April 2, 2017 / MetroWest Golf Club

Johnson and Brignola go low at MetroWest

Celebration, FL, April 2, 2017: Originally from St Louis, Chris Johnson is now working on his game in central Florida and it seems to be paying off. Johnson fired an impressive-anywhere 67 to win the Players Flight at MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando. “Chris joined the Players AM Tour late in 2016, won the Players Flight Tour Championship and has entered 2017 better than he was in 2016,” noted Tour Commissioner, Rick Macali of Celebration, FL. Macali added that all the flights are competitive and stated, “We have a few steady players in the Players Flight, like Peter Brignola of Fort Lauderdale.” The Players AM Tour runs tournaments that are flighted by your handicap index (listed on the home page of their website www.playersamtour.com). “Our guys are really competitive, but also quite fair as just this past weekend, one of our players asked to be moved up to the next flight as his game has improved over the winter.”
• PLAYERS Flight– This week, the Players Flight showcased some of the best the Players AM Tour has to offer in Sam Park, Peter Brignola and Chris Johnson. Going out, Park’s only blemish was a bogey on the first hole that kept him within the front nine leader Brignola who bested Johnson’s two birdies by one. Both Brignola and Johnson birdied the first hole – setting the tone for a great match. Out at 33, Brignola, one better than Johnson, he bogeyed number ten and birdied nine and Johnson birdied nine for the two to be tied after hole 11. Johnson birdied 14 to take the lead for good as Brignola found himself one shot down with one to play, but scuffled a bit as Johnson birdied 18 to leave no doubt his 67 would be the winning score on this Sunday. Park played well by making 3 birdies on the back, but holes 15 and 16 he struggled with and finished six behind with a 73.
• A Flight– Sean Pierce made his first appearance on the Players AM Tour and made a statement by winning the flight with a 76. Tour regular, Tim Pulnik had the lead by one going out with a 38 leading Pierce by one shot. The rest of the field found MetroWest challenging. Pierce’s 39 going out was deceiving as he did make 2 birdies, but mixed in a handful of square numbers – whereas Pulnik was steady with just two bogeys on the front. The backside would prove the difference as Pierce only had one bogey and Pulnik struggled on too many holes coming in. Pierce pulled to level on 12 and took the lead he would not relinquish again on hole 13.
• B Flight– Mike Prevost, after this win, asked the Tour to review his scores and asked to be moved up to the A Flight – his wish has been granted by the commissioner. Prevost was a staple of the 2016 season and has improved his game over the winter, and he knows it. Gregory Takacs made a statement going out as he shot a 39 and held a two shot lead over Prevost, and a 4 and 5 shot lead over Ryan Dager and Greg Blomelely respectively. But, it was Prevost and Blomeley that were the more steady players coming in as Prevost bested Takacs by four on the back nine for a 2 stroke win – Blomeley played a steady round to fall short of 2nd behind Takacs by only shot. I’m sure Blomeley will remember 2 holes on the front that really made all the difference between 3rd and maybe 1st place on this day.
Congratulations to Mike Prevost for graduating to the A Flight – he will enter the A Flight in 3rd place in the point standings as per our rules.
• C Flight– Web Lamour found MetroWest to his liking as he played a steady round of 81 for his first win on the Players AM Tour reaching back to 2016. The C Flight was a three horse race that included Lamour, Robert Courtney, Richard Fisher with John Renegar lurking close behind. Lamour and Fisher were tied at 41 at the turn with Courtney one behind and Renegar only 3 back. Lamour, Courtney and Fisher were bunched together with only one or two strokes separating them through 13. But, then lightning struck on 14 when Lamour birdied the 5 par and his competitors struggled on 14, 15 and 16 with doubles and triples that separated Lamour from the field.
• D Flight– A Florida east coaster, Thomas Densmore and a Florida west coaster, Travis Tilwick found themselves tied after nine and both down one to each Tim Sirah and Billy Oconnor who were also tied after nine holes. On holes 10 and 11 there was a 3 and 4 stroke swing between Densmore and Tilwick, but then Tilwick settled down and parred 4 of the last seven holes and stayed away from big numbers to best Densmore by three shots. Shirah and Oconnor finished 3rd and 4th. Tilwick played steady bogey golf all day with a couple large numbers until he reached 13 where a 3 hole par run helped him secure the win.
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March 19, 2017 / Stonegate at Solavita

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81 wins both A and B Flight on a windy day at Stonegate

Celebration, FL, August 13, 2016: Dustin Young made an appearance on the Players AM Tour and fired a 42/39 to win the A Flight with an 81, and Players AM Tour’s staple Jerry Fleming shot the identical 9’s to win the B Flight.  The morning started off mild until the sun burnt off the cloud layer, then Stonegate’s Cypress Course became challenging with the wind reaching 18 mph by 10:30 a.m.  “The first event of 2017 went off without a hitch, the course was in great shape and the wind kept the players humble,” said Players AM Tour Director, Rick Macali.  “We were a bit light on participation as many of our players were attending the Bay Hill final today in Orlando – I expected Bay Hill to be busy this year after the passing of Mr. Palmer, but we needed to start the tour sooner than later and this was an available open date for a great test at Stonegate Golf Club.”  Macali added that, in a quick vote, the players requested to keep Stonegate on the schedule for the following years.  When asked about the future of the Tour, Macali stated that “Our group of guys are really outstanding, as we have guys representing all areas of the state.  Just today we had players from Titusville, Jacksonville, Fort Myers and everywhere in between.  We finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes today as everyone takes responsibility for the Tour’s reputation.  Our growth is 100% responsible to the nature of the guys on our Tour – I respect them quite a bit and I am glad to know them.”

