B the game was on. It went back and forth until
the 15th hole, at which point the two competitors, playing together, were tied at 1 under. Lutz
bogeyed 16 to fall one back, and both recorded
great up-and-down pars at the treacherous par-
3 17th. Both players missed the fairway on 18,
but Lutz drew the more difficult lie; his ball flew
into the back bunker. Exber found the green, but
was left with an 80-foot putt. Playing first, he hit
it far enough, but it didn’t break as he expected.
Lutz made a sound play from the bunker, leaving
an uphill 12-footer. When it didn’t drop, Exber
had the luxury of lagging from nine feet; he did,
and won by a shot.
Paul Simson closed with a 4-under 68 to finish alone in third at 219. Alan Fadel took fourth
with a three-round total of 4-over-par 220.
to the hole. His chipping and putting let him
down, and he finished T22 at 227. He can be
forgiven if he was distracted this week; his son
Nate, a senior at Iowa State, was competing in
the Big 12 Conference Championship in Texas.
All three days of the tournament were
played in unusually benign conditions, as the
notorious Seminole winds never blew. Nonetheless, there were just eight recorded mid-am
scores and six senior scores under par on a
course that plays to just 6,836 yards. Two of
those senior scores were posted by Exber. The
scoring average for the event was 76.2 for the
mid-ams and 78.9 for the seniors.
Tim Hogarth The SCGA congratulates member
on his record fifth
SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship title.
Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club
April 16-17, 2012
COLEMAN INVITATIONAL NOTES
A member of both the Southern Golf Association and Tennessee Golf Association Golf Halls
of Fame, Tim Jackson is a two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and a member of the 1995
and 1999 Walker Cup teams. He achieved some
notoriety when he led the U.S. Senior Open after
36 holes in 2009. He finished as low amateur that
year, and again in 2010. He has won everything
worth winning in Tennessee more than once.
Brady Exber, 56, won his fourth Las Vegas city
amateur title last summer, 25 years after he won
his first. Like Jackson in Tennessee, Exber has
been dominant in Nevada since he began to play
competitively at age 23. Now retired, his biggest
win came at the 2009 Arizona Senior Open.
Carlton Forrester, who has played little
competitive golf over the past few years and
clearly misses it, lost his wife, Carol, to cancer
in 2011. The father of two young girls, the former Georgia Tech standout will marry former
office colleague Katie Murphy next weekend.
Gallows humor at Seminole this week: One
contestant asked another what he shot. The reply: 77. The retort: Good for you, 3-under par. l
Defending champion Mike McCoy said the
game became more difficult the closer he got
YOUR PASSION. OUR PURPOSE.