Dick Pfeil shot a dominating final-round, bogey-free 66 to overcome a first-round 81 and win the senior division of the Golfweek Senior National Championship at Waterlefe Golf & River Club in Sarasota, Fla. His total of 218 was five better than Kelly Roberts of London, Ontario, and Vance Antoniou, who resides in North Barrington, Ill.
Pfeil was 10 shots behind when the final round began, but when second-round leader Antoniou faltered, Pfeil’s nearly blemish-free golf gave him a comfortable win. In the last round of the Gateway Senior Invitational just eight days earlier, the Lake Geneva, Wis., native shot a bogey-free 63 to win his first senior point event of 2011.
In the super senior division, Ted Smith won his third of the four January points events. Rounds of 74-73-70 eased him to a seven-shot victory over Bill Spadafora of Bluffton, S.C., and topped Pinehurst’s Gary Strickfaden and Don Valcheff, of Nokesville, Va. Smith made an eagle, 10 birdies and had only two double-bogeys on the hazard-laden Waterlefe course.
The field rang up 299 double bogeys and 110 “others” in the 206 rounds played. The hole with the highest average was the 140-yard par-3 15th. The field averaged one full shot over par on that hole, which features a river running along the left side and a hazard near the small green.
In addition to their wins at Waterlefe, Pfeil and Smith captured first prizes in the Golfweek/Wilson Golf January Swing. The “Swing” gave bonus ranking points to the top 25 players in each division who amassed the highest number of points in the four January events. The complete tournament and January Swing results can be found here