TAMPA, Florida (Feb. 27, 2011) -- Brian Armstrong posted an even par final round of 70 for a 54-hole total of 1-under 209 to win the historic Gasparilla Invitational at Palma Ceia Country Club.
Peter Dachisen, one of Florida's top mid-ams and the holder of a handful of Gasparilla titles, finished in second after posting a final round 71 to finish 2-over for the tournament.
Kim Schwenke of Temple Terrace posted 217 to win the senior division by 7 strokes over Mike Bodney. Schwenke, a member of Palma Ceia, contended for the overall title at even par for 36 holes before slipping to a 77 in the final round.
ABOUT THE GASPARILLA INVITATIONAL(courtesy Tournament Committee)
Originally played as a professional match play event, the Gasparilla Invitational awarded top prize money on the Tour until 1935. Early winners included Paul Runyan and Johnny Revolta, who won his first title there. Walter Hagen claimed his final victory at the 1935 Gasparilla, arriving at the first tee without hitting a single practice ball or putt and firing 64 in the first round, then finishing birdie-birdie in the last round for the win.
While it is considered to be a serious and elite amateur golf event, the Tournament has always offered an array of fun parties and social events. Today, the tournament kicks off with a ten man team, nine hole scramble on Thursday afternoon. On Friday after the competitive round, there is a cocktail party and cigar smoker, “a pirate’s right of passage”. After the competitive round on Saturday, there is the “Pirate’s Pig Roast” Dinner Party for the contestants and their wives or dates, complete with music and dancing. The final round is completed on Sunday, a day in which many Club Members and guests come out to watch the field of elite amateur golfers compete for the trophy and enjoy the hospitality stations on the course. The winner of this tournament carries not only the prestige of that singular victory but has his name linked to the history of this outstanding event for the rest of his career.
The top player in the 54-hole stroke play torn,net is awarded the Pirate trophy.
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