L-R: Nathan Classon, Chet Parker, John Marshall, Joe Porter, Josh Johnson, Ed Paterniti
WINS IN PLAYOFF; MARSHALL & JOHNSON CLAIM 1-STROKE VICTORIES IN
MEMORIAL @ MISSION INN
It was a picture perfect weekend for golf at Mission
Inn. Ninety-four players competed ont the Las Colinas and El Campeon courses
for the 900 points and crystal trophy that goes to the winner in each flight.
For the first time--which will begin a new tradition--the
Bob Mirus Memorial will be the first major of each year on the
Golfweek Amateur Tour/Orlando. Named in honor of tour director Tom Mirus’
father, the first major of the year provided plenty of great competition.
Bessette and John Henry each shot two day scores of 157 to
tie for the Championship flight top spot.
The two went back out to the tough 18th hole for the
playoff. Bessette’s par proved good
enough to notch his second win in a row on tour. In the senior Championship flight, Bill Foster (pictured)opened with a 76
and then held on Sunday to finish at 159 and take a three stroke win over Patrick Fitzgerald.
Tour veteran John Marshall captured the A flight
with two identical rounds of 80 for 160.
Ed Paterniti birdied his
final hole for a two day total of 161 that still left him one stroke back. Three strokes further back were Tom Dillon and Marvin Pressley at 164. Paterniti also competes in the senior A
flight and his 161 total was good enough to win the first place crystal. Ed was five strokes clear of second place
finisher Howard Tomlinson, visiting from the Hilton Head
tour. Mike Lombardo
finished third with 167.
Classon, B-Flight Winner
B flight saw a tour
rookie win. Nathan Classon cruised to a three shot
win by shooting an 82-87-169. Zack
Mihalik and Chet Rakowski tied
for 2nd on 172. Zack took the second place prize on the
match of scorecards. Mike Salik and Mike Ferretti were two more back, tied
on 174. Chet Parker claimed the senior B title
with rounds of 81-88-169. He beat Chet Rakowski (172) by
C flight went to Joe Porter. It was his first event after transferring to
Orlando from the Myrtle Beach tour. He
shot a nice 84-89-173 to take the crystal.
Three more first year players were next as Rob Lattig grabbed second place with a
36-hole total of 181, then Dennis Frantz (185) and Gary McElroy (187).
Johnson scored a victory in
D flight with a score of 99-102-201. By
a razor thin margin, he edged past Dan
Salik by a single stroke. After
finishing in the top five in five of six events without a win this year, Joshua
finally came home with the top prize.
Mission Inn played
host to the NCAA Division III Championships two weeks before the Golfweek Tour
came through and the courses were in terrific condition.
The tour moves to
Celebration Golf Club on June 23.
TO MISSION INN
Next event is the June 23 at Celebration.