PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (September 26, 2009)--Tim Cox used improved putting to win the Palm Beach County Senior Amateur Championship for the third time in the last eight years. The leader by four strokes after opening with 67, Cox birdied the first, third and fifth holes Saturday enroute to 70-137, winning by seven at Eastpointe Country Club.

“I usually don’t putt very well,” said Cox, 57, an attorney from Palm Beach Gardens, “but I putted well both days here,” with 10 birdies and three bogeys in 36 holes. “Plus, with the back problems I’ve been having, I’ve switched to playing a fade instead of a hook and that’s gone pretty well, too.”

Marc Rosenbaum of Hollywood, the two-time defending champion, was a distant second at 144 on a pair of 72s.

Cox’s previous County Senior victories were in 2002 and 2004. His next objective may be a record-equaling fourth title. Previous four-time winners were Bill Whitaker, in 1981, 1983-84 and 1986; and Clyde Gibson of Hobe Sound, who won in 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1998. Gibson has earned a record 23 Palm Beach County Golf Association events since 1985. He was inducted into the PBCGA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Net winners Saturday were Tom Fiocchi, Palm Beach Gardens, 50-64, 1 42, and Mel Hirsch, Palm Beach Gardens, 65-up, 135. There were 80 entries.

Next on the PBCGA tournament schedule: Oct. 2-4, Mid-Amateur Match Play, Jonathan’s Landing GC at Old Trail; and Oct. 17-18, Junior-Senior, Abacoa GC. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.

Palm Beach County Golf Association 30th annual Senior Amateur Championship Eastpointe CC, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Ages 50-64, 6,570 yards, par 72 (top 10):
Tim Cox, Palm Beach Gardens 67-70—137
Marc Rosenbaum, Hollywood 72-72—144
Pete Williams, Juno Beach 71-74—145
Dann Merrell, West Palm Beach 80-67—147
Scott Blasie, Lake Worth 74-73—147
Tom Fiocchi, Palm Beach Gardens 75-73—148
Lee King, Stuart 73-75—148
Mark Rubin, Miami Beach 76-73—149
Larry Monteith, Jupiter 75-74—149
John Sanford, Jupiter 73-76—149

Ages 65-older, 6,150 yards, par 72 (top 5):
Don Edwards, Hobe Sound 80-73—153
Ed Cooke, Indiantown 79-75—154
Bill Erwin, Palm Beach Gardens 80-76—156
Bob Brown, Jupiter 78-78—156
Terry Louis, Palm Beach Gardens 79-78—156

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