Lewis Stephenson Finds Treasure At Abacoa
March 1, 2018
Playing in just his second SOS event, Lewis Stephenson of Mansfield, Texas was able to hold of Neil Vanleeuwen, Tarpon Springs, FL in a sudden death victory on the second playoff hole.
Stephenson's last SOS appearance was the 2017 Tutwiler where he finished fourth. Vanleeuwen, playing in his first SOS event found himself in a deadlock for first place after regulation play at 224 strokes. After exchanging pars on the first playoff hole, Stephenson a former Texas State Mid Amateur Champion, carded a par to Vanleeuwen's bogey for the win.
Michael Occi, Bonita Springs, the 2015 SOS Spring Classic Champion and Jim Starnes, Ft. Myers, Fl. The 2016 SOS Founders Cup Champion were tied at 225 strokes.
In the Super Senior Division, long hitting Roc Irey, Furlong, PA closed with a 3-over par 75 and a 221 total, good for the win. Tied for second were William Everett, Ft. Myers, FL, Don Russell, Tequesta, FL, and 2017 SOS Super Senior Player of the year, Evan Long, Charlotte, NC.
Pat Vincelli, the 2012 SOS Bogart and John Kline Champion, fired a second round 68, to give him a seven shot lead into the final in the Grand Masters Division.
Vincelli, Stuart, FL, added a final round 74 for a 216 total. His nearest finisher was Wayne Gardner, Mobile, AL at 223.