Pool defends Golfweek Senior Amateur title
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Doug Pool defended his title by winning the Senior division of the Golfweek Senior Amateur by a stroke at PGA West.
The Las Vegas resident had a three-round total of 216 to beat runner up Jeff Burda from Modesto, Calif. Pool dropped shots at Nos. 3, 4, 7, and 17 – including a double bogey on the fourth – but had enough birdies on his card to make his even par round of 72 enough for victory.
Pool, known for his consistent play, said his game around the greens helped considerably.
"I didn't have my "A" game overall today but my short game was great," he said. ". . . Yesterday, when I made the birdies on No. 12 and 17 with a 30 and 15 footer, I gained a lot of confidence."
Pool's ninth-place finish last week in the Society of Seniors' Masters coupled with his win this week will move him into the top 10 in the Golfweek Senior Amateur Rankings.
"We keep our courses in top tournament condition and to see players play this well is really a tribute to the quality of the field," said Michael Ferguson, Director of Golf at PGA West.
In the Super Senior division, top-ranked Ted Smith continued to dominate with his six-shot victory (217) over Gaylord Davis from Portland, Ore., and Joe Pavoni from Prospect, Ky., who tied for second with a three-round total of 223.
"The weakest part of my game is my short-game," Smith said after shooting a 70 in his second round. "I hit so many fairways and greens I don't get a chance to challenge myself."
With the win, Smith will retain the top spot in Golfweek's Super Senior rankings.
Robert Wernick from Rancho Mirage, Calif., (226) won the Legends division by a stroke over Walt Martin of Oakton, Va.
Wernick, ranked number 250 in the final 2012 ranking, will move into the top 50 with his win.