PALM CITY, Fla. - David Roschman made three straight birdies to start the back nine Sunday at The Fox Club, then held on to win the Palm Beach International for the second time in three years.
Despite double bogies at the par-5 eighth and 18th holes when he earned no points in the Stableford event, Roschman, 46, a Jupiter real estate agent, totaled 78 points in two days, including 38 the final round.
"It's my first tournament of the year and it's always good to start with a victory," Roschman said. "It should give me some confidence for the rest of the season. Overall, it was pretty ugly today but I made a mile of putts."
Roschman shot 72-75-147 on his own ball with four birdies and as many bogies Saturday. On Sunday, he made five birdies and four bogies, plus pulling his drive out of bounds at No. 8 and hitting two in the water at the 18th.
It was Roschman's eighth Palm Beach County Golf Association victory. In 2003, he won the International with 90 points and added the Stroke Play, Pepsi and Tournament of Champions titles enroute to earning PBCGA Player of the Year honors.
Eoghan O'Connell of Palm Beach Gardens, the managing partner at The Fox Club, and Mike Nealy, who recently obtained his real estate license after his family sold a sports bar in Boca Raton, tied for second with 77 points apiece.
O'Connell birdied the first three holes enroute to 33-35-68 and 46 points. Nealy scored 40 points on four birdies and as many bogies for 37-35-72. Nealy had a chance to win with a birdie at the 18th, but was short on his first putt.
The Stableford tournament drew 96 entries. Points were awarded on the basis of five for eagle, four for birdie, two for par, one for bogey and no points for double bogey or higher.
In the handicap division, a point quota event, the winner was John Whitehead of West Palm Beach, who was competing in his first PBCGA tournament. Whitehead played to his 12 handicap for the route. He was plus-2 the first day, minus 2 in the finale.
Next on the PBCGA tournament schedule: April 29-May 1, Arrigo Dodge Four-Ball, Bear Lakes CC-Links, and May 9-10, Senior Better-Ball, BallenIsles CC-East. For information, call Tommy Belen, executive director, 561-625-0400.
Palm Beach County Golf Association
Palm Beach International, April 16-17, 2005
The Fox Club, Palm City, Fla.
6,620 yards, par 72
Dave Roschman, Jupiter, $350 40-38-78
Eoghan O'Connell, Palm Beach Gardens, $175 31-46-77
Mike Nealy, Boca Raton, $175 37-40-77
R.J. Nakashian, Palm Beach Gardens, $125 33-42-75
Greg Gonzales, Palm Beach Gardens, $100 41-30-71
Rick Othmer, West Palm Beach, $85 33-35-68
Tim Stieren, Palm Beach Gardens, $85 37-31-68
Chris Cowell, Lake Worth, $70 37-30-67
Kodi Merrell, West Palm Beach, $60 29-37-66
Ben Hartman, West Palm Beach, $50 32-33-65
Gerard Garber, Boca Raton, $42.50 30-34-64
Brent Bush, Palm Beach Gardens, $42.50 34-30-64
Larry Monteith, Jupiter, $35 30-32-62
Matt Ribakoff, Jupiter, $30 25-36-61
Tim Faircloth, Boca Raton, $27 28-32-60
Brett Burton, Stuart, $27 32-28-60
Kevin Kenny Jr., North Palm Beach, $24 28-31-59
Scott Turner, Palm City, $20 24-34-58
Brian McEntee, Wellington, $20 26-32-58
Rand Araskog, Palm City, $20 28-30-58
Kevin Simpson, West Palm Beach, $20 31-27-58
Jamie Krone, Delray Beach, $20 35-23-58
Brian Kennedy, Highland Beach, $16 26-30-56
Derren Garber, Boca Raton, $16 33-23-56
Jack Ruhs, Palm City, $16 33-23-56
John Whitehead, West Palm Beach, $150 0
Gary Brown, Jupiter, $75 -1
Skip Buchanan, Palm Beach Gardens, $75 -1
Jeff Knight, Palm Beach Gardens, $20 -9
John Payton, Lake Worth, $20 -9