BOCA RATON, FL (September 18, 2005) -- At 146, Cook won the second annual Bobby Bryant Memorial Mid-Senior tournament by four strokes. He had opened with 74 to trail by two Saturday on the course playing about 6,600 yards.
"I avoided the big numbers today," said Cook, 44, a resident of the nearby Broken Sound community and the shop manager at Wynmoor Golf Club in Coconut Creek. He made a double bogey and three bogies in the span of six holes Saturday. "It's the biggest tournament I've ever won."
David Abell of Jupiter, winner of the Palm Beach Kennel Club/County Amateur Championship in July, was second on 73-150. Abell and Dave Roschman of Jupiter won the inaugural Bryant Memorial, which was staged as a four-ball event last year.
Bryant, who died Dec. 7, 2003, at 65, was a former PBCGA president, long-time executive board member and five-time Volunteer of the Year. He was inducted into the PBCGA Hall of Fame in 2001.
Robbie Dew of Palm Beach Gardens was the first flight winner with 81-76-157.
The 68-player starting field of PBCGA members 40 years and older was divided into two flights based on first round scores, the cut coming at 81-and-over.
Cook is playing his third season in the PBCGA after moving from Southern California. He had his second eagle of the weekend, two birdies and four bogies on Sunday. He had salvaged his opening round at the par-5 18th hole, hitting 4-iron to the green and sinking a five-foot putt. Between two bogies on the back nine Sunday, he holed a 15-yard shot from left of the green at the par-5 14th. He began his round with bogies at the first and fourth holes, birdies at the second and third.
Cook may have saved his round by saving par at the ninth hole from a plugged lie in the face of a greenside bunker. He blasted out to about four feet and made the putt. "That enabled me to make the turn still at even par," he noted.
Palm Beach County Golf Association
Bobby Bryant Memorial Mid-Senior
Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla.
Country Club Course, 6,600 yards, par 72
John Cook, Boca Raton, $250 74-72-146
David Abell, Jupiter, $150 77-73-150
George Weston III, Palm Beach, $100.50 78-73-151
Gary Zentner, Palm Beach, $100.50 77-74-151
Bill O'Keefe, Boca Raton, $48.33 76-76-152
Gil Turner, Palm City, $48.33 73-79-152
Scott Stubbe, Jupiter, $48.33 72-80-152
Craig Howell, Lake Worth, $28.33 75-78-153
Bill Civitella, North Palm Beach, $28.33 74-79-153
Dave Roschman, Jupiter, $28.33 74-79-153
Steve Condore, Boca Raton, $15 75-79-154
Robbie Dew, Palm Beach Gardens, $125 81-76-157
Steve Sim, Fort Lauderdale, $100 84-74-158
Tony Rick, Delray Beach, $80 85-74-159
Jim McGuigan, Jupiter Island, $60 83-78-161
Jim Bounds, Boynton Beach, $50 85-77-162
Rick Westwood, Wellington, $40 82-81-163
Aldo Butera, Boynton Beach, $35 84-80-164
Clay Bass, Lake Worth, $27.50 82-84-166
Jack Mansmann, Boca Raton, $27.50 81-85-166
Paul Brinkman, Palm Springs, $17.50 86-81-167
Kevin Johnson, Jupiter, $17.50 81-86-167
Money listed awarded in gift certificates.
Hole-in-One - Allistar Brown, Palm City, No. 13, 171 yards, 6-iron, first round.