Brian Lovett (Credit: Metropolitan Amateur Golf Assoc.)
While the end of the Metropolitan Amateur Championship was relatively stress free for champion Brian Lovett
, they was excitement in some of the other age divisions. One group had two hole-in-ones at Aberdeen Golf Club on Wednesday
The championship consisted of six Divisions: championship, ages 50-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+. Each division aside from the championship awards a net and gross winner.
In the championship division, Lovett, St. Louis, Mo., began the day with a one-stroke lead at 3-under. A solid round 72 kept the chasing pack at bay. An opening 35, which included birdies on hole Nos. 5,6, and 8, helped him build his lead and give him some breathing room. This win pushes Lovett to the top of the Senior Player of the Year leaderboard in Missouri to overtake Buddy Allen. Didier Villard and Tim Barry were both four shots off Lovett's pace to finish in second place.
Nicolas Matrisotto claimed the victory in the 50-59 age division with a two-day gross score of 13-over par, while Jim Modlin won with the net score of 1-under par. Coming in with a score of 7-over par, Brett Combs won the 60-64 gross division.
After handicaps were applied, William Thompson took home the trophy for the 60-64 net division with a 3-over par. Kevin Ortyl was the picture of consistency carding 76 both days to finish on top of the 65-69 gross division.
Ortyl also finished on top of the 65-69 net leaderboard; however because he won the gross, the winnings were passed over to John Epps with a net score of even par.
In the 70-74 division, Jim Dunn carded a total gross score of one-over par to win, and Tom Leahy won with a net score of one-under par.
A pair of Bills took over in the 75 and over division. Bill Wirtz shot a gross score of 18-over par, while Bill Braun used his handicap to top the net leaderboard with a score of 5-over par.
The most notable moment of the day came from the 8:50 am group off of Hole 10. Two members of this 65-69 age division group made a hole-in-one during the day’s round at different times. Having started on Hole 10, the first hole-in-one came from George Von Stamwitz on the par 3 16th hole. This was already an exciting moment for the group to have witnessed, when it happened again seven holes later. This time, Chuck Schranck made the ace on the fifth hole.View results for MAGA Senior Amateur
ABOUT THE MAGA Senior Amateur
36-hole senior championship of the Metropolitan
Amateur Golf Association (MAGA), with an overall
championship (the George F. Meyer Championship)
the following age divisions: 50-59, 60-64, 65-69,
74, and 75+. Entries are
open to amateur golfers who are affiliated with
or are a member of a club which is a Member
Club of the MAGA.
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