Zylstra Captures Florida Senior Championship

BROOKSVILLE, FL (April 15, 2010)--Bill Zylstra prevailed in a play-off to win the 2010 Senior Amateur Championship as James Byer captured the Super Senior Division at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville on April 13-15.

Battling tough winds the entire week, Bill Zylstra, from Ocklawaha, the number one ranked Senior in the United States, won his first Florida State Senior Amateur Championship in a one hole playoff recording a tournament total of two-under par 214. After rounds of 73-69, Zylstra trailed the leader by two strokes heading into the final round. In the final round, Zylstra started strong making two birdies on the front nine en route to carding a 34. Heading to the 18th hole, Zylstra was tied for the lead with Pat Vincelli, of Stuart. Both players missed the green and had difficult up and downs. Vincelli’s putt on the 18th hole just grazed the edge and he tapped in for bogey, and Zylstra failed to get up and down. Both players would go to a sudden death play-off on the 18th hole. After both players missed the green, Zylstra hit his chip shot to five feet to have an uphill putt as Vincelli hit his chip shot to eight feet. After Vincelli missed his putt, Zylstra made his putt for the victory. Zylstra said, “I have won many tournaments but this is my first Florida Senior Championship and it is very special to me.” Pat Vincelli, from Stuart, finished in second place after losing in the play-off. Vincelli carded rounds of 69-72-73. Kim Schwencke, from Temple Terrace, finished alone in third place with a tournament total of 216.

In the Super Senior Division, James Byer, from Lantana, captured the title with a tournament total of 218 for the three days. Byer shot rounds of 71-73 to share the lead heading into the final round. Starting on the 10th hole in the final round, Byer played solid carding an even par 36 on the front nine with one birdie and one bogey. On the front, Byer struggled on his first four holes by going four over par; after making birdie on the fifth hole, Byer birdied the seventh hole and finished with two pars to capture the title by two strokes. This is Byer’s first Super Senior Championship. Second round co-leader and Defending Champion Brian Sachs, from Newberry, tied for second place with Robert Martin, of Fort Lauderdale, with a tournament total of 220. Sachs carded rounds of 72-72-76, while Martin carded rounds 71-78-71.

Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted in 2005. While 50 players earned exempt status through a variety of different means, more than 360 participants attempted to qualify at one of eight sites across the state, as competitors played 18 holes of stroke play hoping to advance to the Championship. Participants must be 55 or older to participate in the Championship and enter one of the age divisions, 55-64 and 65 & over. Players who advanced to the Championship compete in 54 holes of stroke play with a cut after 36 holes.

Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club, Brooksville, FL
April 13-15, 2010
Par 36-36
Senior Division – 6,596
Super Senior Division – 6,095

