VERO BEACH, Florida (April 6, 2011) Thomas Slater captured the Inaugural Super Senior Championship held at Vero Beach Country Club in Vero Beach, April 5-6. He was joined in the winner’s circle by Richard Ray and Larry Martin who won the 70-74 and 75 & Over Age Divisions respectively.
Thomas Slater, of Vero Beach, came from a two-stroke deficit in the 65-69 Age Division to win in a sudden death play-off. After carding a five-over par 77 in the first round, Slater fired a one-over par round of 73 in the final round to force a play-off with Pat Vincelli, of Stuart, who posted rounds of 76-74 for a tournament total of 150.
Slater secured the victory on the fourth play-off hole.
Edward Craig, of Orlando, finished alone in third place after rounds of 76-75 for a tournament total of 151. The Defending Champion, James Byer, of Lantana, finished tied for fourth place with a tournament total of 152.
In the 70-74 Age Division, Richard Ray, of Kissimmee, came from behind to grab first place honors. Ray trailed by three strokes heading into the final round after carding a seven-over par 79. In the final round Ray fired an even par round of 72 to capture the title by two strokes. Ron Audi, of Ocala, and Stuart Lliffe, of Coral Gables, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of nine-over-par 153.
In the 75 & Over Age Division, Larry Martin, of Plant City, went wire-to-wire to capture the title. Martin fired a six-over par 78 in the first round to lead by two strokes heading into the final round. Martin followed his first round 78 with a final round 79 to secure the victory by an impressive six strokes. James Snyder, of Stuart, grabbed second place honors with rounds of 80-83 for a tournament total of 163. Bud Davis, of Orlando, finished in third place with a tournament total of 164.
The Super Senior Championship is for players who are at least 65 years of age by the beginning of the event. The Super Senior Championship is conducted over 36- holes of individual stroke play.
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