Quinn Griffing of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Roy Vucinich of Moon Township, Pa., were the big winners Jan. 14, in the 26th annual PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Griffing, 51, co-owner and PGA head professional of the Donald Ross Golf Club, was the overall low scorer for age groups 50-54 and 55-59, finishing with a five under par 67 on the Ryder Course for a 54-hole total of 205.
Vucinich, 62, a PGA Life Member and professional emeritus at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, Pa., birdied the first four holes on the back nine of the Wanamaker Course enroute to a 9-under-par 63. At 200, he was the top finisher by seven strokes for players 60 years and older.
It was Griffing's first victory in the TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Winter Championships, the fourth for Vucinich. The latter won for age groups 50-59 in 1999; was the senior partner for the winning Senior-Junior team in 2003 and last year claimed the Quarter Century Club Championship for age groups 49-under through 60-64.
Griffing and Vucinich received $1,500 apiece for their overall titles. The balance of the $82,000 purse was distributed among nine age groups. Griffing received an additional $2,500 for ages 50-54, Vucinich another $2,000 for the 60-64 age group.
The Senior Stroke Play Championship is the second of six tournaments included in the Winter Championships. The Senior-Junior Championship will be conducted Jan. 18-21, on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses.
Griffing collected 16 birdies and five bogeys in 54 holes, opening with a pair of 69s on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses in the first two rounds.
"I putted well, had good speed on the greens, and managed my game well," said Griffing, who was the Indiana PGA Senior Player of the Year the last two years.
Vucinich eagled the par-5 first hole of the final round and also had 17 birdies and three bogeys, including a three-putt bogey at the 15th green. He posted a 68 in the opening round on the Wanamaker Course, followed by a 69 on the Ryder Course.
"It's a nice win because there are a lot of good players in the field," said Vucinich of 243 entries 50 years and older. "I've hit the ball well for the last two weeks."
A week earlier, Vucinich turned in a 71 and 69 on the Ryder Course and tied for sixth in his age group at the Quarter Century Championship.
The overall and age group leaders in the TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship:
Overall – Quinn Griffing, Fort Wayne, Ind., 69-69-67—205. $1,500
50-54 – Quinn Griffing, Fort Wayne, Ind., 69-69-67—205. $2,500
55-59 – Michael Zaremba, Pueblo West, Colo., 68-70-70—208. $2,000
Overall – Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa., 68-69-63—200. $1,500
60-64 – Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa., 68-69-63—200. $2,000
65-69 – Bob Leaver, Jefferson, N.C., 70-70-73—213. $2,000
70-74 – Jay Dolan, Haines City, Fla., 73-71-71—215. $1,750
75-79 – Larry Mancour, Conway, Mich., 77-73-81—231. $1,500
80-84 – Bill Erfurth, Northbrook, Ill., 74-73-80—227. $700
85-89 – Ray Montgomery, Fort Pierce, Fla., 76-78-74—228. $700
90-up – Jack Wilkins, Chapel Hill, N.C., 100-83-88—271. $450
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