REYCROFT AT HOME ON THE CAPE
The historic Wianno Club in Osterville, MA provided an iconic Cape Cod setting for the inaugural Indian Summer Classic. The Donald Ross designed course was superb in presentation. Spectacular weather added icing to the cake. The Society of Seniors first visit to New England was most enjoyable.
Playing in his first SOS event, fifty-nine year old Don Reycroft turned on the cruise control for the win. Reycroft, still basking in the glow of his recent Massachusetts Golf Association Senior Amateur win in July, was quite at home on the Wianno grounds.
A resident of Norfolk, MA, Reycroft posted rounds of 73-71-67 (211) good for a 2 shot victory over Evan Long, Charlotte, NC and Peter Van Ingen, New York, NY.
Playing with Van Ingen and Reycroft in the third round, Long jumped to a three shot lead over Van Ingen, and a four shot lead over Reycroft coming to the ninth. Van Ingen’s ace on the ninth and Reycroft’s birdie cut Long’s lead heading to the home nine. A series of bogies for both Van Ingen and Long on the backside were no match for Reycroft’s even par 35. Dave Steingart, Edina, MN was alone in fourth at 218.
In the super seniors division, Ed Fletcher, The Villages, FL, started the final round three shots behind Staten Island’s Skip Tellefsen. Fletcher, like Reycroft, is originally from Massachusetts where he holds 10 state titles. Fletcher ‘s final round 71 vaulted him to the top for the victory. Hard charging Bill Lawler, West Wyoming, PA and first round leader Tom Knapp, Tequesta, FL tied for second at 221.
The Grand Masters division ended regulation play with a tie at 220 between Jim Ono, San Jose, CA and Stan Fischer, Boynton Beach, FL. Ono’s birdie on the second playoff hole broke the deadlock. This was Ono’s first SOS win since becoming a member in 1998.
Congratulations to all of the winners.