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.
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. [...]