FIRST TIME WINNERS AT THE BOGEY
Ralph Bogart, one of the Society of Seniorís founding fathers would have loved the 2015 edition of his namesake event. All the elements were in play including an immaculate golf course, windy Florida weather and of course, a very high level of competition. And a wire-to-wire winner.
The Crown Colony Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers was the venue for a full field of ninety-six players. Included in the prestigious field was Sarasotaís KC Fox, the 2015 Florida Sr. Match Play Champion, playing in his first SOS event.
Crown Colony G&CC was nothing less than spectacular in all areas. The beautiful Ron Garl designed course provided an exciting blend of Scottish style approaches to beautiful green complexes. The course conditions, under Superintendent Jeff Price are exceptional.
The long hitting Fox, coming off a third place finish at the Dixie Senior, opened the competition with an even par 72, good for a one shot lead over new SOS member Jim Starns of Ft. Myers and Naples resident Jim Rollefson.
Fox put the heat on the field with a blistering 4-under par 68 second round putting him atop the leader board with a four-shot lead over hard charging Ron Carter, Monticello, IN (144) and a five-shot lead over Rocky Costa, Alpharetta, GA (145).
Fox began a slow retreat in round three, carding an outgoing 39 but righted the ship for the inward nine 35 that included three birdies. Solon Ohioís Mark Fried, playing in the group ahead of Fox posted a final round 2-under par 70, including six birdies.
Foxís three round total of 214 was good for a two shot victory over Fried (216).
In the Super Senior Division, long time member Tom Elfers, Loveland, Ohio notched his first ever SOS victory by winning a playoff on the first hole over Santa Feís Richard Alarid.
Elfers, entered the final round at 144, one shot behind leader Pete Allen, Southport NC, and tied with Texan Gary Kirwan and Rick Bauch, Hartland, WI.
The real story of round three in the Super Senior Division was Alaridís scorching 6-under par 66 that erased a five shot deficit finding him in a tie at 215 with Elfers.
Elfers made a steady par to Alaridís bogey on the first playoff hole for the win.
Jerry Jackson, Kokomo, Indiana posted steady rounds of 76-74-74 (224) that was good for a two shot victory over perennial favorite Claud Johnston (73-79-74-226).
A very special thanks go to Head Professional Tim Knowles and his excellent staff, and to Rudy Lanza, Club Manager for making the Society members feel at home.