Nelson, Tourtelot win weather-shortened Gateway
Corliss “Corky” Nelson won the Gateway Invitational’s senior division when the final round was cancelled due to a cold, steady rain and a 10-15 mph wind at Gateway G&CC’s Tom Fazio-designed course in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Dan Tourtelot, after a runner-up finish at last week’s similarly cold and windy Riverwood Senior, won the super senior division.
Both Nelson (72-71) and Tourtelot (73-70) finished at 1-under 143 for the two rounds played, each good for two-shot victories.
Bad weather was forecasted for the third round, but it turned out to be worse than expected.
“I think some of the players would have attacked me if I sent them out there” said Gateway’s head professional Chris Sheehan. “The weathermen were calling for higher temperatures and the rain was not supposed to be very heavy. It was hard to cancel, but it was the right call.”
It’s believed that this was the first round lost to weather in the event that dates back to 1991 in various formats.
Next up is the Kingsway Senior Invitational and Golfweek Sr. National Championship, where better weather is expected.