Peter Wegmann takes home Palm Beach Senior Classic

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Peter Wegmann of Fort Lauderdale won the opening tournament of the Palm Beach County Golf Association’s 36th season with a bogey on the sixth playoff hole Thursday.

Wegmann, 53, outlasted David Abell, 51, of Jupiter after they tied at two under par 70 on the South course at Fountains Country Club. It was Wegmann’s first PBCGA victory. Abell won five times between 2004 and 2009 but missed last season because of injuries.

They halved the first five holes with pars of 5, 3, 4, 4 and 5. At the par-4 sixth, both hooked their drives into the left rough, both were over the green in two and Abell hit his third shot through the green, chipped back on and two-putted from 15 feet for double bogey. This allowed Wegmann an easy two-putt bogey from seven feet.

“That’s always been my game, a lot of up-and-downs and some good bunker play,” said Wegmann, who dates his relationship with Abell back to their days playing in the Future Masters and other junior golf during the 1960s. “I lived in Fort Lauderdale and David was in Fort Pierce. Both our dads were dentists. But I lost track of him when we were 15 or so. Then I saw him again last year in a Palm Beach County tournament last year at the Medalist Club.

“Over the years in junior golf, David beat me a lot more often than I beat him.” In regulation, Abell made two birdies and a bogey on each nine and Wegmann finished with 15 straight pars after birdies at the second and third holes. His only bogey of the day was enough to win the Spring Classic.

Paul Brinkman of Palm Springs earned low net honors in the senior division for players 50-64 years old.

In the super seniors flight for players 65 and older, the winners were Jim Byer of Lantana on a match of cards at 75 with Jim Deveney of Palm Beach Gardens, low gross, and Vic Gerard, Palm Beach Gardens, low net, 69.

There were 60 starters, including 48 seniors and 12 super seniors.

The PBCGA returns to Fountains for its next event, the Spring Four-Ball April 8-9 on the adjacent North course. For membership information and tournament entry, go to www.pbcga.org.

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