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The PGA Golf Club Was a Great Venue For First Major

Tour Enjoys First Major at the PGA Club in Port St. Lucie The Edwin Watts Amateur Tour held its first two-day tournament at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie on May 17-18. 100 players participated in the competition contested over the Dye and Wanamaker courses. Unique in their own way, each provided a great challenge for our members. The Dye course came with the usual array of pot bunkers and a few water hazards along the way. The Wanamaker course is a Tom Fazio design and is more traditional in its design. A new member, Jason Guptill led the way in Championship flight with rounds of 75-53-148. Bill Shufelt was six strokes back in second place with 154. Chad Frank took third at 156. The A flight continued to produce good competition as Dennis Cargo followed an opening 79 on the Wanamaker course with an outstanding round of 74 on the Dye course Sunday. Brad Bettin was next at 156, just edging out Ed Paterniti for second by a stroke. he B flight saw several good performances. Arnie Guerra opened with a sizzling 78 on Saturday at the Dye course. Sunday was different. Marvin Pressley came from 4 strokes back to overtake Arnie and finish with 82-85-167. Arnie Guerra, 78-90-168, finished second. A more consistent Greg Takacs placed third with rounds of 83-86-169. It was great competition in our biggest flight. Joe Langa and Rick Whitman were as hot as the weather all weekend. Each opened with 84 on the Dye course Saturday. On Sunday, it was an old fashioned shootout as Rick forged a one shot lead at the turn. By the time they reached the 15th tee, Rick’s lead had grown to three strokes. This hole turned everything around. Joe made a birdie and Rick suffered a double bogey and suddenly they were tied going to the last three holes. Joe made a par 5 on 16 and Rick took bogey. On the long par 3 17th, Rick’s triple bogey gave Joe a three shot lead on the 18th tee. Joe took a bogey on 18 when his ball moved after address on the green. Rick made par and finished second, two shots back. Doug Crews was a distant third on 175. The D flight belonged to Tim Bannick this week. He opened with an 88 Saturday and held a five shot lead over Chas McIntyre. On Sunday they matched 46’s on the opening nine and then the fun started. A birdie-par start for Chas on 10 & 11 pulled him even with Tim. Chas took a two-stroke lead with a par on 14, but could not keep pace with the steady Bannick. After two pars and a bogey, Tim had picked up six strokes and stood on the 18th tee with a four shot lead that he held on to for the win, posting 88-94-182. Chas finished with 186. Four more strokes back were Chris Benedetti and Alfonso McDonald on 190. In senior competition, Steve Maddox shot consistent rounds of 76-75 to take the Senior Championship flight by two shots over Jim Flagg, who carded 79-74-153. Brad Bettin’s 80-76-156 took top honors in the Senior A flight by a stroke over Ed Paterniti’s 80-77-157. Steve Johnson was third with 161. Arnie Guerra held on to take first place in the Senior B flight on his rounds of 78-90-168. Greg Takacs, with 83-86-169, took second. Ben Hamby came in at 172 to finish in third. Next up is Sothern Dunes on May 31.

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