  • PLAYERS Flight
  • A Flight– The Tour welcomes back St. Cloud’s Dustin Young as he went out at 42 and held a 3 stroke lead at the turn over Doug Prusak – and, never looked back as he came in at 39 to win by six strokes over second place John Siddle of Lakeland.  Siddle played steady golf coming in and made up three strokes on the back nine to tie Prusak and win the scorecard playoff for second place.  Prusak did have the most birdies on the day with 3, but too many square numbers didn’t allow him to take advantage.
  • B Flight– Jerry Fleming picked up where he left off last year, with a win –but, in a new flight.  Fleming was promoted from the C to the B Flight after last year’s Tour Championship, but the step up in competition didn’t bother him.  At the turn, it looked like a horse race at the first turn – the whole field was bunched up with John Retzer holding a one stroke lead over Fleming and a two stroke lead over Ryan Dager.  Chris Gase, Michael Solomon and newcomer to the Tour, Greg Blomeley trailed by 3 and 4 shots.  When asked about his performance, Blomeley, who eventually came in second after putting together a nice back nine, mentioned that he left too many putts dead in the hole, just short on distance.  Retzer never got too loose on the backside, but a handful of doubles did their damage to an otherwise nice round.
  • C Flight– Continuing to be one of more steadily competitive flights, the C Flight never disappoints as each round comes down to the wire.  Today, Robert Courtney hung on to best Robert Alexander by one shot.  To Alexander’s credit, he invoked rule 18-2 on himself when he accidentally moved his unmarked ball on the putting green that no one else saw.  Kudos to Alexander for being a gentleman, and congratulations to Courtney for coming back from 2 down after nine to come in at 43 for an 89 total.  Again, five of the six contestants found themselves 2 strokes of each other after nine.  Web Lamour was in second place after nine until the wind did its damage to his game on the backside.  Joe Senra and Mason Coker were in contention after nine, as well – and, each shot better on the back than they did the front, but it wasn’t enough to catch Courtney.  John Renegar, another newcomer to the Tour played steady on both sides, but was never in contention.
  • D Flight– If we are not mistaken, Tom Densmore of Titusville has perfect attendance for the Players AM Tour!  He has also been practicing – he went out at 45 leading Keith Livermore of Fort Myers by 6 and never looked back as he came in at 46 for a 91 total.  Another Tour staple, Billy O’Connor scrambled back to tie Livermore at 108 and to take second on the scorecard playoff.  Another Tour veteran, Michael Trattner continued on the Tour from 2016 and is showing some progress on his scoring.playersamtour.com for more information and how to register as a member and sign up for events.

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August 13, 2016 / Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

Delaney and Solomon shine as first time winners on Tour

Celebration, FL, August 13, 2016: The Ritz-Carlton has the best overall membership value in town – for a few bucks a month, you have unlimited golf and a wonderful pool to take your family. Plus, all the other amenities that come with that.

  • PLAYERS Flight – Nick Shekhawat returns to the winner’s podium by firing an impressive 2 under 70 at a Ritz-Carlton course that was in great shape. Shekhawat was never really challenged as last events winner, Kits Patel shot a nice 4 over, but when someone is playing as clean as Shekhawat was, he was not going to be caught. Shekhawat’s 5 birdies to 3 bogeys wrote the story early.
  • A Flight – David Delaney cashed his first 1st place check on the Players AM Tour this week at the Ritz. Delaney led more prominent Tour names and flight winners like Trowsdale, Pulnik, O’Neill and Infante after nine holes. Delaney’s front nine 38 may have won the tournament for him – Tim Pulnik played the back nine tight, but his front nine set him too far behind Delaney’s 38.
  • B Flight – Michael Solomon, another first time Players AM Tour winner played with 2nd place John Retzer and pushed each other pretty well all around the course until Retzer ran into a scoring chain saw on holes 10 through 14 before he birdied hole 15, but the damage was done as he was fortunate to hang on to 2nd place over TJ Greco. Solomon’s round was impressive with a birdie, three bogeys and a double to go with his 13 pars.
  • C Flight – Jerry Fleming bested the field by nine strokes as Robert Courtney, Mason Coker and Web Lamour battled for 2nd place before Courtney claimed it with a scorecard win beating Coker by 2 on the backside.
  • D Flight – Billy O’Connor birdied #3 on his way to an 86 and the win over Tom “Light My Fire” Densmore and Wesley Adams. O’Connor simply made more pars than most of the D Flight members and limited his big numbers to simple bogeys and didn’t allow himself to turn them into double bogeys.

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July 24, 2016 / Tranquilo

Fazio’s new final holes came into play at Tranquilo

Celebration, FL, July 24, 2016: Fazio’s redesigned Osprey Ridge is also renamed Tranquilo and owned/operated by the Four Seasons. The staff was incredible, better than I remember when it was Disney-run, and that’s hard to beat. I had a chance to fish this course when it was being redesigned and it seems the wildlife doesn’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Deer were all over the course – and, there are big fish in those ponds, too!

  • PLAYERS Flight – Kits Patel fires another one over par 72 to go back-to-back on the Players AM Tour. John Crum and Nick Shekhawat pressed Patel as they went 2 and 3 under respectively on the final 3 holes of the front side – if it weren’t for both Crum and Shekhawat having slow starts, each spotted Patel 4 shots after 4 holes, the outcome could have been different. Patel was steady, with 11 pars, 3 birdies and 4 bogeys.
  • A Flight – Miguel Infante overcame a 2 shot deficit by Jerry O’Neill to win on a scorecard playoff with both competitors shooting impressive 75’s. In a large field, this was a three horse race after nine holes between Infante, O’Neill and Casey Ceman. Ceman’s triple bogey on 11 and a string of square numbers on the final 5 holes eliminated him from the race. That left the drama between Infante and O’Neill to unfold. Once again, O’Neill snatched defeat from the hands of victory as he led by 2 after 15 holes. But, in a familiar scene, O’Neill finished 3 over on the last three holes and that allowed Infante to tie him and win via scorecard.
  • B Flight – In back-to-back weeks, TJ Greco wins on a scorecard playoff. Greco trailed Chris Gase by 3 after nine holes; also in striking distance was Mike Prevost and Shaun Heelan. Like the week before, Greco found himself down 4 with 5 holes to play and took advantage of the leaders errors by shooting one over the last 5 holes to tie Gase and win on a scorecard playoff. Prevost, Michael Solomon and Haleen were right there and just needed a small par run to claim the victory.
  • C Flight – A familiar name in the winner’s circle, Jerry Fleming beat Robert Courtney by 3 and Web Lamour by 4. Fleming fired a back nine 40 to come from 3 down to best Courtney who didn’t play to his ability on 12 through 16 – a couple pars there and the story would be different this day.
  • D Flight – A great field of 12 players contested for the title in the D Flight. Wesley Adams took advantage of the great conditions and beat Po Lehman and Dom DeVito after all three players were relatively close going out at 41, 43 and 44 respectively. Adams played a steady round on the backside and made two birdies to stake his claim.

