DISNEY THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH FOR BESSETTE, CARGO, & ESPERON
ALBERTO ESPERON IS ALL SMILES AFTER VICTORY IN D FLIGHT
The 95+ degree heat slowed some of the players down, but it couldn't stop John Bessette from capturing the second and final major of the season for the Golfweek Amateur Tour Orlando's Championship flight. Although he did not join the tour until June, the win gave him an opportunity to qualify for the Tour Championship in October. The Championship flight came down to patience. John fired a closing 34 on his final nine holes for a 73 and a two day total of 150. He came away with a three stroke victory over Eric Baker who shot 74-79-153. First round leader Paul Simpkins struggled to an 81 after 73 on Saturday; but he held on for 3rd place.
DENNIS CARGO (L) & JOHN BESSETTE TAKE TOP HONORS IN A FLIGHT AND CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT AT DISNEY
A Flight--After Saturday's first round, 12 players were within 4 strokes of one another. It set up a great final round. Dennis Cargo shot the best A flght score of the weekend--a 75--to overtake first round leader Arnie Guerra and win the A flight with a score of 153. Tom Dillon came up one shot short as he posted back to back 77's for 154. Guerra and John Marshall were next at 157.
B Flight--Points leader Dan Seidenfaden took command of the B flight with his victory on Sunday. He shot rounds of 81 and 81 for 162 and a four shot win over John Cruise. Chuck Henderson was third with 167.
C Flight--Brian Mariani shot rounds of 92-88 to take top honors in the C flight. Marty Priebe, visiting from the Down East Golfweek Tour in North Carolina finished second with 185.
D Flight--Alberto Esperon won for the first time on tour with a nice second day rouond of 88 that propelled him to victory. John Thomas started the day two shots behind, but couldn't catch Alberto. John posted a fine 91 Sunday to secure second place.
Seniors--Dennis Brady and Rob Kempinski were tied on 150 after 36 holes in Senior Championship play. And it took four extra holes to settle the matter as Brady prevailed after making his fourth straight par in the playoff. Arnie Guerra's 76-81-157 was good for a one stroke victory in Senior A over Mike Lombardo and Ed Paterniti. JohnCruise also took a one stroke victory in senior B over two players, Chuck Henderson and Tim Sobitz.