Country Club of Winter Haven
WINTER HAVEN, FL (January 17, 2018) - The Country Club of Winter Haven proved to be a worthy opponent for the 69 players that braved the chilly conditions for our first Winter Series event of 2018. Although the temperature and winds were unfavorable, the golf course was in immaculate shape which made the two - day event enjoyable for all who participated.
John O'Brien, of Jacksonville, outlasted the field of 12 in the Mid - Amateur division at the Country Club of Winter Haven for his first FSGA victory. John held the early lead after day one, firing an impressive even - par 72. Round Two proved to be significantly harder for the Mid - Amateur division, but O'Brien did not let the cold temperatures get to him as he shot a 76 in the second round, which left him seven shots clear of the rest of the field. Jaime Girardi, of New Port Richey, finished second after getting off to a very solid start on Monday. Chad Ibbotson, of Sanford, rounded out the top three spots with a well played round of 75 on the second day.
Tom Norton, of Reunion, triumphed over Jimmy Jones, of Tampa, to win his first Winter Series event in very exciting fashion. Norton needed to make a birdie on his final hole of the day to force a playoff with Jones, which he did. Both Norton and Jones finished the two rounds with a total score of 146, then promptly headed over to the par five ninth hole for a sudden death playoff. It was there that Norton made a 12 foot birdie putt to win the event after Jones narrowly missed his birdie putt. Norton is no stranger to this event or golf course. He played the same event last year and placed third, shooting the same total score as he did this year (146).
Congratulations are in order for Chip Kelly, from Orlando, - who made his first ever Hole in One on hole 17.
Mike Corbin, of Weston, won the First Flight in the Senior Division after a very solid round in tough conditions. He fired a final round 76 to win by three shots over Kevin Macy, from Tampa. Corbin made two birdies Tuesday en route to his first ever FSGA victory. Ken Kirchner, of Bradenton, narrowly missed out on the second spot after improving four strokes from day one to finish in third place.
Pete McDade, of Lakeland, was one of only two players to shoot a round under-par this week. He finished round one with a 71 and a two - shot lead over Carey Watson. Watson shot a second round 74 to finish at one over - par total for the event (145). McDade finished his second round with seven straight pars to close out his second FSGA victory. Doug LaCrosse, of Tampa, rounded out the top three after shooting 74 - 73, for a 147 total.
Winter Haven resident, Kevin Hyman took home the title for the Super Senior - First Flight Division with a stellar second round. After round one, Hyman was one of five golfers tied for the lead. Round two proved to be quite different for Hyman, as he fired a one over - par 73 to claim the victory by four strokes over Pete Andrews, who finished with a two day total of 160. Lloyd Meisels, of Fort Lauderdale, placed third after shooting 83 - 79.
The Winter Series rolls on to Hunters Green CC, where we will be hosting our annual Four - Ball event on January 29th & 30th.
ABOUT THE Florida Winter Series - Country Club of Winter Haven
The Florida Winter Series is for players 25 years and
older. *Gross scoring only**. A Regular or
Florida State Golf Association membership level is
required. The field is broken down into three
by age. Mid-Amateur (25-54); Senior (55-64); and
Super Senior (65 & over) Mid-Senior plays
approximately 6,700 yards. Senior plays
6,400 yards. Super-Senior approximately 6,100
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