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July 9, 2016 / ChampionsGate National

Patel tames the National, Trowsdale back to claim crown

Celebration, FL, July 9, 2016: ChampionsGate National tested the membership of the Players AM Tour Saturday. With the International course down for green repair, the National course is getting traffic, but you wouldn’t know it – the place was in great shape and proved a test

  • PLAYERS Flight – Newcomers fare well on the Players AM Tour, and Kits Patel proved that true shooting a stellar 73 on a difficult golf course. Patel and Nick Shekhawat were tied after nine with both going out at 3 over par, but Patel played the next 7 holes at 2 under while Shekhawat did his best to hang on. Shekhawat played like the champion he is by coming in at only 2 over, but Patel had a great back nine and came in 1 under. Shekhawat posted an impressive 76.
  • A Flight – One of the largest fields was in the A Flight where returning champion Steven Trowsdale came back from medical leave to top DeVon Taylor by one, 77 to 78. Taylor led the field after nine holes with an impressive 2 over, positioning himself 2 better than Trowsdale. Taylor extended the lead to 3 briefly before a string of bogeys on the last 4 holes opened the door as Trowsdale was steadier and earned the win playing the back nine in just 2 over.
  • B Flight – A true “Tale of Two Nines,” identical nines, that is, as TJ Greco beat Greg Takacs on the scorecard playoff by besting him by three on the back nine. Both players started the round 3 over after 3. But at the 4 par fourth hole Takacs birdie and Greco’s double separated the players as Takacs was ahead by 3 after nine holes and extended to 4 after 14 until he couldn’t keep it between the lines on the last 5 holes. That’s where Greco made par when he needed to and evened the score at 85 – Greco’s 44-41 beat Takacs 41-44.
  • C Flight – In the shortest field of the season for the C Flight, Jerry Fleming held off Robert Courtney to win by 3, 93 to 96. Fleming led by one after nine and Courtney couldn’t catch him as he had too many square number versus Fleming’s 3 pars.
  • D Flight – Bill O’Connor cashed his first check of the year with a win at ChampionsGate. O’Connor bested the field by making more pars and smaller square numbers over the course of the round. Wesley Adams was down 2 after nine, but could only tie O’Connor on the back nine.

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June 25, 2016 / West Orange Country Club

Shekhawat shoots under par, Pulnik wins for first time

Celebration, FL, June 25, 2016: The proving grounds at West Orange Country Club tested the membership of the Players AM Tour this past Saturday. The course didn’t seem too tough for Nick Shekhawat as he finished the day one under par.

  • PLAYERS Flight – Nick Shekhawat and Chris Mari used this event to play their UCF Club match play. On paper this was set to be a great match as Mari shot 69 at the Players AM Tour event at Reunion the week before, and Shekhawat is always steady. However, Mari’s promotion to the Players Flight and the added distance may have been on his mind as Shekhawat led wire-to-wire versus the field, except for the first hole where he and second place finisher, Casey Ceman, both birdied the opening hole par 5.
  • A Flight – Tim Pulnik, Jerry O’Neill and Al Robinson all positioned themselves to take the A Flight this week. O’Neill had a three shot lead after nine holes and seemed to be cruising until a triple bogey on the 5 par tenth hole brought the three competitors close. Another triple on the 3 par 12th sealed O’Neill’s fate for the day. Pulnik’s eagle on the 5 par 13th separated him from Robinson who couldn’t rebound from his steady diet of bogeys on holes 11 through 14. Pulnik made up the three shot deficit on the front nine to O’Neill to win by 2 with a 78.
  • B Flight – The distance or the course proved too much for the B Flight competitors this week as none went low. Mike Prevost and John Retzer both started with pars but found the rest of the course troubling as the only birdie in the B Flight was from Prevost on the 4 par 6th. Prevost prevailed by 2 over Retzer, but the score is deceiving as Prevost was never really in trouble.
  • C Flight – Jerry Fleming again destroyed the C Flight by winning by 10 strokes on a difficult course. No one threatened Fleming as he posted an even amount of pars and bogeys except for his triple bogey on the 5 par 18th. Web Lamour started the first three holes 7 over that proved to be too much to overcome.
  • D Flight – Ready Golf League’s captain Josh Broeker found himself tied with Tom Densmore, Billy O’Connor after the first nine. Broeker made 2 pars on the back to win the flight with a 94. Densmore couldn’t find the par train and finished one behind with a 95. O’Connor made one par on the back, but too many big numbers cost him third place with a finish of 96. Robert Shearer, down only 2 after nine played steady bogey golf, if he could have put a couple pars together, he may have made some noise.

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June 12, 2016 / Reunion Nicklaus

Crum edges Shekhawat; Mari fires an impressive 69

Celebration, FL, June 12, 2016: Reunion’s Nicklaus course played host to the sixth installment of the Players AM Tour’s inaugural season. More than 60 players registered for this event and the Tour is growing in popularity among all skill levels.

