HOBE SOUND, Fla. (June 6, 2010) – R.J. Nakashian of Palm Beach Gardens, playing the Medalist Golf Club for the first time despite several invitations over the years, was the winner Sunday in the 14th annual Tire Kingdom/Palm Beach County Stroke Play Championship.
Nakashian parred the last 10 holes for 71 to go with an opening round of 70 on Saturday for 141, winning by three strokes. It was his 11th Palm Beach County Golf Association victory dating back to the County Amateur in 2004, including the Stroke Play for the third time, all in even-number years: 2006, 2008 and in ’10.
“I’ve known Buddy (Antonopoulos, director of golf) for a long time and he has invited me up here several times,” Nakashian said, “but I never took advantage of it. It’s a tough course that really wears on you. Every tee shot is tough.”
In 36 holes, Nahashian made nine birdies, six on Saturday, two bogeys each day and a double bogey the first round.
Dean Stokes of Palm Beach Gardens was second, closing with 73-144. Brant Peaper of Tequesta, a rising sophomore at Indiana University, shot the low score of the weekend, a 69 Sunday, to tie for sixth among 96 entries.
“The course was in great shape for all the rain they’ve had the last few days,” said Tommy Belen, PBCGA executive director. “Some of the other courses around here were shut down for part of the weekend, but not here.” It’s the first time the PBCGA has played Medalist.
Next on the PBCGA schedule: June 19-20, Junior-Senior, Abacoa GC, Jupiter, and July 17-18, Nicklaus Junior Championship, PGA National, Champion course, Palm Beach Gardens. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.
Palm Beach County Golf Association
Tire Kingdom Stroke Play Championship
Medalist GC, Hobe Sound, Fla.
6,824 yards, par 72
R.J. Nakashian, Palm Beach Gardens, $500 70-71—141
Dean Stokes, Palm Beach Gardens, $350 71-73—144
Danny Germaine, Palm Beach Gardens, $200 75-70—145
Josh Skivington, West Palm Beach, $150 72-74—146
Robbie Wight, West Palm Beach, $125 74-73—147
Brant Peaper, Tequesta, $90 79-69—148
Martin Kenyon, Hypoluxo, $90 77-71—148
Eddie Kenny, Lake Worth, $90 72-76—148
Greg Della-Pietra, Stuart, $65 73-76—149
Steve Anderson, Hobe Sound, $65 72-77—149
Frank Babusik, Jupiter, $50 76-74—150
Andy Johncke, Palm Beach Gardens, $50 76-74—150
Andrew Goodman, Palm City, $50 72-78—150
Kenny Leech, Boca Raton, $37.50 73-78—151
Ben Adelberg, Boynton Beach, $37.50 71-80—151
Brian Sommer, Highland Beach, $30 74-78—152
Tim Hanlon, Palm Beach Gardens, $27.50 78-75—153
Artie Scott, Tequesta, $27.50 75-78—153
Stevenson Clarke, West Palm Beach, $26 78-76—154
Mike Blum, Jupiter, $23 81-74—155
Cullen de Windt, Palm City, $23 81-74—155
Adam Murchison, Palm City, $23 81-74—155
Chad Gates, Hobe Sound, $23 78-77—155
Alexander Bastidas, Lake Worth, $23 77-78—155
Colin List, Boynton Beach, $19 81-75—156
Jason Dollard, Delray Beach, $19 78-78—156
Scott Snyder, Stuart, $19 78-78—156
Kyle Henderson, West Palm Beach, $15 82-75—157
Scott Wilson, West Palm Beach, $15 81-76—157
Darryl Osler, Boca Raton, $15 79-78—157
Scott Rosa, Lake Worth, $15 79-78—157
Money listed awarded in merchandise certificates.