Sappington Wins 2nd Georgia Super Senior

CUMMING, GA (April 15, 2010)--Spencer Sappington of Milton shot a final-round, even-par 72 to hold on to the lead and win the third annual Georgia Super Senior Championship, his second such title in three years. The event took place at Polo Golf and Country Club, April 14-15.

Sappington totaled 1-under 143 and outlasted his close friend Don Marsh of Alpharetta, who fired a 1-under-par 71 to finished runner-up, two strokes back. Charles Mckeever of Dunwoody carded the low round of the Championship – 2-under 70 – to place third at 146. Bill Ploeger of Columbus and Stephen Schwartz of Savannah tied for fourth at 147.

First-flight competitor Nick Kirkland of Snellville, who shared the first-round lead with Sappington, turned in a final-round 78 to drop to sixth place at 149. Second-flight winner Ron Savastano of Roswell shot a 72 to tie for seventh overall with Frank Costanzo of Savannah at 150. Richard Tatum of Atlanta and Tom Toombs of Perry rounded out the top 10, tying for ninth place at 152.

Marsh, playing in the final group with Sappington and Schwartz, trailed the leaders by three strokes entering the final round. He made up one stroke over the front nine with two birdies and just one bogey, while Sappington had two bogeys to go with two birdies.

Marsh started the back nine bogey-birdie-bogey to drop back to a three-stroke deficit. With Sappington staying steady with pars, Marsh scrambled for birdies on 15 and 17 to pull to within one stroke going into the final hole. Both players missed the green on their approach shots, with Sappington coming up just a bit short of the green and Marsh finding the hill separating the green from a pond. His chip shot then flew past the hole, while Sappington’s chip rolled to within three feet for the par putt. Marsh read the green well on his tricky downhill comeback putt, but the ball stopped just a bit short and he finished with bogey, giving Sappington the two-shot margin of victory.

Sappington won the inaugural Super Senior Championship in 2008 at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta. He is a four-time past Georgia Senior Champion.

Other flight leaders include Paul Cobb Jr. of Norcross in the third (155), Michael Towson of Savannah and John Salviski of Alpharetta in the fourth (159), James Hewatt of Kennesaw in the fifth (164) and Ernie Drew of Kennesaw in the sixth (167).

Polo Golf and Country Club played to 6,107 yards and a par 72.

The Georgia Super Senior Championship is conducted by the Georgia State Golf Association. Entries were open to male amateur golfers who are GSGA members who are at least 65 years old. The field of 63 players was divided into seven flights by handicap. The Championship format was 36 holes of stroke play over two days.

Founded in 1916, the Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) received its official charter on June 24, 1924. Since that date, the GSGA has grown to one of the largest state amateur golf associations in the country, with over 355 member clubs and 85,000 individual members. With a mission to promote and preserve amateur golf in the state of Georgia, GSGA offers a computerized handicapping service, course rating and measuring, and annually conducts a full schedule of statewide competitions for men and women of all age groups. Other services include a summer-long junior sectional program, award-winning Golf Georgia magazine, membership recognition and rewards programs and a charitable foundation administering two college scholarship programs.

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