Senior Division

Bill Zylstra, Ocklawaha, FL 73-69-72--214 **First Play-off hole
Pat Vincelli, Stuart, FL 69-72-73--214
Kim Schwencke, Temple Terrace, FL 72-73-71--216
Jim Carley, Ormond Beach, FL 68-76-73--217
Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, FL 76-73-70--219
Jack Bracken, Venice, FL 73-74-75--222
Bill O'Keefe, Lake Worth, FL 71-76-76--223
Pete McDade, Lakeland, FL 77-73-73--223
Robert Hess, Casselberry, FL 73-67-83--223
Steven Sim, Fort Lauderdale, FL 73-76-74--223
Dennis Brady, Melbourne, FL 71-74-79--224
Donald Poole, Fort Myers, FL 74-75-75--224
Stan Zabytko, Port Saint Lucie, FL 76-75-73--224
Dan Smith, Naples, FL 79-71-75--225
Gordon Blakeley, Lutz, FL 74-72-79--225
Lou Paolucci, Palm Coast, FL 78-74-73--225
Mark Weston, Windermere, FL 78-73-74--225
Michael Hirsch, Orlando, FL 77-73-75--225
Robert McKnight, New Smyrna Beach, FL 74-75-76--225
Jim Wallis, Biloxi, MS 77-74-75--226
Tom Johnson, Tampa, FL 70-81-75--226
Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven, FL 74-74-79--227
Alan Diercks, Plantation, FL 80-73-75--228
Carl Nanni, Lecanto, FL 77-78-73--228
Gene Ryzewicz, Fort Myers, FL 73-77-78--228
Bob Wildner, Green Cove Springs, FL 71-81-77--229
Brian Hawke, Temple Terrace, FL 75-76-78--229
Curtis Madson, Mount Dora, FL 72-78-79--229
Denis Johnson, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 77-74-78--229
Pete Andrews, Lithia, FL 76-77-76--229
Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, IL 77-76-76--229
Roger Adams, Plant City, FL 71-81-77--229
Ronnie Tumlin, Saint Augustine, FL 75-80-75--230
Tim Cox, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 75-78-77--230
Tom Bohardt, Naples, FL 73-76-81--230
Tom Hyman, Tampa, FL 74-78-78--230
Chip Peterson, Melbourne, FL 73-80-78--231
Mark Rubin, Miami Beach, FL 77-77-77--231
Mike Walters, Tampa, FL 77-77-77--231
Ron Cleland, Naples, FL 76-72-83--231
Gary Saft, Fort Myers, FL 75-79-78--232
John King, Tampa, FL 75-79-78--232
Dennis McCosky, Venice, FL 76-79-78--233
Frank D'Entremont, Reunion, FL 76-78-79--233
John Monaco, Saint Augustine, FL 74-74-85--233
Robert Lundquist, Sanford, FL 75-80-78--233
Stephen Maddox, Lakeland, FL 73-81-79--233
Stephen Baker, Bradenton, FL 81-74-79--234
Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound, FL 78-77-79--234
Thomas Tunstall, Lakeland, FL 77-74-84--235
Murray Hixson, Sanford, FL 80-72-84--236
Jim Bounds, Boynton Beach, FL 80-75-85--240
Alasdair Cayley, Fort Myers, FL 77-78-87--242
Bob Patrick, Plymouth, MN 77-78-NC—NC

Missed Cut
Carey Watson, Fort Lauderdale, FL 76-80--156
Charles Hodges, Nokomis, FL 78-78--156
Marvin McKinley, Shalimar, FL 79-77--156
Walter Brown, Tampa, FL 80-76--156
A J Kroeger, Apopka, FL 78-79--157
Bobby Kilgore, Tampa, FL 76-81--157
George Papas, Beverly Hills, FL 77-80--157
Jim Stone, Bradenton, FL 76-81--157
John Allison, Plantation, FL 77-80--157
John Milton, Jacksonville, FL 75-82--157
Lenny Barthle, Valrico, FL 77-80--157
Ray Seemiller, Naples, FL 81-76--157
Rick Powers, Lutz, FL 79-78--157
Tim Miller, Venice, FL 77-80--157
James Burns, Naples, FL 80-78--158
Jeff Teach, Palm City, FL 83-75--158
Steve Sponder, Cooper City, FL 81-77--158
Doug Puvogel, Orlando, FL 83-76--159
Joe Knight, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 85-74--159
Keith Keister, Orlando, FL 82-77--159
Nick Kent, The Villages, FL 77-82--159
Toby Thompson, Leesburg, FL 80-79--159
Beecher Metzger, Venice, FL 82-78--160
Bob Roberts, Windermere, FL 76-84--160
John Rogers, Pace, FL 79-81--160
Tom Hendrick, Inverness, FL 81-79--160
Alan Deichler, Gainesville, FL 79-82--161
Brian Code, Tampa, FL 81-80--161
Daniel Fulmer, Marianna, FL 81-80--161
David Racicot, Boca Raton, FL 81-80--161
Jeffrey Rennert, Vero Beach, FL 81-80--161
Randy Briggs, Ocala, FL 77-84--161
Tom Keedy, Lady Lake, FL 82-79--161
Charles Kovaleski, Winter Park, FL 85-77--162
Herman Klemick, Coral Gables, FL 82-80--162
Kevin Macy, Tampa, FL 83-79--162
Michael Benham, Ocala, FL 80-82--162
Robert Hayward, Milton, FL 80-82--162
Dann Merrell, West Palm Beach, FL 81-82--163
David Dulman, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 81-82--163
Jim Hoehn, Naples, FL 81-82--163
Bob Sims, Tallahassee, FL 77-87--164
Dan Gladman, Sanford, FL 81-83--164
Jeff Abbott, Bokeelia, FL 83-81--164
Jim Flagg, Melbourne Beach, FL 84-80--164
Lee King, Stuart, FL 79-85--164
Mike Rollyson, Boca Grande, FL 81-83--164
Randolph Menton, Windermere, FL 79-85--164
Michael Sanderson, Brooksville, FL 78-87--165
Nick LaDuca, Temple Terrace, FL 83-82--165
R D Copps, Pensacola, FL 79-86--165
Leonard Carothers, Boca Raton, FL 85-81--166
Pat Monti, The Villages, FL 85-81--166
Steve Holsinger, Tequesta, FL 82-84--166
Gary Foster, Fort Lauderdale, FL 82-85--167
Jim McKenzie, Pensacola, FL 84-83—167
Stephen Besley, Winter Park, FL 84-85—169
Lloyd Meisels, Fort Lauderdale, FL 79-91--170
Tom Barnhart, Tallahassee, FL 85-86--171
Keith Pursell, Spring Hill, FL 87-86--173
John Beglay, Sarasota, FL 83-DQ--DQ
Alan Neal, Lakeland, FL 88-WD--WD
Rick Spears, Stuart, FL 81-WD--WD
Terry Swartz, Davie, FL 90-NC--NC

