WEST PALM BEACH , Fla. – Bryan Hasse of Jupiter, eight over par after 10 holes Saturday, rallied to win the 12th annual Palm Beach International on Sunday at Ironhorse Country Club.
After making the first turn in 43 and adding a bogey at the par-4 10th, Hasse suddenly turned it around with birdie-par at the 11th and 12th holes, then birdied in the last six for 30-73.
He maintained this momentum Sunday with 32-35—67. This converted to point totals of 42 and 47 for 89 and he won the Stableford scoring event by four. His final round included four birdies, a bogey at the par-3 13th and an eagle at the par-5 14th. At the short 13th, Haase hit his tee shot into the water, took his drop, pitched and saved bogey on a 12 footer. At the long 14th, he hit driver and 5-iron to the green and made a 25-foot putt from behind the hole. “I was able to save the point,” at 13, he smiled.
Stableford points were awarded on the basis of six for eagle, four for birdie, two for par and one for bogey.
Daniel Russo of Delray Beach , the first round leader on 47 points, added 38-85 to take second among 56 starters in the gross division.
In the handicap division which had 14 contestants, Paul Quigley of Jupiter was the winner with 46-47—93, followed at 90 by the runnerup, Dann Merrell of West Palm Beach . Quigley shot 144 on his own ball, Merrell 154.
“I thought was headed for 85 yesterday,” Haase said. “I’ve never had a string of birdies like that.” It was his first Palm Beach County Golf Association victory. He shot 67-73-70—210 to finish fourth last summer in the Palm Beach Kennel Club/County Amateur Championship.
Jared Meyers of North Palm Beach , the 2010 winner and only former champion to play, earned 72 points, tied for ninth.
Next on the PBCGA tournament schedule is the inaugural Pricey Par-3 Shootout at Jupiter Dunes Golf Club on Friday, sponsored by Champions Tour star Nick Price. For information and entry, go to www.pbcga.org.
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