Pfeil, Smith win Gateway titles on postcard day

Ted Smith won the super senior title at the Gateway Invitational, his second super senior title in 2012.

FT. MYERS, Fla. – For the first time in three years, the Gateway Senior Invitational, a January Swing event, was blessed with warm, sunny weather and little wind. In prime final-round conditions, Richard Pfeil shot a 9-under 63 for an 8-under 208 total that set new course and tournament records. Pfeil won the senior division by eight shots over Bill Zylstra of Plymouth, Mich., and nine over Tom Case of Naples, Fla.

The super senior competition was more of a horse race as 12 players were within three shots of the lead entering the final round. Edward Craig of Orlando, Fla., and Bill McDonald of Troy, Mich., were tied atop the leaderboard at 147.

In the final round, Craig shot 76 to drop into a tie for fourth while McDonald’s 73 came up short of winner Ted Smith, who shot a 70 to overcome a two-shot deficit. He earned the title with a 219 total and left McDonald one shot back in solo second.

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