NAPLES, Fla. - Mike Bell of Indianapolis made a three footer for par Thursday to win the Society of Seniors' Ralph Bogart Memorial Winter Invitational golf tournament for the second year in a row.
Bell and Mike Rice of Houston, Texas, winner of the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship earlier this fall, tied at three under par 213 on the North course at the Club at Mediterra on final round scores of 72 and 71. Bell, the second round leader here Wednesday, won last year at one over par 217 at the nearby Club at TwinEagles.
Rice bogied the par-4 18th hole.
Bob Davis of East Lansing, Mich., and Fort Myers, won the super seniors division for players 70 and older with 233 on rounds of 77-79-77.
John Gibbs of Oneonta, Ala., one of the founders of The Golf Channel, had the low round of the day, a 68 with 30 on the front nine which included a hole-in-one with a 6-iron at the 170-yard eighth hole. He finished at 219, tied for eighth.
This was the fourth and final event of the year for the Society of Seniors, begun in 1983, an organization of senior amateur golfers 55 years and older with handicaps of three or less. This was the 23rd staging of the Bogart.
The 2006 schedule: April 25-27, John Kline Super Seniors, Miromar Lakes CC, Fort Myers; May 2-4, Ed Tutwiler Memorial Four-Ball, Daniel Island Club, Charleston, S.C.; Nov. 6-9, Dale Morey Memorial Society of Seniors Championship, Quail Ridge CC, Boynton Beach; December, Ralph Bogart Memorial Winter Invitational, dates and site to be announced. Tutwiler, Morey and Bogart were the founders of the Society of Seniors.
Society of Seniors
Ralph Bogart Winter Invitational
The Club @ Mediterra, Naples, Fla.
North course, 6,720 yards, par 72
Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. 71-70-72-213
Mike Rice, Houston, Texas 72-70-71-213
Bell won playoff, par-4 on first extra hole.
Rick McArdle, Palm Coast 73-69-74-216
Stan Fischer, Richmond, Va. 74-71-72-217
Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas 72-73-72-217
Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind. 73-74-71-218
Don Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga. 72-74-72-218
John Gibbs, Oneonta, Ala. 74-77-68-219
Bruce Rotte, Naples 73-76-70-219
Jerry Jackson, Kokomo, Ind. 74-71-74-219
John Baldwin, Astoria, N.Y. 75-74-71-220
Jim Smith, Orchard Park, N.Y. 74-74-72-220
Steve Hakes, San Diego, Calif. 72-75-73-220
Rick Bauch, Orlando 72-74-75-221
Taylor Metcalfe, Glendale, Ohio 70-76-75-221
Jim Ruschioni, Leominster, Mass. 73-74-75-222
Bill Maloy, North Canton, Ohio 77-73-73-223
Dennis Rouse, Brandon 75-75-73-223
Rick Cain, Louisville, Ky. 74-78-72-224
Steve Earsley, Stuart 71-79-74-224
Fred Silver, Lewiston, N.Y. 73-75-76-224
Michael Sanger, Hydes, Md. 75-78-72-225
Russ Berkoben, Perrysburg, Ohio 73-79-73-225
Stuart Iliffe, Coral Gables 77-73-75-225
Skip Snow, Dayton, Ohio 68-76-81-225
Hole-in-One - John Gibbs, Oneonta, Ala., No. 8, 6-iron, 170 yards.