MYRTLE BEACH, SC (September 3, 2005) -- For the first time in the tournament's history, the winner of the PGA Tour Superstore World Amateur was disqualified for a handicap violation.
Al Simon of Charlotte, NC was informed by tournament officials (who use a USGA probability chart to guide their decisions) that his net score of 14-under-par 58 was simply too low -- and the fact that he hadn't posted a score in two months didn't help -- and the title was awarded to Jerry Glenn of Pensacola, Florida.
Glenn shot a net 65 Friday to win the Championship Playoff (an 18 hole round where flight winners are paired against each other for the overall trophy) at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, good enough to edge James McFerrin of Greenwood, South Carolina by one stroke.
Glenn, a 13.9 handicap golfer, earned a spot in Friday's World Championship Playoff by winning flight number nine after shooting a net 284 through 72 holes of golf Monday through Thursday.
"What a great feeling to win this tournament," said Glenn. "My goal at the beginning of the week was to get to today's final round and I played my best golf of the week here at The Dunes Club. I toughed it out during first four days, but I putted well today and that made the difference. On hole number 17, I drained a 35-foot putt for a birdie and that's what won the tournament for me. This is my first time playing in the World Am and I really enjoyed the experience of playing in the "world's largest amateur golf tournament."
As for the disqualified Simon, he took his DQ in stride.
"It just happened that I had the best round of golf I probably shot in 20 to 25 years. It probably looks a little fishy to some people, but believe me, I just had two good days of golf."
Simon was referring to his Thursday final round of net 58 that helped him capture his flight and gain a spot in the playoff. That round wasn't enough to get him ejected, but when he fired his second straight net 58 in Friday's playoff, tournament official Steve Mays (who had already disqualified 15 players in the 4000 player field prior to Thursday) had seen enough.
"We'd much rather have all the scenarios play out on Thursday, but sometimes it doesn't happen that way. At the end of the day I don't think that 30.1 was an accurate depiction of how (Simon) is playing now."
Mays, who now could be a national spokesperson for the anti-sandbagging league, added:
"We're very comfortable with our champion."
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The 22nd annual PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship was held August 29 – September 2 and attracted 3,752 golfers to play on 66 Myrtle Beach golf courses from all 50 states and 21 foreign countries. Nearly 100 golfers played this year in each of the 44 flights, with all 44 flight winners and nine additional golfers who tied advancing to compete in today’s 18-hole World Championship play-off. Florida was the most represented state in the World Am with 11 golfers. New York placed six golfers in the final round with North Carolina and Texas each sending four participants.
The 2005 World Am gave away over $500,000 in prizes, including a $150,000 Myrtle Beach golf villa Thursday night to Craig Bush of Harrisburg, Pa. in the Centex Homes Villa Quest. For more information, call 1-800-833-8798 or visit the PGA TOUR Superstore website at www.WorldAmGolf.com.
Always scheduled the week before Labor Day, the 23rd annual PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship will be held August 27 – September 1, 2006.
FINAL RESULTS FOR THE 2005 PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE WORLD AMATEUR HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF
September 2, 2005
Dunes Club Golf & Beach Club
Place Golfer Net Score (Handicap)
1 Jerry Glenn, Pensacola, Fla. 65 (13.9)
2 James McFerrin, Greenwood, S.C. 66 (7.2)
T3 Robert Bowers, Cantnment, Fla. 67 (11.5)
T3 Rick Okumura, Springboro, Ohio 67 (8.2)
T5 Tony Kirk, Iowa City, Iowa 69 (15)
T5 Bruce Sutherland, Lewiston, N.Y. 69 (7.1)
T5 Robert Reaves, Van Alstine, Texas 69 (16.9)
T5 Conrad Wright, Marshville, N.C. 69 (17.7)
T5 Lowell Tuttle, Houston, Texas 69 (14)
T10 Tom Wethington, Harragate, Tenn. 70 (9.4)
T10 Bobby Talley, Grant, Ala. 70 (7.6)
T10 John Nardone, Wakefield, Mass. 70 (16.3)
T10 Rick Harris, Orlando, Fla. 70 (13.9)
T10 Fred Wirth, Louisville, Ky. 70 (17)
T15 Daniel White, Midland, N.C. 71 (10.2)
T15 Patrick Growney, Arcadia, Fla. 71 (11)
T15 Linda Turk, Worden Ill. 71 (30)
T18 Bret Penick, Lawton, Okla. 72 (4)
T18 Ronald Hartung, Rochester, N.Y. 72 (14.7)
T18 Luis Matos, Miami, Fla. 72 (12.2)
T18 Jeremy Daly, Fitchburg, Mass. 72 (13.6)
T18 Lanny Rodgers, Carlton, Penn. 72 (9.3)
T18 Dennis Hurley, Seymour, Tenn. 72 (16.8)
T18 John Mendenhall, Newberry, Fla. 72 (17.7)
T18 George Bobik, Bowie, Md. 72 (10.8)
T18 Joseph Kaczor, Salem, N.H. 72 (15.3)
27 Elizabeth Ponton, Frederick, Md. 73 (20)
28 Jim Troyer, Ottawa, Ohio 74 (6.1)
29 Dennis Egbers, Pembroke Pines, Fla. 75 (3.4)
T30 Kenneth Wonica, Staten Island, N.Y. 76 (15.4)
T30 Bernie Lavita, Dracut, Mass. 76 (13.8)
T30 Robert Sharp, Lutz, Fla. 76 (12.8)
T30 Kathie Geartz, Bradenton, Fla. 76 (24.9)
T34 Michael Shaughnessy, Poland, Ohio 77 (8.8)
T34 David Daniel, Alpharetta, Ga. 77 (4.7)
T34 Dee Brown, Las Vegas, Nev. 77 (14.8)
T34 Robert Leight, Elkridge, Md. 77 (18.1)
T34 Mike Lewallen, Winston-Salem, N.C. 77 (24.2)
39 Paulo Chang, Orlando, Fla. 79 (21.1)
T40 Hugh Small, Revere, Mass. 80 (10.5)
T40 Tammy McCoy, Mount Laurel, N.J. 80 (11.5)
42 Brandon Boulan, Metairie, La. 81 (26.4)
T43 Lloyd Hutchinson, Melbourne, Fla. 83 (19.7)
T43 Joyce Roeder, La Quinta, Calif. 83 (13.1)
T45 Justin Riker, Wilmington, N.C. 84 (7.1)
T45 Frank Pinto, Butler, Pa. 84 (10.5)
48 James Kardias, Holmes, N.Y. 85 (13.8)
T49 Wiliam Cook, Sioux Falls, S.D. 87 (24)
T49 Norine Ryan, Mechanicsville, N.Y. 87 (23.4)
51 Rita Timpanaro, Smithtown, N.Y. 97 (30.5)
For complete scores, click on the tournament link above (amateurgolf.com premium membership requested).