WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2014) –- Derron Peyton of Boynton Beach, Peter Wegmann of Fort Lauderdale and Vic Gerard of Palm Beach Gardens were the winners of three age groups Sunday in the 18th annual Tire Kingdom Stroke Play Championship conducted by the Palm Beach County Golf Association at the Banyan Golf Club of Palm Beach.
Peyton, 20, a rising junior on the Florida Atlantic University golf team, won the open division for players 49 and younger with 71-70—141, overtaking first round leader Daniel Eggertsson of Royal Palm Beach, who shot 69-73—142. It was Peyton’s second straight win following the Harmony Intercollegiate in March near St. Cloud.
“I played solid today, two birdies and no bogeys,” Peyton said. He saved par-4 at the ninth hole with a 30-yard flop shot over a bunker to within five feet, then two-putted for par from 25 feet at the 18th for the victory.
Eggertsson, the 2011 Palm Beach County Amateur champion, led Peyton by two starting the final round but took eight at the par-5 first hole Sunday after scoring an eagle there Saturday. Eggertsson fought back with an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole and five birdies on the back nine, the last one at the par-4 18th when he holed out from a greenside bunker, forcing Peyton to two-putt for the win.
Wegmann, 53, admitted he was “just hanging on” the last nine holes of the 50-59 age group after scoring five under par for the first 27. He closed with 39-74—142 to outlast Pete Williams of Juno Beach , who finished about 10 minutes earlier on 71-144. “I made double bogey at the second hole two days in a row,” Wegmann said. “I’ve been reading a lot of mental stuff about one shot at a time and I was even par the last six holes today.”
Gerard, 68, won his second straight PBCGA event with 75-78—153 in the 60-older division. He teamed with Mark Rubin of Coconut Creek to capture the super seniors flight of the Senior Four-Ball a week ago. “I shot 41-37 today and I was five shots behind at one time,” he said. “But Rick had a really bad back nine.” A Banyan member, Rick Westwood led Gerard 74-75 after the first round but finished second with 81-155.
There were 84 starters. Next on the PBCGA schedule: Friday, ESPN Challenge, The Falls CC, and June 11, Senior Classic, The Dye Preserve. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.PBCGA.org.
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