Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pros Competitive in Tourneys at Deercreek, Timuquana

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pros Competitive in Tourneys at Deercreek, Timuquana

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You bet the area club professionals take the Northern Chapter

PGA Pro-Am series seriously.

How else to explain the close scores for low pro honors in the

series so far this year? The last two events, the Deercreek and

Timuquana Pro-Ams, were more of the same.

In the Deercreek Pro-Am, there was a tie for first for the

second time this year. Richie Bryant of The Ravines and Scott

Hudson of St. Johns County both shot 73 and earned $155 each.

The rest of the top finishers also were fit to be tied: Todd

Bork of Orange Park and Gary Murfitt of Hyde Park tied for third

at 74; and Cary Splane of Gainsville and Carl Ste.-Marie of

Quail Heights tied for fifth at 75.

Ties for low pro in the pro-am series are not broken. Low team

and low amateur places are broken by a match of cards.

The Timuquana Pro-Am did have a clear-cut pro winner but not by

much. Walter Smith of Heritage Links in Gainsville won with a

nifty 68, nosing out Keith Swindell of Cecil Field and Ken

Mattiace of Windsor Parke (each at 69) by one shot. The next

three places also were seperated by only one shot, Tim Peterson

of Selva Marina (70), Splane (71) and Wayne Ulmer of Hidden

Hills (72).

The Cimmarone team of pro Mike Pisarek and amateurs John Arms,

Gerry Bussell and Dan Eubank won the team title with a 130 under

the format of one best ball on par 3s, two best balls on par 4s

and three best balls on par 5s.

PROS HANG AROUND -- A few PGA touring pros who competed in The

Players Championship, plus other pro golfers, stayed in town to

play in the Mercedes Pro-Am Monday at Marsh Landing, with the

proceeds benefiting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

National Golf Ministry.

The pro-am team headed by Jim Carter squeaked by at 22-under 122

under the format of two best balls per group. They won on a

match of cards with Dennis Postlewait's team, which also

finished at 22 under. …

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