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Playoff Win for Mikkelsen at Coleman

- story courtesy Randy Haag

JUNO BEACH, Florida (April 24, 2010) -- There are few golfing experiences quite like playing at Seminole in Juno Beach, Florida, where for 19 years fortunate amateurs have had the pleasure to play this awesome course in quite unique conditions. When you gather 80 of the best amateurs in the country and play a 6,787 yard course in light winds you would expect some low scores -- not at Seminole. As with Pine Valley, words do little justice to just how accurate you need to be while playing this Donald Ross gem. Ben Hogan once said "If you can play Seminole, you can play any course in the world."

There will be times when you think you’ve hit the perfect shot (even a sand wedge from 60 yards) only to watch your ball roll off the side of a green into a very deep green side bunker. The slope at Seminole is 139 with a 73.6 rating, but again this is a very tough test of golf, both mentally and physically.

Congratulations go out to former Georgia Tech player Kris Mikkelsen who defeated Dennis Kavelman and R.J. Nakashian in a three hole playoff. On the senior side Pat Tallent had the low round of the day with a 74 to outlast two-time Walker Cup Captain and US Senior Amateur Champion Buddy Marucci by two shots.

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Final results from the George L. Coleman Invitational, played April 23-25 at Seminole Golf Club follow:

MID-AM DIVISION        
SENIOR DIVISION        
Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
Kris Mikkelsen 72 76 71 219
*
Buddy Marucci 67 74 81 222
R.J. Nakashian 77 66 76 219
Rick Woulfe 73 71 80 224
Dennis Kavelman 71 75 73 219
Patrick Tallent 69 77 74 220
Tim Jackson 72 70 78 220
Mike Rice 75 72 80 227
Mike McCoy 76 73 72 221
Chip Lutz 69 78 78 225
Jon Veneziano 72 75 75 222
Jim Holtgrieve 77 71 76 224
Michael Barbosa 72 74 77 223
Chris Maletis 75 73 80 228
Steve Hudson 75 73 76 224
Joseph Keller 74 75 81 230
Gene Elliott 73 75 76 224
Robert Lewis, Jr. 72 78 77 227
Roger Newsom 73 76 75 224
Bill Argabrite 75 76 77 228
Scott Rowe 73 71 82 226
Alan Fadel 77 76 78 231
Keith Decker 73 75 78 226
David Brookreson 77 76 81 234
Gary Nicklaus 71 77 78 226
Gayle Sanchez 76 77 78 231
Kelly Miller 76 75 75 226
A.B. Sisco 75 78 84 237
Bryan Norton 76 80 71 227
Jack Vardaman 78 76 79 233
Randy Haag 73 77 78 228
Jim Graham 76 78 80 234
Stephen Anderson 72 79 77 228
John McKey 79 76 91 246
Trent Brown 72 78 80 230
Robin McCool 79 76 75 230
Stephen Summers 71 77 83 231
Doug Farr 77 78 85 240
Craig Doell 73 78 80 231
Danny Yates 79 77 84 240
Steve White, Jr. 77 76 78 231
Tom Case 77 79 81 237
Steve Harwell 76 75 81 232
Bill Zylstra 80 77 80 237
David Nelson 80 76 76 232
Jim Searle 80 77 79 236
Carlton Forrester 80 74 79 233
Vinny Giles 73 84 79 236
Christopher Reeves 76 78 79 233
Greg Reynolds 78 80 78 236
David Roschman 78 77 78 233
Robert Vallis 80 79 84 243
Roger Hoit 74 75 85 234
James Smith 80 79 82 241
Grady Brame 73 77 84 234
Bill Heldmar 78 82 82 242
Bill McGuinness 81 75 79 235
Frank Ford III 83 78 79 240
Justin Schulte 76 77 83 236
Harcourt Kemp 79 82 83 244
Bill Hadden, III 81 72 84 237
Dan Hearon 78 83 84 245
Kevin Hammer 76 79 83 238
Steve Earsley 81 82 79 242
Greg Rohlf 79 78 81 238
Pinky Pelham 79 84 87 250
Nathaniel Crosby 78 78 84 240
Joe Sommers 85 79 85 249
Walker Taylor 79 81 83 243
Gordon Brewer 82 82 79 243
Dan Crockett 84 77 83 244
John Pallin 83 81 91 255
Tom Nolan 81 83 80 244
Norman Swenson 81 83 77 241
Steve Johnson 74 86 85 245
Steve Smyers 80 84 81 245
Frank Edwards 81 81 83 245
Jerry Greenbaum 88 78 87 253
Byron Shumate 81 80 85 246
Walter Driver 81 85 87 253
Frank Strafaci 82 83 81 246
Ned Steiner 82 89 91 262
John Fulkerson 78 78 91 247
         
Paul Kaneb 83 79 88 250
         
Peter Sheehan 85 83 82 250
         
John Pinkham 84 86 90 260
         
* won 3 hole aggregate playoff          

ABOUT THE Coleman Invitational

One of the very best amateur events all year long played on the last great private course designed by Donald Ross. The course, not long by today's standards, lies hard by the Atlantic Ocean. Oceanic winds and very fast greens give this course teeth. Ben Hogan once said "If you can play Seminole, you can play any course in the world."

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