  • PLAYERS Flight – It seems the first-time players have all the luck in the Players Flight. Last week was Nick Shekhawat’s first event, and he claimed first place – this week John Crum was the newcomer to take first place honors. Crum played a relatively even round the whole way to a level 72 – he matched his 3 bogeys with 3 birdies and edge Shekhawat by one on the total despite Shekhawat’s one under 35 on the back.
  • A Flight – This week, Chris Mari left no doubt in anyone’s mind on what his intention was as he fired an impressive 3 under, 69. His six birdies were quite impressive on this, and any course. His play left the real race in this flight for second place. Steven Trowsdale, Carey Carter and Al Robinson all finished with 78 to finish in that order using the scorecard playoff system. Trowsdale is to be commended as he limped out over the first 5 holes at 7 over – but a string of birdies kept him in contention for 2nd place which he did take. Robinson played the steadiest of the 3 all day except for a triple bogey on the 4 par 17th.
  • B Flight – Sean Horrigan posted a fantastic 75 to take B Flight, beating the next place finishers by 9 and 10 strokes. Horrigan was one under after 6 and finished the front nine at level. Ryan Dager, TJ Greco, Will Henderson and Kevin Jones were left standing behind Horrigan to try for second. Kevin Jones opened with a couple triple bogeys, but played steady throughout the day to take 5th place. Will Henderson finished strong at 3 under on the last 5 holes to shoot an 84 and take 4th place. Second place was decided between a newcomer, Ryan Dager and a tour veteran TJ Greco. The front nine for both players were quite similar except for Dager’s triple bogey on one – this was the difference as Greco held a 2 shot lead going out. Dager collected himself and fired a 40 coming home to Greco’s 44 and beat him on the total by 2.
  • C Flight – Robert Courtney led the field with an 88 beating the next best competitor by 7. Courtney led a string of bogey’s take him to the finish line and didn’t make any big mistakes that usually affects the amateur player. Web Lamour, James Murphy and Edwin Rivera placed in that order.
  • D Flight – The race for first was between Travis Tilwick, Kevin Hellman and Doug Derderian. All three players went out even with Hellman taking a one shot advantage even with a triple bogey on the 4 par, ninth hole. Hellman played the first third of the back nine at par, but ran into trouble with a string of doubles that opened the door for either Tilwick or Derderian to take the lead from him. Tilwick played steadier as he beat Derderian by one on the back and total and tied Hellman for the low spot. The players agreed to Tilwick the winner and Hellman 2ndover a beer and some negotiation versus fighting the heat and the oncoming storm. Derderian finished 3rd.

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May 22, 2016 / Orange County National Panther Lake

Salmon and Hellman Win in Playoff – each needed just two holes

Celebration, FL, May 22, 2016: Another chapter of 2016’s Players AM Tour was added this weekend at Orange County National’s Panther Lake. Fifty-eight of Florida’s amateur golfers played Saturday for a chance to be named their flight winner.

Panther Lake, like always, proved that good shots are rewarded and bad shots are penalized. There is little room for error on the previous Q-school qualifying course. On a side note, the wind didn’t make it any easier on the players – sometimes gusting to 20 mph. Of the course, Brooksville’s own, Travis Tilwick had this to say, “I play on many amateur Tour’s and Rick is running a great program here – I played on the Players AM Tour today because I like playing great courses and OCN today, proved to be a great course. The greens were pristine and the layout is that of any great championship course. However, if the Players AM Tour is run like this at each event, I will definitely be back – very professionally run, we even had a starter on tee one announcing us and where we were from.”

The Players AM Tour hosted two groups this weekend, Orlando’s Ready Golf League managed by Josh Broeker and from Baltimore, MD, the Tour on the Shore’s Ray Taranto. Both groups have great programs, and the Players AM Tour is fortunate to be paired with both in the future.

  • PLAYERS Flight – Marvin Salmon and Nick Shekhawat, the Celebration GC winner, were tied after 18 to force the Players AM Tour’s first playoff. After nine, all competitors were bunched within 3 shots of each other led by Miguel Infante with a 37 followed by Shekhawat and George Roy with a 38 and Salmon, seemingly looking from the outside in with a 39. Infante struggled with a double on the 5 par tenth and Roy momentarily held the lead after he and Salmon both birdied. However, the race was between Salmon and Shekhawat as they were the most steady through fourteen, playing them a -2 and -1 respectively. And, then it got interesting. Salmon made bogey on 15 and Shekhawat made double on 16 leaving Salmon ahead by one going into 18 after both made par on the 3 par seventeenth. Salmon doubled 18, opening the door for Shekhawat to steal the tournament with a par, but he bogeyed sending the match into a sudden death playoff. Salmon won the playoff by playing steady on the extra holes going par-par, and Shekhawat scored par-bogey.
  • A Flight – Jason Keene left no doubt in his competitor’s mind that he showed up to win. Keene, after 7, was -1 and went out at 37 after two bogeys on 8 and 9. DeVon Taylor seemed to be challenging Keene as he was level through 6, but finished +4 on the last three holes on the front. Al Robinson was the closest to Keene at 39 going out. All three played steady on the back nine, but Taylor nor Robinson could catch Keene as he simply made more pars to finish 38 coming in, for a 37-38, 75 – a great round at OCN’s Panther Lake.
  • B Flight – Nineteen players teed it up in the B Flight, and it was hotly contested from the first tee to the eighteenth green, as newcomer to the tour, Sean Horrigan played well enough on the front and steady on the back to hold off back nine charges by tour veterans TJ Greco and Conlan Micher. Horrigan’s 40, tour guest Ray Taranto and Mike Prevost’s 41, and last week’s winner, Michael Solomon’s 42 were the best three scores after nine. Horrigan played steady on the front, but couldn’t seem to get off the bogey train on the back. He benefitted from Taranto and Prevost’s double bogeys on the back nine. But, Greco did not give up hope, if it wasn’t for an unfortunate double bogey on the 3 par fifteenth, we may have had a third playoff.
  • C Flight – Jerry Fleming’s 83 dominated C Flight. As C Flight teed it up, the wind started to kick up, and the scores showed it – except for Fleming’s. James Murphy was the only competitor within striking distance of Fleming after nine. On the back side, Robert Courtney tied Fleming with an impressive 41, but he spotted Fleming 9 too many on the front to catch him. Compared to a horse race, this was the 1973 Belmont where Secretariat won by 31 lengths.
  • D Flight – The Tour’s second largest, and consistently growing flight, was the spotlight of our second Tour playoff. Kevin Hellman needed two holes to best Tim Shirah as both were tied after 18. Shirah led by one over Hellman and Travis Tilwick by one after nine holes, and then by four over Hellman after 12. Tilwick played the most steady on the back side, but the bogey train didn’t stop to let him off until hole number 17, just a couple pars on the backside and the outcome would have been different. After a series of miscues and well-placed birdies by both Hellman and Shirah, Hellman found himself ahead by one after 16. Shirah fought back to tie Hellman and to force the playoff where Hellman was victorious.

Reunion Resort’s Nicklaus course is next up for the Players AM Tour – SUNDAY June 12, 2016.

