Ron Carter, of Monticello, Ind., matched the
low score of the final round Saturday, a 2-un-
der-par 70, to win the Dixie Senior Amateur at
Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. Carter won by a stroke, saving par from a greenside
bunker on the final hole to slip by close friend
Bob Stephens, of Indianapolis, 210 to 211.
Dick Anderson, of Bluffton, S.C., was third at
70-212, while defending champion Rick Woulfe
followed with three straight 71s for 213. A Fort
Lauderdale attorney, Woulfe won the Dixie Senior
the last three years and six times since 2000.
Carter, 61, a soon-to-be retired insurance
agent and winner of the Society of Seniors
Championship in 2010 and the Senior Porter
Cup in September, did not make a bogey in the
final round and in 54 holes he had 10 birdies
and four bogeys.
“I had three or four putts today that just
stopped a revolution or two short of the hole,” he
said after Saturday’s final round. “I don’t think I
missed a fairway all day and only one green, at
18,” where he sank the decisive six-foot putt, his
biggest par save of the day, he said.
In Super Seniors play, for golfers 65 and
older, Pat Vincelli, of Stuart, Fla. and Rosemount,
Minn., won by three strokes. He was the only
player to break par and he did it twice after open-
ing with 78, adding 69-70 for 217.
CRANE CUP TO DEBUT AT THE FLORIDIAN
The Floridian, recently renovated by Tom
Fazio and now owned by Houston businessman
Jim Crane, has announced the debut of a new
amateur tournament, The Crane Cup. To be
played January 26-29, 2012, the tournament will
be a 54-hole, no-cut, scratch affair with mid and
senior amateur divisions. Due to length of daylight issues, the field will be limited to the first
96 players to register. A key aspect of the event
is pace of play; tournament officials are determined to play each round in close to four hours.
Crane bought the Palm City golf course in
April and promptly directed Fazio to make some
changes and enhancements. A skilled player
in his own right, Crane recently purchased the
Houston Astros baseball team.
Tim Jackson and John Engler are among
the mid-ams to commit so far, and Chip Lutz
and Buddy Marucci are among the seniors to
have confirmed their participation. For more
information, contact tournament director Kevin
Marsh via the golf shop at The Floridian. l
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