FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2007)-- Jay Blumenfeld of Parsippany, N.J., held off former champion Spencer Sappington of Alpharetta, Ga., during the final round Thursday to win the 25th annual Society of Seniors Championship at Fiddlesticks Country Club.
Blumenfeld two-putted for birdie at the par-5 18th hole on the Long Mean course for 72-285, winning by two strokes. He had birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 16th and 17th. Overall, Blumenfeld made four birdies and as many bogeys Thursday.
Sappington birdied the last two holes for 69-287. His birdie putt at the 15th hole was inches short and at 16 it spun out of the hole.
"At least I was able to put some heat on him at the end," Sappington said. "Just not enough."
Sappington 64, won the championship in 2003 at Casino Magic and The Oaks, two courses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast which were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Tied for third at 288 were Don Marsh of Alpharetta, Ga., 2001 winner Jerry Greenbaum of Atlanta and defending champion Rick Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale. Marsh eagled the par-5 fourth hole and added four birdies and a bogey for 67; Greenbaum shot 68 on five birdies and a bogey; and Woulfe closed with 69 on four birdies and a bogey. Woulfe opened with 79 but was seven par under the last two days.
Making his second start in the championship, Blumenfeld turns 56 on Nov. 2. He was eighth a year ago at 289, seven behind Woulfe, when the tournament was held two weeks later at Quail Ridge in Boynton Beach.
"It's a wonderful group to play with, fellows I've known for many years," said Blumenfeld, who has a life and health insurance business. "I hit a lot of greens the first and third rounds, for a pair of 69's on the Wee Friendly course. I didn't hit as many greens today"
He shot 75 the second day at Long Mean.
Blumenfeld was the New Jersey State Golf Association player of the year in 2006 and also won the Met GA's Senior Amateur. Earlier this year, he qualified for match play in the U.S. Mid-Amateur.
The Dale Morey division for Society members 55 to 64 drew 89 entries with 81 posting 72-hole scores. The John Owens Super Seniors flight, ages 65-and-older, completed 54 holes Wednesday with Charles McClaskey of Elkton, Md., winning for the second year in a row at par 216.