LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (Sept. 12, 2012) – Scott Rohrer won the gold medal in the Level V 18-hole individual stroke-play competition at the 2012 Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament, making this his sixth gold medal performance out of seven appearances at the tournament. Rohrer shot 83-77-86 on the par-72 Gold course for the best 54-hole score of the tournament, held at The Wigwam Resort.
Rohrer was the record-making gold medalist at the 2010 Special Olympics National Golf Invitational Tournament when he shot the 18-hole and 54-hole individual stroke play record of 71-75-75—221 at the Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb. At this Special Olympics national tournament level, Rohrer has won three gold medals (2007, 2009, 2011) in Level III 18-hole Unified Sports team play with his father, Jeff, as his partner; two gold medals (2012 & 2010) in Level V 18-hole individual stroke play; and one gold medal in Level IV 9-hole individual stroke play (2005). He did not play at this level in 2006 and was disqualified in 2008.
In the men’s second division, Chris Holmes shot 93-87-90 and Tyler Whitehurst shot 86-92-97.
After recording his personal best score yesterday, a 7-over 43 on the front nine of the Patriot course, John Stapleton of Elkridge, Md., kept his lead for the gold medal with a 50-43-50 in the 9-Hole Individual Stroke Play competition (Level IV). Ian Swain of Brandon, Manitoba/Canada shot 47-49-55—151 for second place and the silver medal.
Kyle Bugge and Jake Hemelstrand (partner) shot a final-round 86, for a 54-hole total of 86-88-86 for first place and the gold medal in the 18-hole Unified Sports team play competition (Level III) on the Gold course. This is the first national tournament for Bugge and Hemelstrand. Jesse Pease and Keith Pease (partner) of Sioux City, Iowa, finished in second place for the silver medal with 90-93-95—278.
Chris Conant of Richmond, S.C., and Nick Short (partner) shot the tournament’s best Level II, 9-hole team score of 4-over 38 on the Patriot course back nine to come from behind and win the gold medal with a 46-44-38. The team of Brent Apo-Hruska and John Moen (partner) who led the first two rounds finished in second place for the silver medal with a 40-49-43. Chris Ringot and Terry Ringot (partner) shot 44-45-47 for the bronze medal.
The individual skills competition (Level I) tests competitors in six different shot-making skills and the highest score wins. Shane Molovinsky of Rockville, Md., won the gold medal by leading all three rounds of the top individual skills division and saving his best score for today, finishing with 80 points for a total of 226. Stanley Frederick scored 71 on Sunday for a total of 205 for the silver medal.