Florida Azalea Senior: Rich Buckner wins by one shot
10 Mar 2024
by Justin Golba of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Florida Azalea Senior, Palatka Golf Club, Rich Buckner Rankings

Rich Buckner (Palatka Golf Club Photo)
Rich Buckner (Palatka Golf Club Photo)

Rich Buckner of Hobe Sound, Fla., finished at even par to win the Florida Azalea Senior Amateur Championship at Palatka Golf Club in Palatka, Fla. 

Buckner shot rounds of 67-71-72 to finish even par, besting Kevin VandenBerg of Naples, Fla., by one shot. VandenBerg started the day four shots behind Buckner, but a final round 1-under 69 allowed him to move up to the top of the leaderboard. However, Buckner was able to hold him off and win. 

VandenBerg is currently ranked No. 4 in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Rankings.

John Bearrie of Marana, Ariz., finished in solo third place, and Robert Bechtol of Tallahassee, Fla., and 2023 champion Matthew Avril of Vero Beach, Fla., finished T4 at 5-over to round out the top five. 

In the Super Senior Division, James Starnes of Fort Meyers, Fla., won by four shots, finishing at 1-over after shooting rounds of 70-72-69. David Anthony of Jacksonville, Fla., finished 5-over and four shots back of Starnes. 

In the Legends Division, Gregory Osborne of Lititz, Pa., finished 1-under to win by one shot over Bobby Lundquist of Sanford, Fla., who finished in solo second place at even par. Marc Fried of Solo, Ohio finished in solo third place at 1-over.

In the Super Legends Division, Jim Carley of Ormond Beach, Fla., finished 6-over to win by five shots over Pete McDade of Apollo Beach, Fla., who shot 11-over. In the Grand Master Division, Brian Sachs of Newberry, Fla., shot 6-over to win by three shots over Nick Kirkland of Snellville, Ga., who finished 9-over.

Palatka Golf Club was designed by Donald Ross in 1925 and borders the beautiful Ravine State Gardens. The course is only 6000 yards long from the tips, but the small Ross greens and well-placed bunkers will give your game a test. The greens are firm and fast for the tournament.

Results: Florida Azalea Senior
1VARich BucknerGainesville, VA70067-71-72=210
2NYKevin VandenbergPulaski, NY40069-73-69=211
3AZJohn BearrieMarana, AZ30072-69-72=213
T4FLMatthew AvrilVero Beach, FL30067-77-71=215
T4FLRobert BechtolTallahassee, FL30072-71-72=215

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54 hole stroke play championship with Senior (ages 55+), Super Senior (ages 64-69), Legends (ages 70- 74) and Super Legends (ages 75+) divisions. Players will be grouped into six flights by handicap. After 36 holes the Championship flight will be cut to top 70 players and ties.

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