Ron Carter of Monticello, Ind., fired a final-round, 2-under 70 to win the 15th annual the Dixie Amateur Seniors Division tournament, clearing Bob Stephens of Indianapolis, Ind., by one stroke at the Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla.
Carter replaces Rick Woulfe as the tournament champ, after Woulfe won the Dixie Seniors the last three years and six times since 2000. Woulfe finished fourth, three shots behind Carter.
Dick Anderson of Bluffton, S.C., was third, two shots off the pace.
Carter, 61, has won both the Society of Seniors Championship in 2010 and also won the Senior Porter Cup in September 2011. He did not make a bogey during the final round and made 10 birdies over the three-day tournament.
“I had three or four putts today that just stopped a revolution or two short of the hole,” said Carter, who is an insurance agent. “I don’t think I missed a fairway all day and only one green – at 18.”
In the Super Seniors division – those 65 and older – Pat Vincelli of Minnesota won by three strokes. Vincelli was the only player to break par, following an opening-round 78 with rounds of 69-70.
Vincelli had an eagle during his final round to go along with three birdies and two bogeys.
“The first round was a nightmare, but I played well the last two days,” said Vincelli, a retired human resources executive.
This weekend’s action was the kickoff of a busy month at Heron Bay, with the 81st annual Dixie Amateur being played from Dec. 19-22, the Women’s from Dec. 30-Jan. 2 and the Senior Women’s from Dec. 30-Jan. 1.