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Marty Rifkin and Jimmy Key combined to birdie 12 of 18 holes Friday for a scramble score of 12 under par 60 and the first round lead at Trump National-Jupiter in the 34th annual Arrigo Four-Ball Championship.
Playing in the senior division for players 50-59 years old, Rifkin, of Jupiter, and Key, of Palm Beach Gardens, birdied the first three holes, six in a row starting at No. 6, then closed with birdies at Nos. 13, 16 and 17. They saved pars at the 12th hole on Rifkin’s 15-foot putt, and with an eight foot putt at the 14th after they missed the green.
“No eagles, no bogeys,” Rifkin said, “but Jimmy made a lot of birdie putts and I made a lot of birdie putts. It’s something you can do in a scramble. Now we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” in an alternate shots event, followed by a four-ball stroke play format on Sunday.
Other leaders were Chris Hatfield and Brad Feeney of Palm Beach Gardens, open division, players 49 and younger, 62, with eight birdies on the last nine holes; and Lenny Loyd, Stuart, and Van Lefferdink, Juno Beach, super seniors, 60 and older, 63 with nine birdies. Loyd won the title with Clyde Gibson in 2003.
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.
Tour Championship presented by Tiger Woods
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Jared Meyers, Darryl Osler, Steve Sim, Dann Merrell and Peter Wegmann were the winners Saturday at the Tour Championship presented by Tiger Woods.
Meyers won the Open Division on the 8th playoff hole over Anthony Gabriele. Meyers shot 72-70--142 and Gabriele had a pair of 71's in regulation. Meyers parred the 8th hole for the victory.
JR Reynolds finished third at 69-75--144 and Jim Hyllested finished fourth at 72-76--148.
Osler won the Senior Division with rounds of 69-73--142 to win by 3 over Peter Wegmann at 68-77--145. Tied for third were Marty Rifkin (74-74--148) and John Wegmann (78-70--148).
Sim won the Super Senior Division with rounds of 74-78--152 to win by 3 over Mark Rubin at 76-79--155. Rick Meli finished third at 80-79--159 and Dann Merrell finished fourth at 82-79--161.
The Tour Championship marked the end of the year long points standings. The Bankrate Cup (open division) and Braman Cup (senior divisions) is awarded to the players who have accumulated the most points following the completion of the Tour Championship.
Jared Meyers wins the Bankrate Cup with a total of 865 points. Peter Wegmann wins the Braman Cup (Senior Division) with a total of 572.5 points and Dann Merrell wins the Braman Cup (Super Senior Division) with a total of 487.5 points. Final Points Standings
Special thanks to Chris Hubman and ETW Corp. for sponsoring the event and Mayacoo Lakes CC for hosting.Pictures from the event Final Results
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