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May 7, 2016 / Celebration Golf Club

Gusty winds and fast greens bring players to reality

Celebration, FL: Another chapter of 2016’s Players AM Tour was added this weekend at Celebration Golf Club. Fifty-two of Florida’s amateur golfers played Saturday for a chance to be named their flight winner. In order to claim the title, they had to brave the gusty winds and the dryer than normal and quick greens, at one of the areas best courses. DeVon Taylor of Celebration noted, “I’ve never seen these greens this fast. They were receptive in the morning, but as the sun came up and the wind started blowing, nothing was holding.” This was evident in the scoring as the first 3 groups accounted for 50% of the birdies made, and those same groups only had ONE on the backside. Of the golf course staff, Rick Macali states, “I have to commend the staff at Celebration for their after round attention at our luncheon. Almost all 52 players stuck around for the awards ceremony, and the staff brought out tables, chairs, put up tents to shield us from the afternoon sun – they were simply amazing.”

There were three great sponsors of our event on Saturday, Mercedes Benz, DFT Management and USA Hardware.

Mercedes Benz gave the players an opportunity to drive home in a brand new, $59,000 customized Metris – unfortunately, for everyone involved, except the insurance company, no one holed out on the 3 par #13. Other prizes up for grabs on the other 3 pars were a set of TaylorMade Razorbladez irons, a Stay&Play package at TPC Sawgrass and a $500 shopping spree from Travis Mathew.

DFT Management sponsored the luncheon after the round. DFT is a premier full service real estate development firm located in Greenwich, CT, with offices in New York and Florida. The founder and principle fo DFT, Dom DeVito, is a member of the Players AM Tour and flew down from Connecticut for the event.

USA Hardware on west 192 in Kissimmee was a financial sponsor of the event. For all your hardware needs, don’t go to the box stores, please check out USA Hardware for their great customer service and deals.

  • PLAYERS Flight – In his first event, Nick Shekhawat, found himself three over after the first hole, but played the final 17 holes at just 2 over, shooting a 77. After nine, Daniel Pachon led by one stroke, followed closely by Shekhawat, Kyle Mazza, Jessica Wild and James Gomatos. As the field faded, Gomatos was only 2 down after 15 as he and Shekhawat were cruising through the back nine – but, Shekhawat birdied the 3 par 16th and Gomatos made 8 on the 5 par 18th sealing the win for Shekhawat.
  • A Flight – Steven Trowsdale added another notch on his ‘flight win’ belt as he posted a relatively uncontested 78 on Saturday. Trowsdale, a native of the UK, showed his experience of wind play and him being used to fast, hard greens. As the greens were more receptive in the morning, Trowsdale left no doubt as to his intentions as he came in at even par – what a nine that could have been as he made three birdies to an uncharacteristic triple bogey on the 5 par 4th. All newcomer Stewart Grashoff and veteran Jerry O’Neill could do was hope Trowsdale had another big number in him. All three posted similar scores on the back making Trowsdale superior front the deciding factor.
  • B Flight – A new face to the tour, Michael Solomon displayed great reserve as three big numbers stopped him from going low on Saturday. Michael started 2 under after 5 until a triple bogey slowed his momentum. Jay Burke, Conlan Micher, Aleem Khan, and Robson Suarez all placed in what is our largest flight, but none challenged Solomon at Celebration. The closest race was for third where Micher finished the day stronger than Khan coming in. Solomon’s 11 pars on the day were impressive in the conditions.
  • C Flight – No good deed goes unpunished, AQUAhydrate’s Jerry Fleming dropped off 3 cases of water for the Tour in the morning and then dropped off a scorecard in the afternoon of 81, that proved him the flight winner. Edwin Rivera and James Murphy finished second and third, respectively, as Rivera posted a 39 going out was the flight leader by three after 10! But, the last 7 holes weren’t as kind to Rivera and Fleming birdied 17 to put any doubt to rest. Fleming steadiness helped him finish strong as he came in with a 3 over 39 – a quality nine as some say Celebrations last nine holes are the most demanding anywhere.
  • D Flight – New kid in town, George Mucelli out-dueled Billy O’Connor in what could have been billed as a 1970’s heavyweight fight between Ali and Frazier. Neither opponent staked their claim early, though O’Connor did lead by one after nine. You knew this was going to come down to 18, as on the 5 par 12th, Mucelli chipped in from 15 yards to make his par, this left O’Connor with a thirty foot double-break putt to keep the score even – and, he drained it with authority as to say to Mucelli, ‘I got game, too!’ All even after 12 there was a 2 shot swing by Mucelli on 13 and then a three shot swing by O’Connor at 14. The two sparred all day to come to 18 all tied up where Mucelli posted a 6 and O’Connor could not take advantage of the opening and posted an 8 leaving Mucelli standing all alone after 18, a winner by two shots.

Orange County National’s Panther Lake is next up for the Players AM Tour – SUNDAY May 22, 2016, the members of the Players AM Tour will tee it up where many current and past PGA players played at the pre-2012 Q-School for their ticket to the PGA Tour.

www.playersamtour.com for more information and how to register as a member and sign up for events.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information, call or email Rick Macali at 407-566-1533 / rick@playersamtour.com

In order to play on the tour, you must have amateur status, be registered as a member and pay for the event online – the normal cutoff dates for the event are Friday at noon the day before the event.

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April 23, 2016 / Harmony Golf Preserve

Gavrich and Park battle on the lightning fast greens of Harmony Golf Preserve

Celebration, FL, April 23, 2016: The Players AM Tour teed it up at Harmony Golf Preserve on Saturday. The course had the greens running at 11 on the stimp meter, however, an early morning shower slowed them down until most players got through 2/3 of the course. Then the sun and wind had them running at blistering pace. Conlan Micher, playing in his first Players AM Tour event, mentioned, “the greens were true and fast, just like I like them.” Micher is a Harmony resident and was excited to compete on his home course.

