter, won the open division for players 49 and younger, closing with a four-ball stroke play round of 66 for 198. They made nine birdies Sunday, 22 with four bogeys in 54 holes. They birdied the first two holes Sunday to break a second round tie.
Jimmy Key (11) of Palm Beach Gardens and Marty Rifkin (6) of Jupiter led all the way in the senior division, ages 50-59, after opening with a scramble score of 60. They shot 70 Sunday, their highest score of the week, for 197. In 54 holes they made 23 birdies and four bogeys.
The super seniors for players 60 and older was won by Don Edwards (7) or Hobe Sound and Paul Quigley (5) of Tequesta. They had 16 birdies and five birdies for the distance, including 70 the final round for 205. Quigley won the super seniors flight in the Palm Beach International, a Stableford points event in March at Martin Downs.
John Wegmann of Southwest Ranches, playing tournament golf for the first time since October on a course he had never seen, fired a four under par 67 Thursday to win the 18th annual Senior Classic conducted by the Palm Beach County Golf Association.
Beginning at the fifth hole in a shotgun start, Wegmann, 51, hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation and made two birdies on each nine, at Nos. 12, 13, 3 and 4, on the North course at Fountains Country Club. At the par-3 18th, he two-putted from the back fringe, some 50 feet away. “I was long all day,” he said after winning the 50-59 age group by two strokes.
Other flight winners were Pat Vincelli of Stuart, 60-69, and Jim Byer, Lantana, 70-older. Vincelli edged Bill O’Keefe of Lake Worth with an eight-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, the short 18th, after they tied at 71. Byer also shot 71 to win the oldest flight by a stroke.
It was the third PBCGA title for Wegmann, the second for both Vincelli and Byer. John Wegmann’s older brother, Peter, now 57, won overall honors in 2011 on the adjacent South course at the sixth extra hole of a playoff with David Abell. Peter was unable to play Thursday because of knee injuries, John said.
Vincelli made two birdies and as many bogeys. Byer had four of each. Vincelli, 69, became the oldest player to win the Minnesota Senior Match Play last summer when it was played on his home course, Bracketts Crossing in Lakeville, Minn.
The "Pricey Par 3"
Two teams tied for first in the third annual “Pricey” Par 3 Shootout staged by the Palm Beach County Golf Association Friday afternoon at Jupiter Dunes Golf Club. Even at five under par 49, four-ball stroke play, were Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach and John Powers of Delray Beach with Robbie Dew of Palm Beach Gardens and Lenny Loyd of Port St. Lucie. All four have won PBCGA titles in the past.
It is the third straight year that teams have tied at the top, the first time co-champions were declared.
Fathauer, a regular on the PGA Tour and a former PBCGA junior champion, had four birdies, Powers two and both birdied the 10th hole. Dew made six birdies and he and Loyd made one team bogey.
World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price of Jupiter Island and his son Greg tied for third at 50 among the 23 twosomes in the starting lineup.
Palm Beach International
John Reynolds of Palm Beach Gardens, Darryl Osler of West Palm Beach and Paul Quigley of Jupiter were the age group winners Sunday in the 14th annual Palm Beach International golf tournament on the Osprey Creek course at Martin Downs Country Club.
Reynolds, a former golfer at the Benjamin School, graduating in 1984, and Duke University (1989) who returned to the game last year, scored his first victory in Palm Beach County Golf Association play, winning the 49-and-younger flight with 80 Stableford points, the highest total of the weekend.
Reynolds added 37 points to Saturday’s 43, which shared the first round lead. He made six birdies each day, five bogeys Saturday, one on Sunday. “I hit the ball well both days but didn’t putt as well today” the 48-year-old real estate salesman said after the final round.
Osler, 54, had Sunday’s best point total, 45, for 75 to come from eight points behind to win the senior division for 50-59 year olds. “I just got a new set of clubs and couldn’t control my distances in the wind Saturday, never made a birdie,” Osler said. “But there wasn’t any wind today and I was able to judge the yardages better…went after it…hit driver on ever hole,” except the par-3s.
It was Osler’s seventh PBCGA victory since 2005. In 2010, he was the low amateur and sixth overall in the Palm Beach County Open at the Banyan Golf Club of Palm Beach.
Quigley won his flight for the second time, the 60-older age group, with 34-38—72. It was his fifth PBCGA victory. He also has earned a host of state and regional senior amateur titles in New England.
There were 57 players, 27 in the open division, 21 seniors and 9 super seniors. Next on the PBCGA tournament schedule: Friday, Pricey Par 3, Jupiter Dunes GC, and April 2, Senior Classic, Fountains CC, Lake Worth. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.