Amateur Michael Weeks rallied to win the Florida Senior Open
Michael Weeks (R) with Florida Senior Open trophy <br>(FSGA Photo)</br>
Michael Weeks (R) with Florida Senior Open trophy
(FSGA Photo)

STUART, FL (August 14, 2016) -- Amateur Michael Weeks of Jupiter, playing a group ahead of the leaders, posted a bogey-free 67 and tournament total of 6-under par for a one stroke victory at the Florida Senior Open. The tournament was contested at Belleair Country Club.

Lee Rinker, of Jupiter entered the final round with a two-stroke lead over 2010 Florida Senior Open Champion Gene Fieger, of Naples. Fieger would be the first to tie for the lead after birdieing the 1st and 3rd holes. However, Rinker would quickly take the lead back with a birdie on No. 4.

Rinker played even par the rest of the way, and on the final hole he placed his pitching wedge approach shot 20-feet left of the hole. It wasn't exactly the shot he was looking for, but he still had a good look at birdie. The former PGA Tour player narrowly missed the putt to tie the amateur, Weeks. He finished at 5-under for the championship, in a tie with fellow professional David Good, of Lakeland. Good, also playing in the final group, birdied the final hole for a bogey-free 68, giving him a share of the low professional purse.

Gene Fieger's final round 72 saw him again fall short in his quest for a second title. He finished in solo fourth.

Defending Champion, Eduardo Herrera, of Windermere finished tied for seventh.

This is Weeks' second FSGA Championship, adding to his 2011 FSGA Mid-Senior Championship he captured at his home club, Bear Lakes Golf & Country Club.

The 40th Florida Senior Open, conducted by the Florida State Golf Association and South Florida PGA Section saw over 300 players try to qualify over eight qualifying sites across the state, setting a field of 78 amateur and 78 professionals who competed over 54- holes at Willoughby Golf Club & Sailfish Point Golf Club in Stuart.

ABOUT THE Florida Senior Open

**Cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Fifty-four holes of individual stroke play. The field will be cut to the low sixty and ties after thirty-six holes. The lowest score for 54 holes will be the Champion. Open to male Florida Golf Professionals and Amateurs at least 50 years of age who are residents of Florida. For amateurs, a valid USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4 at time of entry is required.

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