  • Players Flight – This was a great 18 holes to watch as newcomers to the tour, Tim Gavrich and Sam Park sparred for top honors in the Players flight. Park set the tone early with four birdies on the front and going out at an impressive, three under, 33. Gavrich, playing steady coming in, evened the score after he birdied the 198 yard par three and Park made bogey. But, Park didn’t fold, two holes later he made eagle on the 535 yard 5-par to take a 2 shot lead, but that was the end of his reign as he finished four over on the last four holes and posted a steady 1 under for the back nine. Gavrich won the flight posting a one under 71 to Park’s one over 73.
  • A Flight – DeVon Taylor played to one on the back to win the A Flight by 5 shots. That 37 on the back is impressive as the greens dried out later in the day and were running quick. After the first nine, Jerry O’Neill led by 2 with a 39 with everyone else bunched at 41 adn 42. But, Taylor went level from 10-17 with only a double bogey blemish to finish on 18. Second place was decided by a scorecard playoff as Jason Keene and Dustin Young both posted 83’s. Keene, in his first event on the Players AM Tour, had a better final nine and took second place.
  • B Flight – Familiar names Mike Prevost and Aleem Khan are blazing the B Flight in the last few weeks. Prevost was victorious on Saturday with a 79, but Khan was only 2 shots back. Khan was down 2 at the turn, but pulled within one after he birdied the 4-par 11th. That was as close as it got as both players hung a 40 on the backside, and Prevost steadied himself and played smooth on the way in.
  • C Flight – Tour veterans, Dean Grimes and Nick Hargett, showed us a little bit of everything during this round – starting after Hargett’s drive off number one strayed off the golf course to the left. Hargett gathered himself and led his flight by 4 after nine holes. Grimes didn’t give up – he settled down and came from behind on the last 6 holes to best Hargett by three shots. Hargett couldn’t keep it together on holes 14, 15 and 16 – that was the difference as Grimes played well enough to win.
    *We are proud to name our first JUNIOR on Tour, Conlan Micher. Micher is a Harmony resident and played in his first, flighted stroke play event. He didn’t post a number he is capable of, however, he played with the class of a seasoned tournament player.
  • D Flight – For the second week in a row, Doug Derderian fought through an ailment to win the D Flight. Derderian’s allergies almost caused him not to show up at Saturday’s event. The Tour welcomed Tim Shirah to his first Tour event, as he and Dererian were tied after nine, followed close by Tour regulars Brooks Roland and, at the time, D Flight points leader, Robert Shearer. Shirah led by 2 after the 4-par 11th, but Derderian played well on the holes Shirah struggled on coming in. Derderian overcame that 2 shot deficit and won the event by 4 shots over Shirah.

Celebration Golf Club is next up for the Players AM Tour – May 7, 2016, the members of the Players AM Tour will tee it up at the last course father and son, Robert Trent Jones Senior and Junior combined their talents on.

www.playersamtour.com for more information and how to register as a member and sign up for events.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information, call or email Rick Macali at 407-566-1533 / rick@playersamtour.com

In order to play on the tour, you must have amateur status, be registered as a member and pay for the event online – the normal cutoff dates for the event are Friday at noon the day before the event.

*There are no membership fees – register for free to keep up to date on all Tour news.

April 16, 2016 / Highlands Reserve Golf Club

Highlands Reserve and the wind no match for Richard while Pulnik makes the first Eagle on the Players AM Tour

Celebration, FL, April 16, 2016: The Players AM Tour made a stop at Highlands Reserve Golf Club in Davenport, FL this past Saturday for an 18-hole tournament. Highlands Reserve may have not been the most well-known course in central Florida by our tour players, but most left that day with a well-deserved respect for the links-styled course. Steve Irwin of Celebration, FL noted, “I’ve not played this type of elevation change in Florida, I was surprised.

The practice round on Thursday was enjoyable and that made me excited for the tournament on Saturday.” Rick Macali, the Players AM Tour founder couldn’t have been more pleased with the day, “The Staff at Highlands was impeccable – from the time we walked on property until the time we left, Highlands staff members were more than accommodating to our needs.” Macali added, “Just as two weeks ago at Falcon’s Fire, the early morning weather report looked foreboding, but by our first tee time, the misty air cleared and we all knew we were going to be ok. I want to add again, the whole staff at Highlands deserves FIVE STARS.” The wind was a factor as most of our players played well above their handicap. However, for one player, the course proved no test as Jacob Richard fired an impressive-anywhere, four under, 68 to win the Players Division. Aleem Khan was also not affected by the wind as he finished his first nine at three under with four birdies.

  • Players Flight – Jacob Richard made par on the first hole and found himself one shot down to Dwight Meeker who drained a birdie putt on the same hole – that was the last time he was behind all day as he went out at a four under, 32 with 5 birdies and one bogey. The 68 was impressive as he played level coming in, which included a double bogey on his 11th hole. On the day, Richard birdied 8 holes. Alex Fellas, the winner at ChampionsGate CC, played steady to come in second with a one over round of 73.
  • A Flight – Steven Trowsdale fought hard for the win as he posted a score of 76. Trowsdale quickly claimed his intention for the day as he came out of the gate at minus one after seven holes. Trowsdale opened the door for Jerry O’Neill and Tanner Halbert after he made a double-bogey on the par three eighth. O’Neill’s par on 10 tied him for the lead, and after a string of bogeys by both players, O’Neill birdied 16 and led by one with two holes to play. At one down, Trowsdale stepped up and finished strong on the day with two birdies on the last two holes, and O’Neill, despite a PGA tour-like sand shot from 80 yards on 18 that landed just 4 feet from the hole, finished his last two holes at +2.
    • NOTE: Tim Pulnik of Apopka, FL made the first Eagle on the Players AM Tour by making a 2 on the four par 11th hole. Pulnik drove down the narrow fairway of the 307 yard hole, studied the green and drained the 15 foot putt.
  • B Flight – After going out at an impressive three under, Aleem Khan was tested by Mike Prevost on the first third of the back nine. Khan gave up a 6 shot lead on 10, 11 and 12 as he went double-bogey, bogey, bogey and Prevost found himself one down as he challenged Khan with par, birdie, par on the same set. But, a birdie by Khan on 13 and a string of bogeys by Prevost allowed Khan to comfortably finish with the one over par win of 73. TJ Greco came in at level par and pressed Prevost for second, but fell one shot short.
  • C Flight – George Ricardo and Jerry Fleming finished first and second in the C Flight. Both players are members of the FL AM Tour that were participating in the Players AM Tour at Highlands Reserve. Ricardo led wire-to-wire in an uneven match against the rest of the field, as he went out at 40 and in at 41 for a solid 81. That left the decision for second between Fleming and Richard Fisher as they both shot 88, however, Fleming topped Fisher in the scorecard playoff system.
  • D Flight – Doug Derderian conquered a sore back and bested the field with an 88, holding off a short-lived threat by Steve Irwin late in the round. Derderian made his claim for the win on the front side where he posted a 42 hindered by a triple-bogey on the fourth hole. That triple-bogey allowed Irwin to finish the front side only 2 strokes behind the first place Derderian. Derderian and Irwin matched cards on 10, 11, 12 and 13 before Irwin cut the lead to just one as he made par on the fourteenth hole and Derderian was lucky to make bogey. After a short discussion with himself on the next tee box, Derderian righted the ship and rallied for pars on 15, 16, 17 before registering a disappointing triple on 18 that still gave Irwin a glimmer of hope. However, Irwin couldn’t capitalize as he played the last 4 holes at six over and Derderian secured his first stroke-play first place finish.

