Best of the Weekend
06 May 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Timuquana Cup Invitational Golf Tournament, Timuquana Country Club

The national and regional schedules are heating up as the golf season begins to hit its stride across the country. This past weekend was among the busiest we've had all year and a number of important events took place. Here's a snapshot of the Best of the Weekend:

In what has quickly become one of the nation's best events, Blair Scurlock withstood a final- round surge to win the Mid-Amateur Division at the 2013 Timuquana Cup.

Scurlock led the division after a Saturday 72 and shot 75 on Sunday to win by two.

In the Senior Division, David Anthony clipped Doug Hanzel by one shot.

Hanzel, ranked No. 36 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Senior Player Rankings, was in the lead after the first round of action but Anthony shot a second straight 72, besting Hanzel by two shots Sunday.

Mike Vallencourt and former PGA Tour member Steve Melnyk were tied for third after identical rounds of 74-72--146.

The Timuquana Cup is an invitational tournament with a field consisting of 40 of the top Mid Amateur players in the country, together with 20 of the top Senior Amateurs.


Cinco de Mayo wound up as Cinco de Uno for Steven Bobus during the first round of the amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship. An easy winner of the "shot-of-the- day" compeititon that takes place each day, Steven Bobus made a hole-in-one on the 170- yard 8th hole, a downhill par-3 with a huge redan green.

The two posted 1-over par 72 on the day, five behind leaders Dieter Dammeier and Chris Lawton (67). A stroke back is the father/son team from Savannah, Gary and Scott Friend. Three teams are tied at Net 70.

n the Championship Division, the lead belongs to another father/son team - Bill and Alec Tahy. The younger Tahy, Alec, is a high school senior who missed his prom to attend the event with his dad. He made four solid birdies on his first tour of Old Mac, while his father posted a beautiful 2 on the par-3 second hole and saved par in some other key spots. In the fall, Alec will attend the University of Arkansas on a golf scholarship.


Russ Aue defeated top-seeded Hal Berman 2- up in the championship match to win the 2013 Richardson Invitational at the 6,767-yard Sewanee Golf Club.

Aue earned the No. 3 seed after stroke-play qualifying and the Bethpage State Park player rolled through the 16-man bracket with wins over Pat Wilson of Pine Valley, Phillip Gutterman and Berman.


Paul Tucker buried an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to clinch victory for himself and partner Brent Roof at Camden Country Club.

The win was at the hands of defending champions Brian Westveer and Matthew Crenshaw, two of the southest region's best mid-amateurs and was a source of revenge for Tucker and Roof, who lost in the final match last year.


Joe Alfieri fired rounds of 67-71-69--207 to win with ease at Vero Beach Country Club.

Alfieri got off to a hot start in the first round posting the low round of the tournament with a five-under par 67 to take a two-shot lead into the second round --- and never looked back.

ABOUT THE Timuquana Cup

Invitational tournament with a field consisting of 40 of the top Mid Amateur players in the country, together with 20 of the top Senior Amateurs and 18 more Super Senior amateurs .

The theme of the event will be a "Gathering of Friends" with a small, select field dedicated to those individuals whose passion is amateur golf. The Timuquana Cup will be a celebration of amateur golf.

The tournament chairman is Steve Melnyk, and USGA Rules Official Tom Dudley will be in charge of course set up and the rules of competition. One of the highlights of this year's event will be a cocktail cruise on the St. Johns River departing from the Timuquana Country Club dock and housing will be available for many competitors in members' homes.

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