2015 champ Stephen Anderson (FSGA photo)
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Inclement weather shortened the 2015 Florida Mid-Senior Championship to two rounds and a four-way playoff on Sunday to crown Stephen Anderson victorious.
After the second suspension of the day round three was cancelled and the four players tied for the lead, Stephen Anderson, Glenn Przybyiski, RJ Nakashian, and Edward Kenny waited patiently for the rain to subside enough for a sudden death playoff to determine the Champion.
After waiting almost four hours, the River Course at Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club was ready for the playoff. The four players headed to the par five 17th hole ready to fight for a win. All four players hit their tee shots down the left side of the fairway in good position to hit the green in two shots.
Defending Champion, Nakashian, of Palm Beach Gardens stepped up to his second shot and dunked it in the water. Kenny landed just short of the green while Glenn, from Frankfort, IL found the bunker left of the green on their second shots.
Anderson, who was happy to be in play after hitting his tee shot on the 17th hole out of bounds in round one, pulled out a fairway wood and rolled his second shot through the green to the back bunker.
R J, who won the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship (South) as Anderson’s partner, proceeded to take a drop and finish the hole with a bogey. When asked how it felt to play against his four-ball partner Anderson said the two were able to joke about the experience because they “have played a lot of golf together”.
Kenny, of Lake Worth hit his chip shot to about 12 feet and lipped out for birdie making a par. Glenn put his long bunker shot 25 feet from the hole and missed his putt to finish with a par. Anderson stuck his bunker shot to eight feet and sunk his putt for a birdie and the Championship win!
Stephen Anderson can add the 2015 Mid-Senior Championship to his list of FSGA accomplishments. Anderson was the 2010 and 2011 Amateur Player of the Year and Mid-Amateur Champion. This year he won the Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship (South) with partner R J Nakashian.
Reflecting on his play during the Championship Anderson stated he “drove the ball well, especially on the first day” and his best golf was played during round one. With rounds of 67-69 and a playoff birdie Anderson earned his second Championship win of 2015!
To be eligible for the Mid-Senior Championship, players must be 40 years of age or older. Each player played 18-holes each on the River Course and the Harbor Course. After 36-holes 63 players made the cut at 152 (+9) or better. The playoff was conduced on the River Course.
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