Harmony Golf Preserve next up for the Players AM Tour –April 23, 2016, the members of the Players AM Tour will tee it up at one of Orlando/Kissimmee’s finest public golf courses.

www.playersamtour.com for more information and how to become a member and register for events.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information, call or email Rick Macali at 407-566-1533 / rick@playersamtour.com

In order to play on the tour, you must have amateur status, be registered as a member and pay for the event online – the normal cutoff dates for the event are Friday at noon the day before the event.

*There are no membership fees – register for free to keep up to date on all Tour news.

April 2, 2016 / Falcon's Fire Golf Club

Retzer’s second hole-in-one is first for Players AM Tour – Another first for the Tour, a rainout

Celebration, FL, April 2, 2016: For the second week in a row, the Players AM Tour was staring down a fierce weather system heading our way from the Gulf of Mexico – week one, we beat Mother Nature, week two, she got her revenge in spades by forcing the cancellation of our second event at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, FL.

John Retzer of Celebration, FL bounced in an ace at the 168 yard 8th hole just 30 minutes before play was suspended. That is John’s second ace with the first one occuring over 10 years ago. Rick Macali, the Tour’s owner/operator was there to see it first-hand. “We pulled up and settled in greenside under a tree to watch the players on the tough par three, and three shots later, John’s yellow ball bounced 5 yards in front of the green before making a direct path to the pin. It hit the pin firm and dropped into the hole.”

As promised by any weather app or newscast of your liking, rain was iminent, but, to their credit, our Tour members were real sports and played through spotty rain until the lightening decided to appear and we cancelled the event. Only 90 minutes after the last group went off, there were 3-4 lightening sightings, and, we immediately notified the 43-player field that the tournament was cancelled.

The Falcon’s Fire event has been temporarily rescheduled for August 20 – however, please watch the schedule, we may replace it with another event in about 6 weeks.

All members that paid for this event have a credit with the Tour and can use that towards a future event.
We will send an email out explaining how to register online and using that credit. NEXT EVENT: Highlands Reserve Golf Club located on Route 27, 5 miles north of I-4

This is not your typical Orlando golf course! Highlands Reserve sits atop one of the highest areas of Florida and offers remarkable scenery along with a course designed for hot Orlando golf. This championship design gives you pine tree-lined fairways reminiscent of the Carolinas, open spacious fairways likened to the great Scottish courses, and a bit of old Florida with citrus trees along the countryside. Large, fast, undulating greens make this Orlando golf course challenging and fun for all levels of golfers.

March 26, 2016 / ChampionsGate Country Club

Players AM Tour – ChampionsGate CC / RESULTS

The weather breaks and Fellas breaks par

Celebration, FL, March 26, 2016: The golf gods fended off the weather gods just long enough on Saturday, March 26 so the Players AM Tour’s inaugural event at ChampionsGate CC could be played without anyone getting wet. D Flight standout, Doug Derderian stated, “Seems the ‘Man upstairs’ is really looking out after this tour and today’s event.” “I thought we were going to be playing in between the raindrops today, but it seems the Gulf winds kept the system moving to the north of us,” commented Rick Macali, the Players AM Tour founder/operator.

Alex Fellas played steady golf, dropping three birdies and only one square number on his way to posting the day’s only red number, 71. On his way to the 1st place finish in the Players Flight, Alex’s only blemish of the day was a double bogey on 17, he bested Nick Margison who posted a 76. Fellas reported, “The course played fair and the greens ran fast-and-smooth, but didn’t break as much as you may have thought.”

  • A Flight: Jerry O’Neil started off strong and held on as DeVon Taylor pushed him hard on the last 9 holes. O’Neill’s 75 was enough to hold off the 76 posted by Taylor who found himself 3 down at the turn.
  • B Flight: Mike Prevost, 80, TJ Greco, 82, and Bill Haberman, 84 placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in an average and consistent round by all three. Neither Greco nor Haberman pushed Prevost as he literally led wire-to-wire in Saturdays contest.
  • C Flight and D Flight: Both of these divisions were determined by a scorecard playoff quickly by determining the final nine holes of each contest. In the C Flight, two competitors finished at 87 – James Murphy and Ryan Hock, however, Murphy came in at 43 while Hock posted a 44 on the final nine. In the D Flight, it was even a bit more challenging as three players finished at 95 – Chris Bradford, Bill Dankert and Bob Shearer – Bradford finished strong with a 44 coming in, as Dankert, playing in his first stroke play competition, came in at 46 and Shearer in at 48.

Falcon’s Fire next up for the Players AM Tour – April 2, 2016, the members of the Players AM Tour will tee it up at one of Orlando/Kissimmee’s finest public golf courses, Falcon’s Fire.

www.playersamtour.com for more information and how to become a member and register for events.

March 5, 2016

Dewey’s Players AM Tour Kickoff Party

The Players AM Tour would like to thank all the members and their guests for coming out to make the Players AM Tour Kickoff party a success.
We had members come from Celebration, Lake Nona, Lakeland, Titusville, Kissimmee and, of course, Orlando.

Mac McDonald of ESPN Radio’s show, Fairways & Greens made a surprise visit and was a big hit.

