Playing in just his second SOS event, Peter DeTemple, Lexington Park, MD, carded an opening round 4-under 68 in the Senior Masters, played at Indian Wells Golf Resort, Indian Wells, CA. DeTemple, a 2016 Virginia Senior Four Ball Champion, posted six birdies and two bogies on the Players Course in round one.

Larry Nunez, Austin, TX, and Robb Pomerantz, Rancho Mirage, CA were tied in second after the first round at even par. Jim Ream, Cerritos, CA, Ken Noonan, Pacific Grove, CA and Jerry Hudgins, Tyler, TX were knotted at 1-over 73.

After the second round, DeTemple increased his lead over the field with an even par 72. Three players were tied for second place at 145, including Adam Kugler, Closter, NJ, Ream and Pomerantz.

DeTemple’s final round 76 was good for a three shot victory over Allen Peake, Macon, GA (75-71-73) and Mark Knecht, Paducah, KY (77-73-69). Alone in fourth was Lawrence Field, Tulsa, OK (74-74-72).

In the Super Senior Division, Jeff Burda, La Quinta, CA, was able to hold off a final round charge by Chris Maletis, Indian Wells, CA for a two shot victory. Burda, the 2013 Senior Masters Champion and current SCGA Senior Four Ball Champion, put up rounds of 67-71-73. Maletis, a two-time winner of SOS events including the 2013 Senior Masters Super Senior division, threw six birdies at Burda in the final round.

Evan Long, Charlotte, NC, the 2017 SOS Fall Classic Champion was alone in third at 214. Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, CA, and Robert Hess, Casselberry, FL, tied for fourth at 1 over 217. Hess is a three time SOS Champion, including the 2017 Hesler Super Senior division.

In the Grand Master division, Frank Abbott, Las Vegas, NV, completed a successful defense of his 2017 Senior Master win. Abbott’s final round 70 and 218 total was good by three over Denny Adkins, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, and Robert Currey, Boston, MA. shot the low round of the tournament, a 2-under 70, to come from behind and win by five shots with a 2-over par 218 total. Robert Currey, Boston, MA (75-72-76) and Denny Adkins, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, (73-70-80) tied for second.