Wire-to-wire winner Gene Elliott
LECANTO, FL (December 12, 2017) - Gene Elliott escaped the grasps of a Des Moines, IA winter to win the Golfweek Senior Tournament of Champions played at the Quarry Course of Black Diamond Ranch. Elliott took the first round lead with a 4-under 68 and began the final round tied for the lead before closing with a 1-under 71 to finish 5-under and as the five-stroke winner.
During the final round Elliott took charge early with birdies on Nos. 1, 5, 10 and 14 to reach 8-under and as 36-hole co-leader Jack Hall struggled the lead was stretched to as many as eight-strokes throughout the round.
Elliott did falter a bit down the stretch with a late double-bogey on the 16th and a 17th hole bogey but despite the dropped shots the lead was to much for the chasers to overcome. With the victory Elliott has moved to No. 2 in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Rankings.
The victory was also the fourth AGC ranking win of the season for Elliott who had previously won the Canadian Senior Amateur, Crane Cup Senior and Trans-Mississippi Senior.
Jack Hall, ranked fifth in the AGC Senior Rankings, ended up even-par for the week and as the runner-up. Hall shot a disappointing 5-over 76 in the final round.
Chris Hall was a distant third at 11-over, Tom Baird and James Starnes shared fourth at 12-over.
SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
Carl Nanni pulled away to win the Super Senior Division. Nanni finished 8-over and as a comfortable five shot winner.
Rob Hess who led after 36-holes was second at 13-over while the 16-over Evan Long was third.
On the first extra hole George Washburn bested Don Marsh to win the Legends Division. Both players finished regulation 6-over with Washburn earning his spot in the playoff with an 18th hole birdie.
Jack Marin took third at 9-over.
ABOUT THE Golfweek Senior TOC
54 hole, Medal Play with Senior (55-64),
Super Senior (65-69), and Legends (70+) Divisions.
The Golfweek Senior
Tournament of Champions is open to all winners of
senior events in the last calendar year.
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