Super Senior Division

James Byer, Lantana, FL 71-73-74--218
Brian Sachs, Newberry, FL 72-72-76--220
Robert Martin, Fort Lauderdale, FL 71-78-71--220
Jim DuBois, Coral Springs, FL 72-75-75--222
Bob Coleman, The Villages, FL 70-77-77--224
Don Lucas, Valrico, FL 75-76-73--224
Ron Audi, Ocala, FL 78-75-72--225
Ralph Hutchins, Fort Myers, FL 73-74-79--226
David Spannbauer, Green Cove Springs, FL 78-75-74--227
Jan Blick, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 78-74-75--227
Michael Reavey, Niceville, FL 73-76-78--227
Rollie Walcott, Naples, FL 79-74-74--227
Tom Hayes, Pensacola, FL 73-78-76--227
Fred Allen, North Venice, FL 74-76-78--228
Tom Danluck, Miami, FL 75-76-77--228
Tommy Piazza, Sarasota, FL 75-77-78--230
Don Lambert, Foley, AL 74-78-79--231
Edward Craig, Orlando, FL 76-75-81--232
Ray Darmstadt, Cocoa Beach, FL 74-77-NC--NC

Missed Cut
Larry Martin, Plant City, FL 73-81--154
Shaun Donnellan, Canton, OH 76-78--154
Bill Dorece, Pompano Beach, FL 79-76--155
Carlos Salaber, Naples, FL 75-80--155
Nelson Shively, Fort Myers, FL 76-79--155
Stuart Iliffe, Coral Gables, FL 74-82--156
Gary Burkhead, Palm Beach, FL 79-78--157
Larre Barrett, Homosassa, FL 75-82--157
Bob Rogoff, Coral Springs, FL 79-79--158
Jim Wirtz, Lecanto, FL 76-82--158
Ken Couturier, Melbourne, FL 76-82--158
Peter Gill, Homosassa, FL 80-78--158
Frost Walker, Coral Gables, FL 77-82--159
Ron LeClair, Orlando, FL 79-80--159
David Hauger, Port Saint Lucie, FL 81-83--164
Richard Evenson, Estero, FL 80-84--164
Jim Applegate, Palm City, FL 78-87--165
Robert Foehl, Estero, FL 83-84--167
Joseph Underwood, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 80-NC--NC
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