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Inaugural MGA Senior Series visits for two tourneys
The over-50 set played at Cape Country Club on Thursday and visits Bent Creek today.
The Missouri Golf Association's Senior Series is such a big hit, one wouldn't blame executive director Scott Hovis for taking all the credit.
But Hovis, in his second year as the executive director, said the idea came from the Kansas Golf Association, which has had a senior series for 11 years.
"These guys are loving it," Hovis said Thursday when the series stopped at Cape Girardeau Country Club. "They're wanting more events next year."
The inaugural MGA Senior Series has 12 events and a series championship tournament, which is scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3 at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club near Jefferson City. Each tourney has five age divisions for golfers 50 and over, and the series schedules events on back-to-back days in a 24-hour span. After playing at Cape Country Club on Thursday afternoon for the sixth event on the circuit, the seniors will tee it up this morning at Bent Creek in Jackson.
"This is a good thing for us old farts," said Darrel Huisinga, a Fenton resident who shot a 72 to lead the 50- to 54-year-old men. "This is the best thing the MGA has done for seniors in the five years that I've been a senior golfer. This gives us a chance to compete without all the flat-bellies, and this is a fun group, too."
Following their rounds, several golfers lingered for jokes and golf stories over drinks at the Cape Country Club's 19th hole.
Others, such as David Hohler of Cape Girardeau, exited quickly.
"I had to get to the driving range to work out my issues," said Hohler, 57, who shot an 87 Thursday. "I'm not much for sitting around after. I didn't play well today, and I go to do well."
Hohler, like Huisinga, has played every event on the tour so far. But unlike Huisinga, who could trace his playing days against some in the field back 15 and 25 years, Hohler said he knew just one other player on the senior series, which has exceeded Hovis' expectations by drawing 260 members.
"I've met a lot of people from all over the state," Hohler said. "Some of these guys can play. "
Leading the charge Thursday was Jerry Waitulavich, a Chesterfield resident who shot a 4-under-par 66 to top the 55-59 division.
Points are awarded in each division toward making the field in the year-end championship, and golfers under 65 and over 65 are awarded pro shop prize money based on both gross and handicapped scoring.
Huisinga, playing on Cape Country Club for the first time, was impressed with the course.
First-year Cape Country Club pro Steve Harris hopes to have the seniors back next year.
"It's fun to show your place off," he said," and these guys play golf. That's what's neat about it. They enjoy this golf course because it's a good course for an experienced player. It's short with small greens so you're not always standing on the tee with a driver every hole and you've got to know where to put the ball on the green."
Hohler also enjoyed it because it's close to home after previous stops in Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis.
"I was joking with the guys that it was such a short trip, I drove to the far end of town and back so I would feel like I was traveling," he said. "It's Bent Creek [today], and I can hardly wait to get there."
|Darrel Huisinga, Fenton||72||68|
|Mike Dallmeyer, Jefferson City||73||72|
|Paul Lane, St. Louis||74||72|
|Mike Goff, Huntsville||76||73|
|Craig Hardcastle, St. Louis||77||77|
|Charles Kidney, St. Louis||80||78|
|Tom Nichols, Ballwin||83||78|
|Gary Johnson, Jefferson City||85||72|
|Jerry Waitulavich, Chesterfield||66||66|
|Ed Davis, St. Louis||73||70|
|Stephen Slaughter, Jefferson City||73||68|
|Terry Tessary, Collinsville, Ill.||73||72|
|Jim Vastyan, St. Louis||73||71|
|Jerry Wall, Springfield||74||70|
|Bruce Robert, St. Louis||76||71|
|William Womack, Rocheport||76||69|
|Larry Zimmerman, Jefferson City||77||67|
|Charlie Blackwell, Mountain Grove||78||75|
|William Wunderlich, High Ridge||79||73|
|Steven Arndt, Sikeston||80||76|
|Randy Rahlmann, Poplar Bluff||83||79|
|Tom Rainwater, Bloomfield||83||77|
|Danny Lansdown, Bucyrus||84||75|
|David Samp, Moberly||85||76|
|Jim Evans, Nixa||86||76|
|Tom Hollis, Bolivar||86||79|
|David Hohler, Cape Girardeau||87||79|
|John Fogerty, St. Charles||91||79|
|Ed Ewing, St. Louis||77||69|
|Wally Obremski, O'Fallon||77||73|
|Rocky Walther, St. Louis||77||74|
|Carl Benbrook, Chesterfield||82||80|
|Steve Duke, Dexter||85||80|
|Thomas Gura, St. Louis||85||75|
|Ron Glover, Columbia||87||80|
|Richard Morris, St. Louis||88||75|
|Duran Duggan, Lee's Summit||90||77|
|Jerry Freeland, St. Louis||74||71|
|Henry Hartle, Lebanon||74||72|
|Bob Iglehart, Columbia||76||67|
|Jerry Kirksey, Bolivar||76||73|
|Gene Kemna, Jefferson City||82||69|
|Norton Balber, St. Louis||83||73|
|Donald Francis, Springfield||83||76|
|Gary Mears, Manchester||83||77|
|Ned Gregory, Manchester||91||83|
|Gary Hovis, Jefferson City||94||79|
70 and older
|Grant Scharnhorst, St. Charles||79||73|
|Gene Olson, Jefferson City||83||72|
|Guy Jones, Columbia||90||75|
|Tony Nigro, Jefferson City||98||81|