Kinkopf logs final-round 67, wins Senior Masters in playoff
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First Ken Kinkopf made a final-round run up the Senior Masters leaderboard, then he made short work of a playoff. Kinkopf, a Jupiter, Fla., resident who is No. 2 in the Senior Rankings, has now won two major senior events in 2019.

Kinkopf, who also won the Golfweek Senior POY Classic this year, had a final-round 67 at Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Club that was the lowest on the board by two shots. After rounds of 77-71, it helped him move up the leaderboard into a tie with first- and second-round leader Larry Nunez. Both men finished 54 holes at 1 under.

On the first extra hole, Kinkopf parred while Nunez bogeyed.

Two players tied for third behind Nunez, including Rusty Strawn of McDonough, Ga., and Stephen Maddalena of Jackson, Miss. Both men were 2 over. Texan Randall Conn, at 4 over, rounded out the top 5.

In the super senior division, Doug Pool of Las Vegas has a final-round 72 to finish at even par for the week and log a two-shot win on Bob Kain.

Chris Maletis, an Indian Wells local, won the grand master division at 1 over for the week.


Larry Nunez leads the Senior Masters after two rounds by virtue of his consistency. On Tuesday he was the only player in the field to go under par, but things were much different in Wednesday’s second round at Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Club.

Nunez, of Austin, Texas, came back with his second consecutive 1-under 71. This time, it was the fourth best score on the board. Stephen Maddalena of Jackson, Miss., made up considerable ground with a 7-under 65. That included six birdies on the back nine. That was nine shots better that he played the second nine on Tuesday.

Maddalena, who had a 79 to open, is now solo second at even par.

Behind him, Adam Kugler of La Quinta, Calif., and Randall Conn of Trophy Club, Texas, both logged rounds of 69 on Wednesday. Both had opened with 68. A third player, Rusty Strawn is also tied for third with them at 3 over. Strawn had a second-round 72.

In the super senior division, Las Vegas resident Doug Pool leapfrogged first-round leader Jeff Burda with a second-round 71. Pool now leads at even par, but Burda and Jim Knoll, who recently won the senior division of the San Francisco City Championship, are tied for second at 1 over.


Only Larry Nunez was able to get under par on the opening day of the Senior Masters at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, Calif. Nunez birdied his 17th to get under par and turned in a 1-under 71 that gave him an early three-shot lead in the event.

Nunez, an Austin, Texas, resident who was T-3 in the Golfweek Senior Amateur recently, had a relatively uneventful day. He had just two bogeys and three birdies.

Behind him, Dallas resident Pat Stayer struggled to bring it home, making three bogeys in his final seven holes for an opening 74.

Rusty Strawn of McDonough, Ga., is right behind him at 75. David Steingart of Edina, Minn., and Jeff Dillard of Fort Worth, Texas share fourth with rounds of 76.

In the super senior division, Jeff Burda also had a 1-under 71, but only has a one-shot lead. Gaylord Davis had a 1-over 73 to lead the masters division by one

Results: SOS Senior Masters
1FLKen KinkopfJupiter, FL70077-71-67=215
2TXLarry NunezAustin, TX40071-71-73=215
T3GARusty StrawnMcDonough, GA30075-72-71=218
T3MISteve MaddalenaJackson, MI30079-65-74=218
5TXRandall ConnTrophy Club, TX30078-69-73=220

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