Mike McCoy, Rick Woulfe win titles at Crane Cup
PALM CITY, Florida (Nov 16, 2014) – Mike McCoy
Des Moines , Iowa , went double bogey-bogey-
on the 18th hole Sunday. But as disastrous as
sounds, it was just enough for the 2013 US Mid-
Amateur champion to win the fourth annual
Cup golf tournament at Floridian.
That’s because Patrick Christovich of New
McCoy’s playing partner all day, made bogey-
double bogey on the same three trips around the
The first pair of misplays allowed Christovich to
catch McCoy on the 54th hole at 69-208. They
started the final round tied at three under par
Both bogeyed 18 the second time through, the
playoff hole, then Christovich went from hazard
trees to the front of the green to hitting the
and caroming away about four inches.
That putt for double being a given though
concessions are not part of a stroke play
tournament, McCoy got down quicker if not
with driver, 4-iron, a 70-yard wedge shot and a
three putts from 40 feet including a four-foot
“Imagine that, double bogey-bogey-bogey finish
still win,” McCoy said. “And I hadn’t made a
all day.” He had four birdies Sunday, five
enroute to 67, “and a bunch of birdies and a
bogeys” in Friday’s opening round of 72, he said.
The finish was similar in a way but with a
outcome to the second Crane Cup in January,
before the tournament was changed to the end
year a November ago. In the early-season event
2013, Christovich butchered the final hole of
regulation, then birdied 18 as the first playoff
edge Todd Burgan of Knoxville , Tenn. , after
had tied at 211.
Aaron Hickman of Tyler , Texas , was the only
player in contention at the end Sunday with 67-
Colby Harwell of Waco , Texas , the mid-
winner a year ago, by nine strokes at 206,
at 217 this year.
In the senior division, Rick Woulfe of Fort
won his third straight tournament. After a pair of
69s, Woulfe made a birdie and a bogey on each
Sunday for 71-209. He totaled nine birdies and
bogeys the first two rounds and won by three
“I played well all weekend but I really played
today,” said Woulfe, who turns 65 in two weeks.
just missed a bunch of putts today.”
Woulfe and Gordon Marshall of Sarasota won the
Florida State Senior Four-Ball in October at Sara
CC in Sarasota , then 10 days ago, Woulfe
the Society of Seniors Championship at Quail
CC in Boynton Beach . Next on his calendar in
for four or five in a row will be the Society of
Seniors’ Ralph Bogart Memorial, Dec. 8-10 at
Jonathan’s Landing GC at Old Trail, Jupiter, and
Dixie Amateur, senior division, Dec. 12-14 at
Bay GC, Coral Springs.
Doug Hanzel of Savannah , Ga. , was second on
Duke Delcher of Beaufort , S.C. , the winner last
year in a playoff at 211, shot 221 this weekend.
The Crane Cup drew 50 players in the mid-
division, ages 25-54, and 30 seniors, 55 and
Woulfe topped a leaderboard that looks like a
"who's-who" of senior amateur golf, as the next
three names included
the last two years' winners of the USGA Senior
(this year's winner Pat Tallent in 4th,
2013 champ Doug Hanzel in 2nd) along
with Chip Lutz in third place.
-- story courtesy Treasure Coast Newspapers