2014 RALPH BOGART
The Society of Seniors visits south Florida every December to bathe in the warm sunshine, to enjoy gentle tropical breezes, but mostly to contest the annual Ralph Bogart Tournament. Well, one out of three ain't bad.
The year ending get-together played at the Jonathans Landing Golf Course in Jupiter was more of an endurance test than a good walk spoiled. Cold northerly breezes made the beautiful course a bit of a demon. But the game was on.
In the senior division, it was Duke Delcher, Bluffton, SC, posting an opening round 1-under par 71 over the 6,400 yard layout. Scottsdale's Murphy Mitchell posted an even par 72, good for second place. Round two found the weather taking a turn for the worse, with stiffening north winds accompanied with a drizzly mist.
Most players faltered against the elements, but the story of the day was Ft. Lauderdale's Rick Woulfe, who carded a sterling 5-under par 67 to take the lead. Woulfe's round was four shots better than Peter Van Ingen, New York and Bob Stephens of Indianapolis. Woulfe's 141 total gave him a four shot lead into the third round. First round leaders Duke Delcher and Murphy Mitchell posted 76 and 74 respectively.
The final round was played under sunny skies, albeit chilly, sub-60's temperatures. Woulfe was able to stave off a hard charging Doug Pool, Las Vegas, who was able to post the only sub-par round of the day with 71. Woulfe's final round 75 was good for a one shot victory over Pool and two shots over Murphy Mitchell.
Woulfe's Bogart victory is his second SOS championship title in as many starts.
In the Super Senior division, North Palm Beach resident Jim Smith set the stage with an opening round 2-under par 70, added a second round 74 and coasted to the title with a closing 79, good for a 223 total. Smith's effort was good for a single shot victory over Gary Kirwan, McKinney, Texas, alone at second with rounds of 73-74-77.
The Grand Masters division was topped by perennial favorite Claud Johnston of Ann Arbor Michigan, with rounds of 76-81-76 and a 233 total. Port St. Lucie's Dick Smith finished three shots shy of Johnston with rounds of 83-75-78--236.
2014 Society of Seniors Players of the Year
Senior player of the year honor go to Peter Van Ingen of New York, who amassed a year long total of 470 points, good for the title of Senior Player of the year.
The Super Senior Player of the Year for 2014 is Jim Rollefson, Franklin, Wisconsin. Jim finished high in the points in eight of the eight SOS events he entered in 2014.
And again, the Grand Master Player of the Year honor goes to Claud Johnston, Ann Arbor, MI. Claude was consistent in his excellent play in all seven SOS events entered.
Congratulations to Peter, Jim and Claud!