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 [...]
ATLANTIS, Fla. – This week, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #9 on the East Course at Hunters Run Golf & Racquet Club in Boynton Beach, FL. The event was shortened to 18 holes due to weather. Lake Worth native Tyler Stachkunas had a career day on the East Course of Hunters Run. Stachkunas fired a round of 5-under-par 66, which featured 8 birdies on his card. Stachkunas captured the overall boy’s title by three strokes. Lighthouse Point native Jon Mourin, Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton, and Wellington native Fernando Castillo each fired rounds of 2-under-par 69’s. Clanton would take home the boy’s 13-15 age division, while Loxahatchee native Zach Mize would take home the boy’s 16-18 age division. Doral native Agatha Alesson is making a name for herself on the Challenge Tour. Alesson, who won Challenge Tour event #8, managed to capture her second straight victory this week after a round of 1-over-par 72. Alesson edged our Boca Raton native Chloe Kovelesky by one stroke to capture the girl’s title. Kovelesky would take home the girl’s 13-15 age division, while Palm Beach Gardens native Anna Rippert took home the girl’s 16-18 age division. Boca Raton native Alex Heard captured his 3rd Challenge Tour victory of the season in the boy’s 11-12 age division this week. Heard fired a round of 1-under-par 70 to capture the title. Weston native Gabriela Sierra captured her 3rd victory of the season in the girl’s 11-12 age division. Sierra fired a 5-over-par 76. Click HERE for Digital Results The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls [...]
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.