Florida Senior Match Play: Andrews, Craig are Winners

VERO BEACH, FL (June 17, 2010)--Pete Andrews defeated Bill O’Keefe 4 and 3 to win the 5th Senior Amateur Match Play Championship as Edward Craig defeated Bob Rogoff 5 & 4 to win the Super Senior Division at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club on June 13-17.

Before starting match play, Pete Andrews, of Lithia, earned the 5th seed after posting a 74 in the seeding round. Andrews proceeded to win four matches to reserve his spot in the final match. In the Round of 32, Andrews beat Gary Saft, of Fort Myers, in 20 holes to face Angus Hewitt, from Sebastian, in the next round. Andrews beat Hewitt 6 and 4 in the Round of 16. In the quarters, Andrews defeated Pete McDade, of Lakeland, 2 and 1. In the semifinal, Andrews defeated Steve Owen, from Vero Beach, 2 up to advance to the final match versus O’Keefe. Andrews won his fifth and final match defeating Bill O’Keefe, of Lake Worth 4 and 3. In the final match Andrews took the lead after the fourth hole to go 1 up and never looked back. Andrews turned at 3 up after nine holes and played steady golf on the way in to capture the title. In the Senior Division First Flight, John Begley, from Sarasota, defeated Michael Benham, of Ocala, 3 and 1.

In the Super Senior Championship Bracket, 1st seed Edward Craig, of Orlando, beat Bob Rogoff, of Coral Springs, 5 and 4 for his second consecutive title. Craig defeated Bill Starks, of Punta Gorda, 6 and 5 in the Round of 16 and then beat Rollie Walcott, of Naples, 4 and 2 in the quarters. Craig continued his run winning his semifinal match 1 up against Ken Couturier, of Melbourne. Bill Western, from Aiken, defeated Peter Salzberg, of Bonita Springs, 6 and 5 to claim the Super Senior First Flight title.

To be eligible, players must have reached 55 years of age by June 17, 2010. All players traveling to Orchid Island were guaranteed an 18-hole seeding round and at least one round of match play. After the 18-hole seeding round, the field was seeded into three Senior Division flights of 32 players for the Championship Flight, 16 players for the first flight and 8 players in the second flight. In the Super-Senior Division there were two flights; 16 players in the Championship flight and 8 players in the first flight. Ultimately, there is a Senior Amateur Match Play Champion and a Super-Senior Amateur Match Play Champion.

ABOUT THE Florida Senior Match Play

The Senior Championship is for those individuals over the age of 55. Two age divisions, 55-64 and 65 and over, will compete with one round of stroke play qualifying followed by single elimination match play rounds to determine winners in each division.

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