Galloway, NJ - The Golf Channel Amateur Tour held the 3rd annual Seaview Masters, May 19-20, at Seaview Resort and Spa’s Bay and Pines courses. The weekend featured some interesting weather conditions on Sunday as rain/wind played a surprising factor but thankfully the rain stopped after just a few holes. Players were able to get a sneak peak at what the LPGA has is store in 2 weeks for the Shoprite tournament which will be aired on Golf Channel.
All eleven flights were decided over the predetermined 36 holes as no playoffs were required to decide the flight champions. The course conditions were top notch and all 183 competitors in the sold out field were ready to compete in the second major in the Northeast region for the 2012 season of the Golf Channel Am Tour. The field competed for their share of over $13,000 in Golf Galaxy gift certificates, trophies, top three finishers in each flight (including ties) qualified for the 2012 National Championships at TPC Sawgrass in September and of course, the opportunity to be named 2012 Seaview Masters Champion and have their name on the Golf Channel ‘ticker’. In addition, the event raised $1,140 for the Troops First Foundation and the lucky recipient of the other $1,140 was Yifan Liu of Manalapan, NJ.
The Championship flight, tour veteran and Baltimore, MD member Scott Heffner secured his victory on day 1 witch an opening round of 76 on route to a 10 shot victory. His closest competitor was Christian Boshoff of Washington, DC with rounds of 86-80 and 1 stroke back, tour newcomer Craig Walker of Westminster, MD with totals of 80-87 for the two days.
Ted Hadyka of Hopatcong, NJ had been close before including a local victory and a 3rd place finish at Kingsmill but after his medalist round of 79 on day 1, he was cautiously optimistic that he could capture his first major title in 2 years on tour and sure enough his day 2 round of 84 left him 9 strokes clear of 2nd place to capture Palmer honors. John Gallagher of Hanover, PA was the closest runner up with rounds of 84-88 and in 3rd was New York, NY resident Kevin Dudleston who carded rounds of 88-86.
Starting the day 2 strokes off the lead, the eventual Senior Palmer flight winner Jeff True of Naples, FL was the one of only 2 players in the flight to record a sub-80 round on Sunday with a round of 78 to compliment his Saturday score of 80 to win by 3 over 2nd place finisher Val Stype of Mattituck, NY who’s 80-81 was steady but just shy of hoisting the coveted Seaview Masters trophy. Rounding out the top three with low Sunday honors was Ralph Lombardi of Neshanic Station, NJ who shot 89 on Saturday but proved he could go low with a stellar 76 on day 2 in challenging wind/rainy conditions.
No stranger to major pressure, Thomas Lawless of Yonkers, NY has compiled impressive numbers in his 2 years on Tour with a win and a top 5 in 2011 and already a 2nd and T6th finish in 2012, he had to be among the favorites to capture Hogan flight honors and with rounds of 79-86, he didn’t disappoint. John Klein managed to travel all the way from Lasalle, ON to capture 2nd place with rounds of 84-86 just besting 3rd place winner Denis Appleyard of Kingston, NY who fired rounds of 82-91.
The Senior Hogan flight was closely contested after Saturday’s round, 6 players were within 3 shots of the lead but consistent rounds of 86-87 lead Joe Anastasi of Oxford, MA to his first ever victory on Tour. In 2nd just 1 stroke back was 2011 Seaview Masters defending Champ, Doug Dayne of Yorktown Heights, NY with matching rounds of 87. Third place honors went to the current Myrtle Beach major champion Christopher Denisar of New Windsor, NY with rounds of 87-88.
The largest field of the tournament was the Sarazen flight which tee’d up 34 competitors. Local Seaview Resort member Gina Swatowska emerged from 4 strokes back to win by 1 with rounds of 83-86 over David DePaola of Mahopac, NY who’s game is showing a recent resurgence after rounds of 79-91. Solo 3rd place was Brad Andrus of Ellicott City, MD with consistent rounds of 91-90, also earning the coveted spot at 2012 National Championships in Ponte Vedra, FL at the TPC Stadium course.
The Senior Sarazen flight appeared to be a 2 player dogfight on Sunday but they didn’t count on Brian Jackson of Sound Beach, NY coming from 4 back to win by 1 after rounds of 91-88 over T2 finishers Stewart Campbell of Dennisville, NJ and Dwight Trafford of Brampton, ON who shot matching 87-93’s to co-host the 2nd place position.
Second year member in the Jones flight, Dale Fichter of Laurel, MD decided 2012 was the year to start adding 2day majors to his playing schedule and it’s a good thing he did as he walks away with the 1st place award in just his 2nd major after scores of 94-93. In close 2nd was Kevin Perry of Philadelphia, PA with scores of 93-96. In his best finish ever at a major was stylish/tour favorite, Elias Gonzalez of Hopewell Junction, NY who shot rounds of 96-94 to punch his ticket to Nationals after a 3rd place finish.
The Senior Jones flight was all but over after 2nd year tour player Gene Greystone of Boston, MA recorded his lowest round ever on Tour with an opening 83 followed by a 93 to win in his first major in convincing fashion. Local New Jersey tour member Zoltan Stupar of nearby Wharton improved his day 2 score by 13 strokes in route to a 2nd place finish and rounds of 100-87. Just 1 stroke removed and capturing 3rd place is Staten Island, NY resident and current 2011 Turning Stone champion, Dennis Yang.
The always interesting Snead flight proves that no lead is ever safe as when Nathan Cohen of Crofton, MD finally hoisted the winner trophy after rounds of 96-99. His acceptance speech can still be viewed by loyal followers on internet sites around the world. Capturing 2nd place honors from Yardley, PA is George Wajda with rounds of 101-98 just edging out Player Advisory Board member and crowd favorite Dave Signorino of Winfield, MD with rounds of 95-105.
Thank you to everyone for competing. We hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you ‘Out on Tour’ in 2012!