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Florida Senior Amateur: Final Results from Victoria Hills

DELAND, FLORIDA (April 13, 2006) -- Ron Cleland fired a final round score of 74 to win the 39th Senior Amateur Championship at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand. Richard Evenson shot a 76 in the final round to secure the Super Senior division by one stroke.

Ron Cleland, 60, posted a tournament total of 1-over par 217 for the victory. Cleland, of Naples, shot a 73 in the first round to trail the leaders by two strokes. In the second round, Cleland made four birdies on the front nine en route to a 2-under par 70 and the lead by four strokes. “I knew I just had to play well, you never know in this situation what could happen,” Cleland said about leading after two rounds. He then recorded a 74 in the final round to seal his first Senior Championship. “It is quite a high,” said Cleland. “I have never won a State Championship, it is a great feeling.” In the final round, Cleland came out and bogeyed holes one and four, then recovered nicely with three birdies. “I played very solid and didn’t make any big mistakes,” he said. “This course is very demanding so if you make a mistake you pay for it.” Cleland just went to The Masters and joked with his group that “he saw how to win.”

Edward Fletcher, of The Villages, placed second finishing five strokes back from Cleland with a 222. Fletcher, playing in his first Florida State Championship, recorded a 77-70-75. Shooting the low round of the tournament, Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, jumped into third place with a 223 for the tournament. Woulfe, last year’s Senior Player-of-the-Year, made an eagle on the par 5 18th hole to post a 4-under par 68 in the final round. His first two rounds of 78-77 secured him third place. The 2004 Champion Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, finished tied for fourth place with first round co-leader Tim Miller, of Venice. Scamehorn and Miller each had a tournament total of 224.

In the Super Senior division, Richard Everson, from Estero, edged out the field by one stroke to secure the title. Evenson, 68, was one back from the leader going into the final round after posting scores of 77-73. Evenson’s final round score of 76 pushed him ahead to win the division with a 226 total. Bill Feehan, from Marco Island, and Jerry Jackson, of Sarasota, fell one stroke short to share second place honors with a 227 tournament total. Feehan recorded rounds of 79-75-73 while Jackson, coming off a Winter Series win at the Venetian, shot a 74-78-75. The 1995 Champion, Chuck Smith, from Naples, finished with a 228 tournament total.

Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted last year. While 73 players earned exempt status through a variety of different means, over 260 competitors attempted to qualify to complete the 156 player field. Qualifying took place at six sites across the state as competitors played 18 holes of stroke play hoping to advance to the Championship. Competitors play 54 holes of stroke play over the course of the three-day Championship. Participants must be 55 or older to participate in the Championship and enter one of the age divisions, 55-64 and 65 & over.

Victoria Hills Golf Club, in DeLand, is just 35 miles north of Orlando. Designed by Ron Garl, Victoria Hills is home to the Stetson University golf team and has hosted many FSGA and USGA events. The course was ranked in Golfweek’s “America’s Top 40 Best New Courses.”

ABOUT THE FLORIDA STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION

Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 22 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

Final results follow:

SENIOR DIVISION
Victoria Hills Golf Club, DeLand, Florida
Par 36 – 36 – 72 – 6,667 yards
April 13, 2006
Note: Top 30 & ties are exempt into the 2007 Senior Amateur

