The trip the to the semi-finals in the SF City was a grind, but birdies won holes. This was not the case in the semi-finals against 55 year old Larry Salk. During my match with Larry, I quickly realized he was not going to miss many putts of any length, and that I needed to play my absolute best to beat him on a very windy and tough day at TPC Harding Park.

Larry during the round made a 3 on nine holes of the 17 we played, he made birdie 3 on hole #1, made a par 3 on hole #3, he made a 3 for birdie on hole number 5, and birdie three on hole number 7, a par 3 on hole number 8, a par 3 on hole number 11, an eagle 3 on hole number 12, a birdie 3 on hole number 13, and a par 3 on hole number 17.

Typically when I am -3 through 17 holes I would expect to win a match, but not on this day. Larry played great and I expected him to win the final match on Sunday. No disrespect to defending Champion Jim Koll, but Larry’s play was in a different league and his distance off the tee would rival any of the kids playing in the Championship flight.

However his assumed victory was not to be in the final match. I sent a congrats text to Jim Knoll, who replied back that he birdied 3 of the first 4 holes out of the gate on Sunday. Sometimes when you get any player down early, it changes everything. Jim put away Larry handily with a 5 and 4 margin.

My match ended on the 17th hole at 12:20 on Saturday, which meant to I had 66 minutes to get to SFO, check in, get through security and to my gate. It was a long shot, but somehow I made my flight to Jacksonville arriving at midnight. After an hour plus drive to Sea Island on Sunday morning and a practice round, I was ready to tee it up early on Monday morning in the Jones Cup. As I’ve previously reported the Jones Cup field is one of the best in all of Senior Golf with 8 of the top ten ranked players in the world in the field. This was my golden opportunity to move up in the rankings.

My start was quite magical with high winds, and difficult pin positions I made a opening birdie on #1 then birdied number 2 and 3 to open up to a fast -3. I followed that up with some pars on the difficult holes 4 and 5, and got to -4 with another birdie on #8. Knowing that #9 was going to play tough, I hit two solid shots to the middle of the green leaving a 30 foot uphill and then slightly downhill putt. These are the tough putts on these fast greens. You don’t want to come up short, but certainly don’t want to go back down the other side leaving a long par putt. I hit my first putt way to hard, but it was online and looking to possibly go in, at the last second the putt hit the side of the hole which accelerated it past and away 6 feet. I lipped that out and left with a very disappointing bogey 5.

Things didn’t get any better on #10 a down wind hole playing only 380 yards. I hit a big three wood to 98 yard of the hole which was on the from of the green just over a very large and deep bunker. Even though this shot was downwind, sometimes the wind knocks down these types of shots. I tried to take a bigger than usually swing and completely laid the sod over hitting my ball half way to the green in an even tougher predicament than before. Now I was short of the bunker in the high grass, downwind with no chance to stop this shot on the putting surface. I hit it over the green, chipped back to 2 feet and missed the 2 footer as the wind was pushing me all over the place.

So quickly I went from -4 to -1 with pure mental errors. And from there made two more unforced errors and ended with a +1 71 and 3 shots out of the lead. My back and body felt great the first two rounds, but my decision making with the wind was flawed and I kept hitting poor shots into the wind, not taking enough club to flight my shots down. The second round came in at +2 for 72 and a 143 total and a T8th position.

The weather didn’t look promising for round 3 with rain and thundershowers in the forecast. But a gap did open and off we went at 9:15 shotgun start. I got it to -1 after 5 holes, but certainly didn’t feel like I had my good follow through working on this final day. And as I typically do, on days when I am not at my best physically I also struggle mentally and grow impatient. It was a mistake to be playing hoping for a rainout to secure a T8th finish in the event. Instead I played poorly and kept making the same mistake of under clubbing myself. This led to 5 bogeys over the last 13 holes and a +4 finish. Only 2 players in the top 20 shot higher than +4 on a day of good scoring due to lower wind conditions.

Not surprisingly the top ranked guys all finished very high in the event with raining US Senior Amateur Champion Bob Royak, taking the first place trophy with a fine -4 total, followed closely by world number 1, Gene Elliott at -3

Finishing T14 was a huge disappointment after getting it to -4 starting off on my first nine holes. After the round I drove in the rain to a place I have never been before called Ocala Florida where the Moot Thomas Championship starts today with a 1pm shotgun on a muni course called Ocala Golf club. The course will play about 6,000 yard long and a three day total of -10 or better will be needed unless the wind blows hard.

The contrast from Sea Island to Ocala couldn’t be any greater from a well manicured resort course that hosts a PGA tour event on the Seaside, to a muni that goes back and forth, with no views, and has greens that roll half as fast as Sea Islands.

But here I am, hoping to learn from the flaws of the Jones Cup, and apply more patience and thoughtfulness to my approach. I am here, I shall make the best of it.



Jones Cup results

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2020 Jones Cup Senior – Senior Division (55+) – Senior Division (55 years of age and older) Division

