Society of Seniors Hesler: Final recap
21 Jul 2011
see also: Lancaster Country Club
COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 21, 2011) -- Alan Fadel (Senior Division) and Don Wood (Super Seniors) scored wire-to-wire victories in the third annual SOS Jack Hesler Tournament that concluded today at the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Collumbus, Ohio. And Bob Hughett settled his three-day battle with Bill Stallings by winning the Grand Masters in a sudden-death playoff.
The pristine Brookside layout proved to be a stiff test for the entire 92-player field throughout the three days of competition as the SOS players struggled to deal not only with the tight fairways, well-bunkered greens and challenging putting surfaces, but also with the stifling and steamy heat as temperatures each day reached the high 90s. Long considered the best-kept secret among the outstanding golf courses in the Columbus area, Brookside no longer is a secret for the SOS players who were treated to four days of exceptional hospitality and perfect playing conditions.
Fadel, who lives in Toledo, Ohio, won the Senior Division by a whopping eight strokes over John Armstrong of Frostburg, Ohio. Fadel was under par each day, starting with a six-under 66 in Round 1 and following that with identical 71s over the final two rounds.
Wood, the close personal friend of Colonel Sanders in their mutual hometown of Louisville, Ky., took a six-stroke lead over Allan Fugate, who also lives in Louisville, into Thursday's final round and coasted to a five-stroke victory over Ken Benson of Alpharetta, Ga. Wood played scintillating golf in the first two rounds, posting rounds of 69 (with eight birdies) and 68 (14 pars, four birdies), respectively. Wood was not as precise in the final round, shooting a five-over par 77, but his lead -- and ultimate victory -- was never in doubt.
The Grand Masters was tight throughout the tournament as Hughett, who lives in Green Valley, Az., and Stallings, who lives in McLean, Va., went mano-a-mano for 54 holes before Hughett prevailed in the playoff. Stallings led Hughett by a shot after his first-round 76, but Hughett tied Stallings for the 36-hole lead after shooting a two-under par 70 in the second round. The heat seemed to get the better of both of them in the final round as they shot matching 81s. Hughett's bogey proved decisive in the playoff.