New Member Dan Russo Makes A Statement
October 18, 2020
The 2020 Dale Morey Championship returned for a sixth time to the home of the Society of Seniors, The Club at Quail Ridge. Quail Ridge has hosted this event in 1999, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Each and every time the SOS has visited the Boynton Beach golf community; it has been a memorable event.
The newly redesigned Bobby Weed South Course was the headline. The field played both courses during the 54 hole event, the Senior and Super Senior divisions played two rounds on the North one on the South, while the Legend, Grand Master and Super Grand Master divisions played two rounds on the South, one on the North.
As usual, the Quail Ridge members were out in force, attired in Carolina blue shirts in honor of the late Charlie Price. Price was a long time member of the Society and Quail Ridge serving as the chairman of this competition many times. Charlie Price passed away this summer. The players joined the members in solidarity by honoring Charlie with a blue ribbon on their hats.
Daniel Russo, Delray Beach, FL, playing in his first SOS event posted a fine 2-under par 70 opening round, only to find himself one shot back of Rich Buckner, Hobe Sound, FL alone at 69. Allen Peake, Macon, GA also fired an opening 70. Five players were tied after round one at one-under, Ken Kinkopf, Jupiter, FL, Stephen Maddalena, Jackson, MI, Steve Cannady, Pooler, GA, Craig Hurlbert, Magnolia, TX and Brian Kennedy, Highland Beach, FL.
Russo continued his fine play with a second round 68, the low round for the senior division during this event. Greg Sanders, Anchorage, AK posted a 3-under 69, while Ken Kinkopf added a second 71. Russo at 138, Kinkopf at 142 and Steve Harwell, Mooresville, NC at 145. This was Harwell’s first SOS event.
With a four-shot lead, Daniel Russo had a simple plan in the final round. “Get off to a good start,” Russo said.
Russo made birdies on the first two holes and never looked back. His final 1-under 71 and 209 total was good for a 5-shot victory over Kinkopf (214) and Brian Keenan, Tampa, FL (214). Maddalena and Harwell finished in a tie for fourth at 1-under 215.
In the Super Senior Marc Fried, Solon, OH was able to fend off Evan Long, Charlotte, NC with rounds of 73-72-71 (216). Fried’s win was his third SOS win. Long finished one shot back at 217.
Three members of The Club at Quail Ridge earned titles in their divisions: Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, NC (213) won the Legends, Tom McLean, Boynton Beach, FL (220) won the Grand Master and Harry Cain, Boynton Beach, FL (228) won the Super Grand Master.