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Another Championship for Romo at the Wisconsin Senior Am
Ramiro Romo is a two-time Wisconsin senior champion (Times Journal photo)
Ramiro Romo is a two-time Wisconsin senior champion (Times Journal photo)

By The Journal Times

MEQUON, WI (August 29, 2017) - Recent odd-numbered years have belonged to Racine County golfers in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship.

They have been especially kind to Ramiro Romo of Norway, who won the title for the second time in four years by shooting a 1-under-par 69 Tuesday at Ozaukee Country Club.

This year’s tournament was shortened to one round. The first round, scheduled for Monday, was canceled because of inclement weather.

Romo, who won the title in 2013 at West Bend Country Club, had five birdies and four bogeys in his round. After a 1-over 36 on the front, he had three birdies and just one bogey on the back for a 2-under 33.

Romo won by two shots over three players: Rocky Sperka of New Berlin, Mike Murphy of Fitchburg and Kevin Cahill of Waukesha. Brent Wong of Franklin was fifth at 72.

Other top-25 finishers with county ties were Jim Webers of Pleasant Prairie, a former Racine Tri-Course Amateur and Racine County Open champion who tied for 10th at 74, and Paul Zarek of Burlington, the 2015 Senior Amateur champion, who tied for 17th at 75.

In the Super Seniors Division (age 65-69), Racine’s Jim Covelli tied for 10th at 78. In the Legends Division (age 70 and older), Racine’s Bruce Hansen tied for third at 74.

ABOUT THE Wisconsin Senior Amateur

This statewide 36-hole tournament, conducted for players aged 55 and older, was started in 1981 and is considered the finest senior event in the state. Competition for both gross and net awards is conducted in three different age divisions: Senior (55-64), Super-Senior (65-69) and Legends (70 & over), as well as for the overall gross and net trophies. A three-man team competition, the Sam Ruskin Cup, where players representing the same club compete for the Cup, is also held. To be eligible, players must have a WSGA Handicap Index of 16.4 or less.

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