NAPLES, FL - Patrick Rada, PGA Assistant Professional at McArthur Golf Club is our 2017 E-Z-GO South Florida Open presented by Vertical Groove Golf Champion. Rada entered today’s final round just two shots behind second round leader and Senior Division Champion Gene Fieger, PGA Director of Golf at The Club at Pelican Bay. The final round was contested on the Cypress Course at Bonita Bay Club Naples. This victory marks Rada’s second South Florida PGA win this year. Earlier this summer he and Kevin Murphy, PGA Head Golf Professional at McArthur Golf Club were victorious after a three hole sudden death playoff at the Pro-Assistant Championship. Rada has played many great tournament rounds but never under these circumstances against some of south Florida’s best players. Heading into today’s final round he knew he had to put up a low number if he was going to have a chance to win, and that he did. Rada’s 65 was the lowest eighteen hole score this week, and his 203 (-13) three day total was good enough to edge out his nearest competitor Alan Morin, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at The Falls of the Palm Beaches by three strokes. “I played really well all week, I struck the ball well and made a lot of great putts,” stated Rada. “Today I got off to a great start making birdie on my first hole. Then on the back nine I went birdie, par, eagle, birdie and finished out the round with a par to shot one of my lowest tournament rounds ever." Rada’s key to success this week was “staying in the moment”. Rada was one of forty-nine players who made the second round cut in this week’s championship. [...]
Gene Fieger, PGA – Senior Division Champion at the 2017 E-Z-GO South Florida Open presented by Vertical Groove Golf
NAPLES, FL – Gene Fieger, PGA Director of Golf at The Club at Pelican Bay is our 2017 E-Z-GO South Florida Open presented by Vertical Groove Golf Senior Division Champion. Fieger fired an impressive 66 (-6) during today’s second round (final round of the Senior Championship) to claim victory by two shots over John Lee, PGA General Manager at Imperial Golf Club. Forty-three individuals participated in the Senior Championship during this week’s event. Along with Fieger, forty-eight other individuals made the 36 hole cut in the Championship Division. The final round will be contested tomorrow, August 9th on the Cypress Course at Bonita Bay Naples and it will begin at 7:30 AM. Fieger is no stranger to victory, and his 36 hole total of 136 (-8) has him atop the leaderboard of the Championship Division as well. The 2017 E-Z-GO South Florida Open presented by Vertical Groove Golf is supported by GolfBuddy, JaniKing, Precise Yardage Books and TurfHound. To view complete results from round 2 click here or see below.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Kenny Leech, PGA Teaching Professional at the Don Law Golf Academy at Osprey Point teamed up with Jupiter native Ryan Adams to win the 2017 South Florida PGA Pro-Junior presented by Callaway Golf and supported by Skimp. Teams for the day were comprised of 1 PGA Professional and one junior golfer aged 10-18. Thirty eight teams competed in the 9 hole scramble/9 hole better ball event today at The Preserve at Ironhorse (formerly known as Ironhorse Country Club). Leech and Adams finished one shot ahead of their nearest competitors firing an impressive 63 (-9). Ten birdies, seven pars and one bogey were just enough to place them atop the leaderboard in an event filled with very talented players. Special thanks to all of our partners and our host facility, PGA Head Professional, Tim Turpen and the entire staff at The Preserve at Ironhorse. To view complete results from the event click here