CUOMO BRINGS HIS A GAME
The Country Club of Orlando was chartered in November 1911. Built along the Florida East Coast Railroad line, as were many southern Donald Ross courses, attracted northern tourists, and the nine-hole golf course was seen as a tremendous asset to the city. For the second time in four years, CCO was the host to the John Kline Super Seniors.
For the first time since the tournament’s inception, namesake General John Kline was not in attendance. John is home in San Antonio, recovering from a broken hip. Able to send an email to the players, the General wished all a successful event, and requested everybody make “one long putt” for him.
Ninety five SOS members, ranging between the ages of 65 and 92, enjoyed the splendid course and the quiet elegance of CCO. Members from more than 15 states including Hawaii were in the field. Special thanks go to CCO members Chip Landon, Hammer Ward and Austin Jones for their continued efforts to allow the SOS to visit this fantastic facility.
Round one was played in gusty winds, making for difficult approaches to the small Ross greens. Low round of the day went to eventual winner John Cuomo, Richmond, VA who fired a superb 3-under par 69. Tied for second at 74 were Jim Rollefson, Franklin, WI and Westhampton Beach, NY resident Robert Stuart. A group of four players posted 75’s to include John Casstevens, Glen Allen, VA, Pete Allen, Southport, NC, Gary Strickfadden, Southern Pines, NC and Jerry Hutton, Long Beach, CA.
Cuomo carded a one-over 73 (142) in round two, but the rounds of the day belonged to Pete Allen and John Baldwin, West Palm Beach with very nice 2-under par 70’s. Allen’s 145 total erased half of his six shot deficit with Cuomo going to the final round.
In the third round, Cuomo hearing footsteps at his heels, was only able to make one birdie to finish with a final 76 (218). Allen was unable to muster a charge, but John Baldwin applied pressure with a finishing 71 and a 219 total, one short of Cuomo.
In the Grand Masters Division, steady Dick McClear, Frankfort, MI edged New Market Virginia’s Bob Moyers (228) by one shot. McClear’s 227 total included rounds of 77-73-77. Atlanta’s Joe Estes won the 80 and over division by seven with rounds of 84-76-78 (238). Alone at 255 was 92 year old Bud Chapman, Treasure Island, FL.
The 2015 John Kline Super Senior was a huge success. Thanks John, for allowing us to assemble each year in your honor.
DUAL IN THE DESERT
The Society of Seniors Senior Masters, played at the splendid Indian Wells Golf Resort once again provided an exciting finish as Las Vegas resident Doug Pool grabbed the lead after round one and held on for 54 holes.
Pool always a threat, finished second in the 2014 SOS Ralph Bogart Tournament, following a tie for first at the 2013 Carlton Woods Invitational and a win at the 2013 Golfweek Senior Amateur. His impressive resume includes a second place finish in the 2012 Senior British Amateur, and a win at the 2012 SOS Senior Masters.
Pool’s opening round of 68 on the Players Course and a second round 71 on the Celebrity Course placed him one shot ahead of Cleveland Ohio’s Bob Kain (71-69). Kain, no stranger to the desert, battled Pool for 17 holes in the final round, only to find himself behind by three on the last tee.
An O.B. tee shot by Pool on the 54th hole left the door slightly ajar for Kain. A perfect tee shot by Kain, followed by a close approach set the stage for an exciting finish. Pool’s third from the tee found the fairway, his approach was also good and the putting duel was on.
Kain drained his birdie and stood by to watch Pool’s attempt. A hole out would mean a one stroke victory, a miss would mean extra innings.
Pool, ever the veteran, calmly stroked his putt to the center, carding a bogie five, good for a single shot victory.
In the Super Senior Division, 2010 SOS Senior Masters Champion Chris Maletis of Portland, Oregon posted rounds of 73-70-71 (214) good for a four shot victory over Payson, Arizona’s David Rasley, alone at 218.
Maletis, a perennial contender, finished second and third in the Senior Masters in 2013 and 2014 respectively. This was the first attempt for the Oregonian to tee it up with the 65 and older crowd.
In the Grand Masters it was La Quinta’s Fred Rowland leading after round one with a one-under par 71, and it was Fred Rowland leading after round two with an even par 72, and not surprisingly, it was Fred Rowland at the top of the heap after round three with a one-over par 73. Rowland’s 216 total was good for a nine shot victory over Robert Callan, San Francisco (72-79-74).