April 30, 2017 / ChampionsGate Country Club

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Blomeley shoots 76 to lead his flight and the field
Celebration, FL, April 30, 2017: Greg Blomeley had a great day and survived the back 9 to post an impressive 76 in the wind on Sunday. ChampionsGate Country Club hosted the Players AM Tour and will host the Tour’s Championship at the end of the season – Blomeley is the odds on favorite at this point as his 4 over par makes quite a statement. “The course is wide open and right there in front of you for 18 holes, I found it surprising how much trouble our players found out there today,” stated Rick Macali, the Tour’s Commissioner. “It will be a great test for our players come the Tour Championship.”

PLAYERS Flight–

A Flight– Michael Battenfield and Dustin Young went out with just one stroke separating them. Battenfield used a birdie on the 5 par fourth to best Young on the front 39-40. Sean Pierce and Spence Green were close behind after the first nine holes. Battenfield had to battle a couple of triple bogeys and finished in 3rd for the day. Green propelled himself with a birdie on 10 and played steady to come in second place with an 82. We have nicknamed Young, Mr. Steady, as his play never gets too wayward. A nice run of pars and and birdie outweighed a triple bogey on the back to post a flight winning 79.

B Flight– The day belonged to Greg Blomeley as he went out at level par and didn’t make too many mistakes on the back for anyone to push him. Blomeley bested Ryan Dager and Greg Takacs by 6 and 8 respectively. Blomeley made 3 birdies on the front to help him get to level par. The Tour welcomes back Mike Prevost and to its newest player Jude Bien-Aime.

C Flight– The newest back-to-back winner, Web Lamour was the only flight player to finish in the 80’s – his 88 lead a field of 91+’s. Lamour was in control early as he led by 6 going out, and put it on cruise control for the final 9 coming in. Robert Courtney and new Tour player, Dan Kumm had the best chance at catching Lamour as they finished 3 and 4 back after 18. Kumm birdied 12, but could do more than that on the day.

D Flight– This flight had the largest field today and we love our C and D flights as they show us what golf is about – fun and camaraderie!! These guys and girls come out to improve their game and compete at their own ability.
Once again, we have a back-to-back winner in Travis Tilwick, as 2 other competitors, Billy Oconnor and Tom Densmore finished in the 80’s along with Tilwick. Today was a day of new Tour players as Shaun Southward was sent out as a “guinea pig” to see what we had going on – he told the staff this a nice relaxed Tour and will recommend it to others. Tilwick, who found himself tied for 4th after 9 holes played steady coming in. His 40 on the backside bested everyone else by at least 5 and that made the difference as he finished in first place with an 84 – 3 and 4 better than Oconnor and Densmore.

Visit www.playersamtour.com for more information and how to register as a member and sign up for events.
CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information, call or email Rick Macali at 407-566-1533 / rick@playersamtour.com
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May 13, 2017 / Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

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Hartman and Adams tame the Ritz-Carlton’s Grande Lakes

Celebration, FL, May 13, 2017:  Tour veteran, Michael Hartman, made his first appearance of 2017 and claims to know every bump and roll on Grande Lakes and he proved it Saturday by scoring a level par, 72 in the Players Flight.  A newcomer to the Tour, Chelsea Adams bested the A Flight by shooting an impressive 75 from 6,400 yards – enrolled at Rollins, Adams is working through some health issues to make an effort to make the Lady Tar golf team – we have no doubt she’s on her way.

  • PLAYERS Flight– Michael Hartman bested Chris Mari in the Players Flight by shooting 72, even par.  Mari played well, but he had a few too many square numbers, and pairing that with Hartman’s bogey free back and two birdies, it was an uphill battle.  Hartman, a member at the Ritz, knows the course inside-and-out – and, proved it on Saturday.
  • A Flight– Chelsea Adams heard about the Tour through Facebook, and we are glad she did.  She’s not the first female we have had play on Tour, but she is the first female flight winner – she did that with an impressive 75.  The real race in A Flight was for second place, where Jerry O’Neill outplayed Steven Trowsdale to best him by 3.  Neither player really got it going as they both posted square numbers throughout the round.  O’Neill did finish strong playing the last 4 holes at one under.
  • B Flight– At 16 years old, it’s odd to say Conlan Micher is a Tour veteran, but that is the case.  Micher joined the Tour in 2016 to get tournament tough and get his mind right for his Harmony High School golf team.  It’s been a pleasure to watch this young man mature and gain his first Tour win on Saturday.  Micher distanced himself from Jude Bien-Aime and flight points leader, Greg Blomeley on Saturday almost from the first hole.  Micher birdied the 5 par third and played a steady front going out.  He led by 5 and 7 while the others were trying to keep pace.  All three players made some wild numbers on the back, but Micher was most steady making two birdies on 11 and 13 that helped him beat Bien-Aime by four and Blomeley by six.
  • C Flight– Mason Coker came to the Ritz hot as he finished second in the UnderArmour national event at PGA Village in Port St Lucie, FL.  Coker had to qualify for the event in the spring and represented the Tour well.  Coker’s win on Saturday wasn’t easy – he found himself down to Jason Lutrell by 2 after nine, and only led by 4 over Robert Courtney and John Renegar.  Coker tied it up with Lutrell after 13 as Courtney pulled within 2.  The final five holes were the tell-tale of the tournament as each player made pars and bogies – only Lutrell tripled the four par 16th and that allowed Coker and Courtney to jump ahead for good.  Coker beat the hard charging Courtney by one, 88 to 89.  Renegar fought through a forearm issue to finish, but placed himself on the IR for a few weeks to rest the muscle.
  • D Flight– The Tour’s largest and most fun flight had a first time winner, Brett Morris.  Morris held off Tour veterans Tom Densmore and Billy Oconnor to win for the first time on the Players AM Tour.  It wasn’t easy for Morris as he found himself down to Densmore by 5 coming in.  Morris was steady, besting Densmore by one on each hole until the four par 13th where he birdied and Densmore took a triple; at this point Morris led by two.  However, on the next hole he found himself tied as he doubled the five par 14th and Densmore made par.  Fifteen and sixteen proved to be the difference as Morris bested Densmore by one on each of those holes and won the tournament by 2, 92 to 94.CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information, call or email Rick Macali at 407-566-1533 / rick@playersamtour.com

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