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Hughett claims Dixie Senior Am title with strong final round
Michael Hughett (USGA photo/Chris Keane)
Michael Hughett (USGA photo/Chris Keane)

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2018) – Michael Hughett (Owasso, Okla.) rallied in the final round of the Dixie Senior Amateur to find his way back to the top of the leaderboard and claim the last major senior amateur title of 2018. Hughett ended his week at Eagle Trace Golf Club with a 4-under 68 that set up a one-shot victory.

Hughett shared the first-round lead with defending champion Doug Hanzel (Savannah, Ga.) then fell off the pace in Round 2. His final round included five birdies and just one bogey at the par-4 second.

For Hughett, the Dixie Senior title represents a solid end to a year that included a runner-up finish at the Senior Porter Cup.

T.J. Brudzinski (Columbus, Ohio) was runner-up to Hughett after also posting a final-round 68. Brudzinski got a late start with a first-round 78, but closed with rounds of 70-68.

The defending champ Hanzel was third at 2 over. Scotty Scott (Hoschton, Ga.), who had a final-round 67 that was the best round of the week, was fourth at 4 over.

Second-round leader Joe Shaktman (Coral Springs, Fla.) fell to sixth, one shot behind Ken Kinkopf (Jupiter, Fla.) in fifth.

In the super senior division, Edward Turner of Richardson, Texas capped off a seven-shot victory with a final-round 75.

Results: Dixie Senior & Mid-Master
1OKMichael HughettOwasso, OK40074-73-68=215
2OHT.J. BrudzinskiColumbus, OH25078-70-68=216
3GADoug HanzelSavannah, GA15074-74-70=218
4GAScotty ScottHoschton, GA15080-73-67=220
5FLKen KinkopfJupiter, FL15076-72-74=222

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ABOUT THE Dixie Senior & Mid-Master

The senior version of the Dixie Amateur Championship has added a Mid-Master division starting in 2019. 54-hole stroke play event with no cut. Mid-Master (ages 40- 54), Senior (ages 55-64) and Super Senior (65+) Divisions. The final round will be a Shotgun start. The tournament has long drawn some of the country's top senior golfers to South Florida -- Doug Hanzel (2013-2014, 2017); Brady Exber (2012); and Rick Woulfe (an amazing 7 titles, his latest in 2015) are among the past champions. All three rounds are contested at the TPC Eagle Trace.

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