National Senior Junior: It's Earsley's Team again
10 Jan 2007
see also: National Senior Junior Championship, The Dye Preserve


JUPITER, Fla. – Steve Earsley of Stuart won for the fourth time with his third different partner Wednesday at the 17th annual National Senior-Junior Amateur Team Championship at The Dye Preserve. Earsley and R.J. Nakashian of Palm Beach Gardens, teaming up for the first time in this event, closed with a scramble score of 63 for 197, winning by seven strokes. They had 68 on Monday, four-ball stroke play, and 66 on Tuesday, modified alternate shots. Tied for second at 204 were Steve Sim of Fort Lauderdale and Scott Kennedy of Pompano Beach, also posting 63 Wednesday, with Joe Keller of Osterville, Mass., and Chris Lange of Bryn Mawr, Pa., who closed with 65. Earsley was the junior member of the winning team with Bob Hullender of San Antonio, Texas, in 2000, and was the senior partner with Mike Nealy of Boca Raton in 2004-05. Nakasgian was the Palm Beach County Golf Association Player of the Year in 2006 after winning four tournaments. Earsley had one PBCGA victory in 2006. The tournament drew 46 teams, seniors 55 years and older and juniors 25-54. National Senior-Junior Amateur Team Championship The Dye Preserve, Jupiter, Fla. First round, four-ball stroke play; second round, modified alternate shots; third round, scramble 197 – Steve Earsley, Stuart, and R.J. Nakashian, Palm Beach Gardens, 68-66-63. 204 – Steve Sim, Fort Lauderdale, and Scott Kennedy, Pompano Beach, 70-71-63. Joe Keller, Osterville, Mass., and Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 60-69-65. 205 – Charles Green and Allen Barber, Bluefield, W. Va., 70-69-66. 206 – Norm Swenson and Kevin Hammer, Boynton Beach, 69-71-66. 207 – Vinny Giles, Ricmond, Va., and David Abell, Jupiter, 69-71-67. Andy Neher, Weston, Mass., and Joe Sommers, Stamford, Conn., 67-73-67. 208 – Vic Gerard and Domenic Gatto, Neptune, N.J., 70-74-64. Dan Hearon, Juno Beach, and David Roschman, Jupiter, 70-68-70. 209 – John Benson and Frank Fairman, Jupiter, 73-71-65. Ronnie Grove and Hunter Grove, Raleigh, N.C., 72-69-68. Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky., and Thomas Parker, Chapel Hill, N.C., 70-71-68.

ABOUT THE National Senior Junior

Mid Amateur, Senior Amateur. Unique 54 hole stroke play invitational features a "junior" (mid am) and a senior. There is also a Legends division that pairs legends and super seniors. Started in 1991 by some Society of Seniors members. Played on a wonderful course re-done by Pete Dye. Best Ball Format Round 1 – Pinehurst Format Round 2 – Scramble Format Round 3.

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