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South Carolina Senior: Palmer in Sudden Death

Bluffton, SC (May 15-17, 2007) -- Bill Palmer birdied the last hole of regulation and then made par on the first playoff hole to capture the 2007 SCGA Senior Championship. Charleston native, Frank Ford III shot a final round 69 to force the event into extra holes.

Palmer, a Bluffton resident, shot a final round of 74, including an amazing 30 foot putt on the last hole to shoot a three day total of 218. When Palmer came off the 15th green he had a one shot lead over Ford, but two costly bogies on both 16 & 17 left the Belfair member one back coming into the tough 18th hole. Having to make birdie to get into a playoff, Palmer knocked his approach just off the fringe hole high left and then knocked in the fast 30 foot putt for the tie.

The playoff, contested on hole #18 and in the rain, was won with a routine two putt par by Palmer after a three putt bogey by Ford. This is the second consecutive year that Palmer has been part of playoff, losing to David Hambly in 2006 at Belfair Plantation.

The 2007 SCGA Senior Championship was played on the par 72 - 6,783 yard Nicklaus course at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, SC. The field consisted of 132 players over the age of 55 and was cut to the low 60 and ties after the first two days of play. 64 players made the cut at 163 or better. The Senior Championship is one of 18 Major Championships conducted by the South Carolina Golf Association and is in its 49th year of existence.

Full Results:

Pos Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot  
1st Palmer, Bill (Bluffton) 74 70 74 218  
2nd Ford, III, Frank (Charleston) 72 77 69 218  
t-3rd Vignati, Joe (Bluffton) 73 75 75 223  
t-3rd Pachol, Steve (Columbia) 76 78 69 223  
t-3rd Rogers, Wayne (Easley) 76 74 73 223  
6th Korzen, Dick (Aiken) 73 79 74 226  
7th Spencer, Gene (Blythewood) 73 73 81 227  
t-8th Spadafora, Bill (Bluffton) 73 79 76 228  
t-8th Shimmin, Gary (Okatie) 74 78 76 228  
t-8th Smunk, Bill (Kingstree) 75 78 75 228  
t-8th Alchermes, Brian (Columbia) 76 75 77 228  
t-8th Stringer, Bob (Blythewood) 79 78 71 228  
13th Humphrey, Tom (Okatie) 81 74 74 229  
t-14th Patti, Jim (Bluffton) 75 76 79 230  
t-14th Edwards, Linnwood (Spartanburg) 81 74 75 230  
t-14th Wise, James (Columbia) 74 78 78 230  
t-14th Ford, Tommy (Mt. Pleasant) 77 79 74 230  
  Barber, William (Pawley's Island) 74 74 83 231  
  Guise, Keith (Okatie) 76 76 79 231  
  Hambly, Dave (Bluffton) 77 77 77 231  
  Daniels, Michael (Murrells Inlet) 81 74 76 231  
  Hammersla, Bob (Greenville) 77 75 80 232  
  Callahan, Ron (Little Mountain) 71 81 80 232  
  Hannon, Vic (Camden) 77 76 79 232  
  Benenhaley, Harry (Columbia) 76 81 75 232  
  Mahaffey, Randy (Spartanburg) 76 76 80 232  
  Hines, Robert (Greer) 77 76 79 232  
  Dollenberg, Eric (Hilton Head) 75 75 82 232  
  Padgette, Joe (N. Charleston) 76 83 74 233  
  Weiner, Mike (Kiawah Island) 81 74 78 233  
  Oxner, Freddie (W. Columbia) 80 79 74 233  
  Azar, Doug (Okatie) 82 75 77 234  
  Verity, Jon (Beaufort) 77 82 75 234  
  Cisle, Dan (Elgin) 79 78 77 234  
  Sullivan, Heyward (Greenville) 78 78 79 235  
  Hamilton, Jimmy (Aiken) 79 76 80 235  
  Thiess, Albert (Bluffton) 78 82 76 236  
  York, Mo (Isle of Palms) 81 76 79 236  
  Kasler, Tom (Florence) 81 79 76 236  
  Thrasher, Rick (Callawassie Island) 78 78 80 236  
  Robinson, Joe (Rock Hill) 79 82 77 238  
  Dean, Danny (Hollywood) 78 79 81 238  
  Hourihan, Joe (Clover) 79 81 79 239  
  Turner, Richard (Columbia) 78 81 80 239  
  Pruet, Earl (N. Charleston) 82 77 80 239  
  Lever, Tommy (Greer) 83 77 79 239  
  Ebert, James (Aiken) 85 76 79 240  
  Wright, Raleign (Bluffton) 80 81 79 240  
  Thompson, Edward (Kiawah Island) 82 77 81 240  
  Williams, Vince (Columbia) 81 80 79 240  
  Emory, Mike (Lake Wylie) 81 77 82 240  
  Morris, Urquit (Charleston) 80 79 82 241  
  Sheehan, Patrick (Mt. Pleasant) 81 80 81 242  
  Walker, Nick (Aiken) 77 86 79 242  
  Maxfield, Gerard (Aiken) 82 78 82 242  
  Roberts, Thad (Landrum) 78 85 80 243  
  Bankes, Dub (Aiken) 83 76 85 244  
  Herndon, David (Lexington) 81 82 83 246  
  White, Tommy (Columbia) 81 82 86 249  
  Western, Bill (Aiken) 82 81 90 253  
  Frazier, Jamie (Winnsboro) 77 85 0 162 DNS
  Leigh, Buck (Columbia) 81 80 0 161 DQ
  Burgess, Jim (Kingstree) 80 83 0 163 NC
  Bell, Tommy (Hilton Head) 79 79 0 158 WDI

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