DADE CITY, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2007)-- Richard Kerper and Paul Royak won the 40-54 age division of the first event of the 2007-2008 FSGA Winter Series at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City. Brian Hawke and Jim Whittemore claimed the 55-64 age division as Russ Berkoben and Bruce Rotte captured the 65 and over age division at this four-ball event on December 3-4.
Richard Kerper, of Safety Harbor, and Paul Royak, from Tampa, topped the 40-54 age division by seven strokes. After a first round 68, the pair had a two stroke lead heading into the final round of play. In the final round, Kerper aced the 14th hole from 146 yards to contribute to the team’s 67 and the win with a 135 total.
Two teams finished with a tournament total of 142 including the Miami duo of Samuel Martinez and Jose Novo. Martinez, who won two individual events last season to lead the division points list, and Novo shot a 70-72. AJ Kroeger, from Apopka, and Fred Stones, of Orlando, also shot a 142 with a pair of 71’s.
In the 55-64 age division, Brian Hawke and Jim Whittemore, both from Temple Terrace, edged out the field to win by one stroke. Hawke and Whittemore posted a 67 in the first round and held on with a 71 in the final round. The Dade City team of David Eddy and Gary Pettit placed second just one stroke shy of the Champions. Eddy and Pettit shot rounds of 71-68—139 for second place.
Russ Berkoben and Bruce Rotte captured the 65 and over age division recording a tournament total of 135. The Naples team shot consistent rounds of 68-67 to win the division by four strokes. Jim DuBois and Bob Rogoff, both of Coral Springs, took second place carding a 71-68—139. DuBois and Rogoff won the Super Senior division of the 2007 Senior Four-Ball Championship.
The Winter Series events include nine competitions, six individual events and three four-ball events. There are three age divisions, Mid-Senior (40-54), Senior (55-64) and Super Senior (65 & over). The Winter Series is a great opportunity for golfers to compete in competitive events who normally may not because they do not live in Florida year round.