Golf News for Monday, April 22, 2013 | Tournaments

Doug LaCrosse captures 52nd Florida Senior Amateur Championship

Doug LaCrosse can cross another significant golf championship title off his to-do list.

The Tampa resident birdied the first playoff hole Thursday to beat highly-regarded Rick Woulfe and win the 52nd Florida Senior Amateur Championship at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla.

"I've won the State Mid-Amateur, the State Amateur, but I never had the Senior Amateur until now," LaCrosse said. "This ranks up there because it's been a long time."

LaCrosse trailed Woulfe by a shot entering the final hole of regulation, but forced a playoff with a difficult up-and-down for par after missing the green. Woulfe had to chip out of the trees after an errant drive and bogeyed the hole.

The 60-year-old LaCrosse was named the Florida State Player of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 2000, but turned professional three years later and spent six years playing occasionally on the Champions Tour. He regained his amateur status in late 2011, and this week marked the first time he had played in the Senior Amateur.

LaCrosse shot a 74 to finish at two-under 214, one of just four players to break par for the week on the respected North Course at Quail Ridge.

"I guess over the years I've gained some experience, making sure I don't beat myself," LaCrosse said.

Woulfe, who has been named the state's top senior player seven of the last eight years, inherited the lead when Naples resident Howard Logan - who had a three-shot lead with four holes to play - triple-bogeyed the 15th and double-bogeyed the 17th. But Woulfe couldn't make the crucial par at No. 18 in regulation - or in the playoff.

Woulfe missed the green in the playoff and was looking at a three-putt bogey
until LaCrosse ended the tournament with his 8-foot birdie putt.

"That hole has just killed me over the years," said Woulfe, a lawyer from Fort Lauderdale. "It cost me from qualifying for the U.S. Open twice and I double-bogeyed it yesterday. I just don't know how to play it. I was glad to see Doug make that birdie. He's always been a great player."

Logan appeared poised to add the Senior Amateur to last year's Senior Match Play title when he was six-under and had a three-shot lead after the 14th hole. But his approach at the par-3 15th landed in the edge of a bunker, he bladed his second shot 40 yards over the green, chipped twice and two-putted for the six.

"I just hit a bad shot on No. 15 and that stopped all my momentum,"
Logan said. "I didn't know I was three shots ahead - that was a mistake on my part. I probably would have played that shot differently. I know I can play with the top amateurs in the state, but it's going to be a long drive home."

Logan (74) finished tied for third with Sarasota's Gordon Marshall, who started the day tied for the lead, but shot a 76.

"It was about how I expected," Marshall said. "I was in high school the last time I was in the final group of a tournament. Hopefully, this will make it easier when I get in this position again."

The top 30 finishers and ties are exempt into next year's Senior Amateur Championship at Vero Beach Country Club, and the top five and ties will earn an exemption into the 2013 Florida Senior Open, which will be hosted by Interlachen Country Club in Orlando, August 9-11.

Quail Ridge Country Club also will host the Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur on July 12-14 on both their North and South courses.

52nd Senior Amateur Championship
Quail Ridge Country Club - North Course, Boynton Beach, FL April 18, 2013

Douglas LaCrosse, Tampa, FL 72-68-74--214 Won playoff on 1st playoff hole
Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, FL 70-71-73--214
Gordon Marshall, Sarasota, FL 70-69-76--215
Howard Logan, Naples, FL 70-71-74--215
George Roat, Windermere, FL 72-75-69--216
Richard McArdle, Palm Coast, FL 74-70-73--217
Ken Palladino, Dunedin, FL 71-76-71--218
Bill Zylstra, Ocklawaha, FL 75-70-74--219
Dennis Brady, Melbourne, FL 77-73-69--219
Bobby Barben, Avon Park, FL 75-74-71--220
Jon Tingley, Osprey, FL 74-73-73--220
Pete Andrews, Lithia, FL 71-73-76--220
Sam Till, Fort Wayne, IN 70-77-73--220
Michael Mercier, Juno Beach, FL 78-72-71--221
Robbie Dew, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 70-74-77--221
Jim Carley, Ormond Beach, FL 71-78-73--222
Marc Rosenbaum, Hollywood, FL 73-75-74--222
Owen Joyner, Naples, FL 73-76-73--222
Richard Kerper, Safety Harbor, FL 74-75-74--223
Walter Himelsbaugh, Leesburg, FL 77-74-72--223
Bob Mathers, Niceville, FL 75-73-76--224
Carey Watson, Fort Lauderdale, FL 73-76-75--224
David Hawkins, Jacksonville, FL 74-77-73--224
Mark Weston, Windemere, FL 73-76-75--224
Blake Marshall, Palm Coast, FL 74-78-73--225
David Tassell, Jupiter, FL 73-78-74--225
Mike Bodney, Jacksonville, FL 70-80-75--225
Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound, FL 77-74-74--225
Steve Rose, New York, NY 73-77-75--225
Ben Hargis, Alexandria, LA 77-73-76--226
Christopher Murvin, Windermere, FL 73-81-72--226
Jim Rollefson, Naples, FL 75-73-78--226
Kim Schwencke, Tampa, FL 77-74-75--226
Robert Levy, Windermere, FL 71-78-77--226
Tom Case, Fort Myers, FL 73-74-79--226
Bill Moore, Tampa, FL 78-74-75--227
Phil Kenny, North Palm Beach, FL 77-72-78--227
Robert Lundquist, Sanford, FL 76-78-73--227
Jeff Decker, Oviedo, FL 79-75-74--228
Lee Booker, Naples, FL 76-73-79--228
Mark Larsen, Dade City, FL 72-77-79--228
Peter Wegmann, Fort Lauderdale, FL 74-77-77--228
Stan Zabytko, Port Saint Lucie, FL 73-74-81--228
Andrew Kane, Miami Beach, FL 72-79-78--229
Gregg Shires, Fort Myers, FL 76-77-76--229
Robert McKnight, New Smyrna Beach, FL 73-78-78--229
Carl Nanni, Lecanto, FL 78-76-76--230
Mark McLain, Saint Petersburg, FL 75-73-82--230
Pete DeLongchamp, Sebring, FL 74-78-78--230
Randy Elliott, Winter Park, FL 73-79-78--230
Tom McLean, Boynton Beach, FL 76-76-80--232
Bill O'Keefe, Lake Worth, FL 77-77-79--233
Peter Sherwin, Cape Coral, FL 74-79-80--233
Ray Underwood, Naples, FL 74-79-80--233
Ronnie Tumlin, Saint Augustine, FL 73-80-80--233
Steven Sim, Fort Lauderdale, FL 74-76-83--233
Kevin Macy, Tampa, FL 80-73-82--235
Mark Yogan, Boca Raton, FL 75-78-83--236
Scott Blasie, Lake Worth, FL 78-76-83--237
Tom Riley, Lake Mary, FL 77-75-WD--WD