PALATKA, FL (March 13, 2016)--A trio of players have a
two stroke lead heading into the final round at the
Senior Azalea Amateur played at the Palatka Golf Club.
Randy Elliot (Winter Park, FL), John Fritz
(Charlotte, NC) and Doug Hanzel (Savannah, GA) have
all posted a two day total of 2-over.
Elliot the first round leader, who finished third here
last year, followed an opening round 69, up with a day
Fritz, who tied for sixth earlier this year at the
Kingsway Senior Invitational, was the only player
amongst the leaders to finish under-par shooting a 1-
Hanzel has been steady both days shooting a pair
of 71's. The Savannah native is the defending
tournament champion. This is just Hanzel's second ranking
tournament of the year following a tie for third
at last weeks Jones Cup.
Five players enter the final day two behind, while
another two rest just three off the pace.
Round One Results
Randy Elliott, of Winter Park, Florida, shot a 69 on
the first day of the Senior Azalea Amateur to lead the
Elliott plays a fairly heavy schedule of major
senior events. He finished in the top
5 four times last year, including a third place finish at
the Florida Senior Azalea. And just last week, Elliott
took 12th at the Jones Cup Senior in Georgia.
Giving chase are two other accomplished seniors,
Vance Antoniou (Barrington, Illinois) and Robert
Cunningham (St. Cloud, Florida). The duo is tied for
second place after posting rounds of even-par 70
Doug Hanzel and Bill Zylstra are in a fourth-place tie
after opening with 71. Hanzel is not only the
defending champion here, he was the 2015 Senior
Player-of-the-Year in the AmateurGolf.com Senior
Rankings with four big wins. In 2013 the
Savannah-based doctor of pulmonology won the U.S.
Senior Amateur. Talented guy!