Golf News for Thursday, May 9, 2013 | Tournaments

Tom Tower captures victory at 2013 Sun Cup in Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After four grueling rounds - one of which that ultimately didn't count after unusual rains swept across sunny Southwest Florida - and the ultimate test over 18 holes at Old Corkscrew, the 2013 Sun Cup was claimed by Trumbull, Conn., resident Tom Tower.

Tower shot a final-round net 66 over the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Corkscrew layout to edge David Wilson of Clarkston, Mich., by four strokes. Dalton, Ga., resident J.T. Foster was third with a 74.

Twenty three of the best Sun Cup participants survived their flight play to advance to the Sun Cup tournament final at Old Corkscrew, with the remainder of the field enjoying the layout under sunny skies and tournament conditions.

"We witnessed some great golf all week, and it is fitting that Tom Tower is our tournament champion," Sun Cup tournament director J.J. Scott said. "He played exceptional golf all week, and especially at Old Corkscrew. It was a fantastic way to end a fantastic week. Our field, which included golfers from 17 different states, all went away raving about the courses we played and the tournament atmosphere."

While Tower took home the ultimate hardware, he was one of 13 players to also earn flight trophies.

Wendy Rejna (220 over three scored rounds) won the Lopez Flight, with Dana Boyette (223) finishing second. Bill McKiegan and Edward Ziegler (223) shared the Mickelson Flight medalist honors, with Garth Carter placing third. Thomas Drasites (204) won the Palmer 1 Flight, with James Moline (207) in second. Louis Price (213) won the Palmer 2 Flight, with Michael Molloy (218) in second. Defending Sun Cup champion Fred Nagelson (203) won the Snead Flight, with Bill Morrissey (207) in second. And Foster (212) won the Watson Flight by 10 strokes over Tower.

Tournament rounds were played at Heritage Palms Country Club's Royal Course, The Plantation Golf & Country Club, The Forest Country Club's Bobcat Course (which was ultimately ended prematurely by rain) and the Forest Country Club's Bear Course.

Players got a lot more than five world-class rounds in Southwest Florida for their value, too. The Sun Cup's 19th Hole was held each night at Gulf Coast Town Center - with free food, drink and live entertainment each night to complete the full-service tournament experience.

The Sun Cup is a 72-hole tournament played annually on some of the most exclusive courses among the 150 courses in the Southwest Florida region. Participants compete in their flight/age groups in net and gross score competition. Leaders of each flight then play a championship fifth round at Old Corkscrew, a Jack Nicklaus masterpiece, with a chance at raising the coveted Sun Cup and a share of the $10,000 in prizes!

2013 SUN CUP
Championship Flight
Net scores
At Old Corkscrew Golf Club, Estero, Fla.
6617 yards, par 72

Place Name City Net
1 Tom Tower Trumbull, CT 66
2 David Wilson Clarkston, MI 70
3 JT Foster Dalton, GA 74
4 Jim Goforth Hartfield, VA 76
T5 Edward Ziegler Fort Myers, FL 77
Gerald Bryan Montross, VA 77
T7 Bill McKiegan Hamden, CT 81
James Moline Bradenton, FL 81
Jim McClure West Melbourne, FL 81
T10 Dana Boyette Nashville, TN 83
John Cossaboom Gatlinburg, TN 83
RJ Jones Windemere, FL 83
T13 John Ehemann Memphis, TN 84
Louis Price Cartersville, GA 84
Rick Pershall St. Louis, MO 84
Robert Carter Fort Myers, FL 84
Robert John Shoreview, MN 84
Thomas Drasites Fort Myers, FL 84
T19 Garth Carter Fort Myers, FL 86
Wendy Rejna West Melbourne, FL 86
21 Don Burns Vero Beach, FL 89
T22 Bill Morrissey Punta Gorda, FL 90
Fred Nagelson Fort Myers, FL 90

Full tournament summary can be found here:

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CONTACT INFORMATION: J.J. Scott, Sun Cup Tournament Director, 239-634-4508,