Eduardo Herrera captured his second Florida Senior Open Championship in two years at Imperial Golf Club in Naples, August 11-13. Eduardo Herrera, of Windermere, played three exceptional rounds of golf to be crowned Florida Senior Open Champion for the second time after winning the Championship in 2015 at Belleair Country Club. Herrera stood two shots back after round one with a four under-par 68. Taking the early lead was 2009 Florida Senior Open Champion, Jerry Tucker, of Stuart, who posted a six under-par 66. Gary Koch, former PGA Tour player, and Gene Fieger, 2010 Florida Senior Open Champion, tied for second place after the first round with a 67. Round two began on Saturday morning and the players were fighting to make the cut into Sunday’s final round. Mark Mielke, of Jupiter, charged to the lead carding the course record, nine under-par 63, for an eight under-par total! Mielke shot an impressive ten strokes less than day one to head into the final round one stroke ahead of Herrera, Fieger, and Miles McConnell who were all tied for second. The great course conditions and pristine greens led to a low cut of three over-par, 147. A total of 65 players, 42 professionals and 23 amateurs, advanced to the final round. Ten players stood within four shots of the lead making for an exciting Sunday finish. The final round low 66 (-6) propelled Eduardo Herrera to a two stroke victory at 13 under-par, 203. Herrera started his round with a bang making an eagle on the par five, first hole. Posting two back to back birdies on holes three and four, Herrera made the turn at four under-par. Following close behind was Fieger who carded three [...]
Today through Sunday, 156 of Florida’s finest senior golfers tee up at Imperial Golf Club in Naples for the 41st Florida Senior Open, known to many as the most prestigious golf championship for senior men in Florida. The Florida Senior Open is a 54-hole stroke play championship conducted over three days. After the second round on Saturday, the field is cut to the low 60 players and ties. Of the 156 players in the field, 97 of them are professionals. Due to their excellent play throughout the past year, 39 men were granted an exemption into the championship and did not have to qualify. Six past champions are participating that have won a combined ten Florida Senior Open titles. The most recent Florida Senior Open Champion is Eduardo Herrera who won the event in 2015. Other past champions in the field are Gary Koch (2014), Gene Fieger (2010), and Jerry Tucker (2009). Two of the past champions have won the event multiple times. John Calabria won the 1999 & 2005 Florida Senior Open and Mike San Fillipo is a four-time Florida Senior Open Champion after winning the championship in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2011. Good luck to all South Florida PGA Professionals participating! Click here to view the leaderboard.
Team Golf serves as a fun, social, less stressful approach to tournament play but if you ask Aadiraj Bhatnagar’s parents, they would also say, a life saver. Aadiraj, better known as Aadi, was born on August 23rd, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His parents describe Aadi as a “normal kid” who danced, jumped, and played around all the time. On November 10th 2014, he went very close to a lit candle and his clothes were engulfed in flames. Aadi was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. Ryder Trauma Center is a world-renowned adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center. The nurses and staff at Ryder can be recognized for saving lives and accelerating patient recoveries at every stage of the process. On that fateful night, Aadi was no exception. He would spend the next three months undergoing 14 surgeries with countless blood transfusions. His body had suffered 3rd degree burns with 60% of his body being impacted. Aadi’s right side was the most severely impacted. Burns had covered from his right thigh all the way to his armpit. During the beginning stages of recovery, doctors were unsure if Aadi would ever be able to effectively use his right arm again. Aadi was supported by the best team of doctors and staff at Ryder Trauma Center, he had a miraculous recovery. To ensure Aadi’s continued recuperation his parents needed to make sure his right arm would frequently move in a circular motion. Initially swimming was an option, but Aadi did not enjoy it. By mere chance, Aadi’s mom Radhika took him to a golf course and that one trip has been the highlight of their lives. Aadi held a golf club for the first time [...]