Ron Cleland, Naples, 73-70-74--217
Edward Fletcher, The Villages, 77-70-75--222
Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, 78-77-68--223
Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven, 74-73-77--224
Tim Miller, Venice, 71-77-76--224
Robert Lundquist, Sanford, 75-77-74--226
Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound, 78-77-72--227
Brian Hawke, Temple Terrace, 78-70-79--227
Carey Watson, Coral Springs, 73-78-77--228
Bill Douglas, London, 73-77-78--228
Bob Ethridge, Plantation, 78-80-70--228
Stephen Maddox, Lakeland, 74-74-80--228
Richard McArdle, Palm Coast, 75-76-78--229
Dennis English, Venice, 71-78-80--229
Michael Gravette, Pensacola, 81-76-72--229
Sam Clunan, Tallahassee, 77-74-79--230
Ken Couturier, Melbourne, 79-71-80--230
Bob Coleman, The Villages, 82-75-74--231
Norman Swenson, Boynton Beach, 79-74-78--231
A B Sisco, Pensacola, 77-77-77--231
Robert Hess, Casselberry, 79-76-76--231
Brian Sachs, Newberry, 78-77-76--231
Pat Vincelli, Boca Raton, 83-76-73--232
Jim DuBois, Coral Springs, 82-77-74--233
Joe Lukasik, Orlando, 75-77-81--233
Joseph Cristillo, Crystal River, 80-75-78--233
Lenny Loyd, Port Saint Lucie, 84-75-75--234
Michael Sanderson, Homosassa, 80-79-75--234
Herman Klemick, Coral Gables, 79-75-80--234
James Deary, North Palm Beach, 79-77-78--234
Kim Schwencke, Temple Terrace, 79-77-78--234
Toby Thompson, Davenport, 78-76-80--234
Edward Craig, Orlando, 81-77-76—234
Mike Miller, Ormond Beach, 77-79-79--235
A J Kroeger, Apopka, 79-77-79--235
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, 75-79-81--235
Jim Stone, Bradenton, 78-79-78--235
Keith Keister, Orlando, 75-82-78--235
Rick Bauch, Naples, 82-75-78--235
John Mussoline, Palatka, 80-78-77--235
Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, 74-85-77--236
Neil Carter, Citrus Springs, 76-77-83--236
Bill O'Keefe, Boca Raton, 77-80-79--236
Michael Dawes, Jacksonville, 80-77-79--236
Ralph Hutchins, Fort Myers, 80-76-81--237
Curtis Madson, Mount Dora, 74-81-82--237
Len Ladd, Palm Coast, 81-77-79--237
Art Green, Leesburg, 77-80-80--237
Bob Patrick, Wayzata, 78-80-79--237
Larry Fincher, Niceville, 78-86-74--238
Robert Keller, Palm Beach Gardens, 83-81-74--238
Jack Richey, Winter Park, 77-78-83--238
Ron Green, Lecanto, 81-77-80--238
Evans Harbour, Ormond Beach, 80-80-79--239
Skip Lujack, Brandon, 82-77-80--239
Steven Sim, Fort Lauderdale, 80-82-77--239
Dick Whitmire, Tallahassee, 83-76-80--239
Bill Young, Naples, 74-82-83--239
Bruce Holliday, Pensacola, 78-81-81--240
Donald Johnson, Fort Myers, 79-82-79--240
Eddie Bass, University Park, 79-79-82--240
David Kartner, Stuart, 80-76-84--240
Jack Ruhs, Palm City, 82-80-79--241
Bradley Schuchat, Bradenton, 80-79-82--241
Dan Smith, Naples, 80-82-79--241
Felix Bertucci, Gulfport, 83-73-85--241
Stephen Baker, Bradenton, 82-75-85--242
Terry Chercourt, Jacksonville, 80-79-84--243
Bill McCormick, Clermont, 78-83-82--243
Marvin McKinley, Shalimar, 86-77-80--243
Donald Neumann, Thonotosassa, 77-85-82--244
Jim Wirtz, Lecanto, 82-80-82--244
Randy Briggs, Ocala, 80-77-87--244
Mike Walters, Tampa, 81-83-81--245
Rollie Walcott, Naples, 84-77-84--245
Tommy Piazza, Sarasota, 80-77-89--246
Bob Sims, Tallahassee, 86-80-81--247
Michael Benham, Ocala, 78-92-78--248
Gerald Johnson, Tallahassee, 84-81-83--248
Dwaine Roney, Fort Myers, 81-80-87--248
Jim Applegate, Palm City, 84-83-82--249
Rusty Napier, Shalimar, 86-84-79--249
Cail Pearce, Lake Wales, 85-84-81--250
K C Caldabaugh, Ponte Vedra Beach, 89-80-82--251
Tom Gallagher, Jacksonville, 85-86-80--251
Bobby Kilgore, Tampa, 82-83-86--251
David Yun, Longwood, 85-81-85--251
Bob Cusimano, Cooper City, 81-81-89--251
Jim Plunkett, Lecanto, 83-79-89--251
Hank Lehwald, Coral Springs, 81-84-87--252
Lloyd Meisels, Fort Lauderdale, 83-86-83--252
Robert Schmidt, Margate, 86-85-81--252
Doug Ballenger, Port Saint Lucie, 84-81-88--253
Robert Layman, Ormond Beach, 83-80-90--253
Andrew Carbone, Palm Coast, 78-86-90--254
Jim Ammon, West Palm Beach, 91-83-82--256
Don Cook, Port Saint Lucie, 87-85-84--256
Carl Miller, Gainesville, 86-84-86--256
David Baines, Naples, 87-84-86--257
Steve Baker, Bonita Springs, 86-90-82--258
Paul Collier, Stuart, 91-79-88--258
Buzz Van Dyke, Valrico, 85-90-83--258
Daniel Flynn, Port Saint Lucie, 93-84-89--266
Bob Painter, Venice, 90-86-92--268
Harvey Barish, Hollywood, 83-WD--WD
John Begley, Sarasota, 82-75-DQ--DQ
Russ Berkoben, Naples, 81-WD--WD


SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
Victoria Hills Golf Club, DeLand, Florida
Par 36 – 36 – 72 – 6,260 yards
April 13, 2006
Note: Top 5 & ties are exempt into the 2007 Super Senior Championship

Richard Evenson, Estero, 77-73-76--226
Bill Feehan, Marco Island, 79-75-73--227
Jerry Jackson, Sarasota, 74-78-75--227
Chuck Smith, Naples, 74-75-79--228
J E Rowe, Saint Augustine, 74-76-80--230
Phil Leckey, Tampa, 77-75-79--231
Max Mathews, Andalusia, 80-78-74--232
Stan Fischer, Boynton Beach, 77-74-83--234
Ron LeClair, Orlando, 76-80-78--234
Billy Graham, Pensacola, 81-73-80--234
Rennie Law, Tampa, 81-79-75--235
Chip Landon, Orlando, 72-78-86--236
Roger Nichols, Ponte Vedra Beach, 84-78-78--240
Ray Darmstadt, Cocoa Beach, 82-81-78--241
Jerry Hult, Bonita Springs, 78-80-83--241
Frost Walker, Coral Gables, 80-80-81--241
Ron Audi, Ocala, 84-77-81--242
Moot Thomas, Ocala, 85-78-79--242
Jim Love, Lecanto, 84-80-79--243
Bud Davis, Orlando, 84-81-79--244
Charles Costolo, Port Saint Lucie, 83-81-81--245
Peter Jackson, Valrico, 82-88-77--247
Kirby Manning, Ocala, 81-80-86--247
John Ward, Winter Park, 84-79-84--247
Bill Wobeser, Boynton Beach, 86-81-80--247
Tracy Allen, Winter Park, 83-80-85--248
Richard Melgard, Lake Mary, 86-81-81--248
Doug Danziger, Fort Lauderdale, 86-85-78--249
Dick Johnson, Bonita Springs, 79-83-88--250
Lanier Merritt, Apalachicola, 88-90-89--267
Mike Craven, Naples, 77-79-NC--NC
Robert Harris, Boynton Beach, 81-NC--NC
Ron Goldburg, Delray Beach, 82-WD--WD
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