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Hanzel back in form, wins fourth Jones Cup Senior
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- Sea Island photo

Doug Hanzel (Savannah, Ga.) is back on top, winning the Jones Cup Senior Invitational at Sea Island for the fourth time after a birdie-birdie finish that put him one stroke ahead of 2018 champion Gene Elliott (W. Des Moines, Iowa) and Jack Larkin (Atlanta, Ga.).

Hanzel, a four-time AmateurGolf.com Senior Player of the Year, is now a four-time Jones Cup Senior champion, having previously lifted the trophy in 2012, 2014 and 2019.

It was a return to form for the 64-year-old former U.S. Senior champion, who won seven national senior events in 2019 but reduced his competitive schedule last year. He did win a couple of team events -- the National Father-Son in Pinehurst and the Georgia Senior Four-Ball with Bob Royak, both successful title defenses -- but went winless individually on the national stage for the first time as a senior.

Hanzel carried a three-shot lead into the final round over three players -- Elliott, Larkin, and Frank Vana (Boxford, Mass.). Playing in the group ahead of Hanzel, Elliott pulled into a tie with five holes left after birdies at 12 and 13, and Larkin making it a threesome at 3 under par with a birdie of his own at 13.

Larkin would bogey the next hole, and when Hanzel went bogey-bogey and 15 and 16, it looked Elliott's tournament to win. But a bogey at 17 proved costly, and when Hanzel rebounded with two birdies to finish, he snatched the tournament away.

Hanzel's winning score was 3-under 213 after closing with a 73. Elliott and Larkin each shot 71 to finish 2 under.

Elliott and Hanzel are now 1-2 in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Ranking.

Steve Harwell (Mooresville, N.C.) and Peter DeTemple (Callaway, Md.) tied for fourth at even par.

Royak, the defending champion this week, finished tied for 17th at 9 over.

In the Super Senior division, there were no such dramatics, thanks to the dominance of Jack Kearney (Peachtree City, Ga.). The 65-year-old shot the low round in each of the three rounds, with scores of 68-70-70 giving him an 8-under-par total and an amazing 14-shot win over Marc Fried (Solon, Ohio).

Kearney played only four of his 54 holes over par, while racking up 14 birdies.

Results: Jones Cup Senior
1GADoug HanzelSavannah, GA120069-71-73=213
T2IAGene ElliottW. Des Moines, IA90068-75-71=214
T2GAJack Larkin, Sr.Atlanta, GA90070-73-71=214
T4NCSteve HarwellMooresville, NC70069-76-71=216
T4MDPeter DetempleLexington Park, MD70073-71-72=216

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54-hole senior invitational event inaugurated in 2012, that follows in the footsteps of the Jones Cup, an event that unofficially kicks off the amateur circuit each year.

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