R.J. Nakashian (FSGA photo)
TEQUESTS, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2018) – R.J. Nakashian
tied his two closest pursuers in the final round of the Palm Beach Senior Amateur, but it didn’t matter. Thanks to an opening 68, Nakashian had a big enough cushion to secure the title. The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., resident was 6 under for 36 holes at Turtle Creek Club and finished four shots ahead of the field.
The margin of victory might have been much higher, but for Nakashian’s double-bogey on No. 18 in the final round. He had gotten to 2 under on the day with birdies at No. 15 and 16, but lost ground at the last minute.
Nakashian won the Florida Mid-Senior in 2016, and also combined with Stephen Anderson to win the Palm Beach County Four-Ball that year.
Ryan Howison of Jupiter, Fla., was runner-up at 2 under. He had rounds of 72-70 at Turtle Creek. Pete Williams of Juno Beach, Fla., was third another shot back. Williams won this title a year ago.
John Wegman, in solo fourth, had the best score of the third round, a 3-under 69 that ended with a bogey on No. 18.
Robbie Dew of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the super senior title in a playoff with Peter Metzler of Lake Worth, Fla. Both players finished regulation at 4 under.
The legends division also ended in a playoff. Angelo Sands of Boca Raton, Fla., beat Jan Blick of Palm City, Fla., on the first extra hole after both players finished the weekend at 11 under.
ABOUT THE Palm Beach Senior
Format is 36-holes of stroke play with Senior (50-
Super Senior (60-69), and Legend (70+) divisions.
Open to all PBCGA members who have reached their
birthday by the start of the tournament.
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