Knapp Wins PBCGA Senior Amateur Championship

WELLINGTON, Fla. – Tom Knapp of Tequesta has won for the first time since regaining his amateur standing for the third time earlier this year. He captured the 31st annual Palm Beach County Senior Amateur Championship on Saturday with a final round of 66 and a birdie on the second playoff hole.

Knapp, 63, and two-time former champion Marc Rosenbaum, 58, of Hollywood, tied at two under par 142 at The Wanderers Club. Rosenbaum, the county’s senior amateur winner in 2007-08, had trailed by two after the first round and closed with 70.

They halved the first extra hole with two-putt par-4s. At the par-5 second, Knapp wedged his second shot from short of the green to within three feet and birdied for the win. Rosenbaum had put his third shot on the green from the right rough but was 35 feet left of the flagstick. His birdie putt rolled up just a few inches short of the hole.

In regulation, Knapp birdied his last three holes and for the day made eight birdies and two bogeys. Rosenbaum had three birdies and one bogey. Rosenbaum, a resident of Broward County, was eligible as a summer member at Quail Ridge in Boynton Beach.

It was Knapp’s 16th Palm Beach County Golf Association title. The first 15 were between 1982 and 1992 before he turned pro again. He failed on several attempts at qualifying for the Champions Tour. Knapp’s only victory as a pro, other than in a few one-day mini-tour events, was in the 2002 South Florida Senior Open.

“I almost didn’t come back today,” Knapp said. “I was very disappointed in the way I played Saturday,” with a triple bogey on the last hole for 76. “But my wife reminded me I needed the competition.” Earlier this month Knapp was co-medalist in qualifying for the U.S. Senior Amateur scheduled Oct. 2-7 at Lake Nona in Orlando. “It’s a course I’ve played many times and really enjoy,” Knapp added.

“I told someone on the first tee this morning that a 66 today would tie and a 65 would win it,” Knapp said. “They said there wasn’t anybody in the field who could shoot 66. I knew I could. I just havn’t done it in a long time.”

Bill Erwin of Palm Beach Gardens, a three-time former champion, won the super seniors flight (65-older) with 150. Low net winners were Bill Maronet of West Palm Beach, seniors (50-64), 140, and Erwin, super seniors, 142. There were 66 starters.

Next on the PBCGA tournament schedule: Oct. 2, Parent-Child, Hammock Creek GC, and Oct. 9-10, Dodge Four-Ball, Mayacoo Lakes CC.

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Format is 36-holes of stroke play with Senior (50- 59), Super Senior (60-69), and Legend (70+) divisions. Open to all PBCGA members who have reached their 50th birthday by the start of the tournament.

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