Pos.PlayerTotal To Par GrossR1R2R3Total GrossPurse
1Bob RoyakAlpharetta, Georgia-4686771206$700.00
2Gene ElliottWest Des Moines, Iowa-3697068207$500.00
3Steve HarwellMooresville, North Carolina-2706969208$450.00
4Jack LarkinAtlanta, Georgia-1707069209$425.00
T5Jerry SlagleSouthlake, Texas+1687271211$375.00
T5Doug HanzelSavannah, Georgia+1716872211$375.00
7Jack KearneyPeachtree City, Georgia+3727170213$325.00
T8Allen PeakeMacon, Georgia+4727171214$287.50
T8Danny NelsonSavannah, Georgia+4707470214$287.50
T10Richard KerperOldsmar, Florida+5716876215$225.00
T10John SkeadasSavannah, Georgia+5727271215$225.00
T12Joe PalmerNorwalk, Iowa+6737073216$137.50
T12Ken KinkopfJupiter, Florida+6727272216$137.50
T14Randy HaagOrinda, California+7717274217$25.00
T14Chris HallMarietta, Georgia+7727372217$25.00
T14Walter ToddLaurens, South Carolina+7717571217$25.00
T14Tommy BrennanCovington, Louisiana+7747271217$25.00
T14Brian KeenanTampa, Florida+7737470217$25.00
T14Rusty StrawnMcDonough, Georgia+7727669217$25.00
T20Robert FunkCanyon Lake, California+8727175218$0.00
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T20Jeff KnoxAugusta, Georgia+8717473218$0.00
T20Buzz FlyMemphis, Tennessee+8757172218$0.00
23Grady BrameHammond, Louisiana+9747372219$0.00
24Kip EstepRockwall, Texas+10767668220$0.00
T25Donald O’ConnorMcKinney, Texas+11757175221$0.00
T25Tom LapeAtlanta, Georiga+11767273221$0.00
T25Kirk WrightOklahoma City, Oklahoma+11777569221$0.00
28Roger NewsomVirginia Beach, Virginia+12737673222$0.00
T29Pat StayerDallas, Texas+13767176223$0.00
T29David OasCarlsbad, California+13757276223$0.00
T29Jack HallSavannah, Georgia+13717973223$0.00
T29Trey FreemanSt. Simons Island, Georgia+13727972223$0.00
T33Geno BerchiattiGreenville, South Carolina+14727577224$0.00
T33Steven HudsonBirmingham, Alabama+14807173224$0.00
T33Douglas GradwellPlumville, Pennsylvania+14737873224$0.00
T33Frank VanaBoxford, Massachusetts+14738170224$0.00
T37Larry NunezAustin, Texas+15757377225$0.00
T37Mark NickersonGreensboro, Georgia+15777177225$0.00
T37Eddie HargettBlythewood, South Carolina+15757773225$0.00
T40Greg GoodeSalina, Kansas+16757576226$0.00
T40Michael KelleyWesterville, Ohio+16747775226$0.00
T40Donny PhillipsSuwanee, Georgia+16757972226$0.00
T43Rich BucknerGainesville, Virginia+17747776227$0.00
T43Peter DeTempleLexington Park, Maryland+17757676227$0.00
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T43Stevie CannadyPooler, Georgia+17787574227$0.00
T43Gordy McKeownLittle Rock, Arkansas+17737975227$0.00
T43Paul RoyakTampa, Florida+17797771227$0.00
T48Keith DeckerMartinsville, Virginia+18777576228$0.00
T48Jim LehmanMinnetonka, Minnesota+18797574228$0.00
T48Vance AntoniouSarasota, Florida+18777774228$0.00
T48Steve MaddalenaJackson, Michigan+18748173228$0.00
52Scott RayCentral City, Kentucky+20758075230$0.00
53Emile VaughanPike Road, Alabama+21728277231$0.00
54Mark BenefieldPeachtree Corners, Georgia+22758275232$0.00
T55Jonathan ValuckOklahoma City, Oklahoma+23748277233$0.00
T55Matt GrandyGreenville, South Carolina+23827477233$0.00
T55John WrightFairhope, Alabama+23778076233$0.00
T58Craig ScheibertSavannah, Georgia+24767880234$0.00
T58Brad RendellWinnetka, Illinois+24808074234$0.00
T58Mike FunkPooler, Georgia+24817776234$0.00
T61Rand MendezWilmington, Delaware+25837874235$0.00
T61John LombardozziHerndon, Virginia+25798373235$0.00
T61David ProkopHaymarket, Virgnia+25778276235$0.00
T61Bob BeckAllentown, Pennsylvania+25748180235$0.00
65Jim RomanielloStamford, Connecticut+28758083238$0.00
66Keith HolmesMacon, Georgia+30827979240$0.00
67Tripp KuhlkeAugusta, Georgia+31808081241$0.00
68Joel HickmanBoise, Idaho+41828782251$0.00
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WDTodd HendleyColumbus, North Carolina73WDWD$0.00
 WDRick CloningerMcDonough, Georgia77 WD WD$0.00
 WDRoger HoitNew York, New York78 WD WD$0.00
NCMichael HughettOwasso, Oklahoma7580NCNC$0.00
T otal Purse Allocated: $4,600.00
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2020 Jones Cup Senior – Super Senior (65+) – Super Senior Division (65 years of age and older) Division

Pos.PlayerTotal To Par GrossR1R2R3Total GrossPurse
1Mark WestonWindermere, Florida+2707171212$600.00
2Allan SmallSavannah, Georgia+4717172214$450.00
3Marc FriedSolon, Ohio+9727473219$350.00
4John ArmstrongFrostburg, Maryland+10757273220$300.00
5Brian JohnstonPeachtree Corners, Georgia+12757671222$200.00
T6Corky NelsonDallas, Texas+13747673223$50.00
T6Don MarshJohns Creek, Georgia+13797470223$50.00
8John OsborneVero Beach, Florida+15817173225$0.00
T9Pete AllenSouthport, North Carolina+16757675226$0.00
T9Don DonatoniMalvern, Pennsylvania+16757774226$0.00
T9David CrockerBluffton, South Carolina+16757774226$0.00
T12Don RussellTequesta, Florida+17737975227$0.00
T12George WalkerFairhope, Alabama+17757874227$0.00
T12Alan ThielemannWoodstock, Georgia+17837272227$0.00
15Phil PavoniMacon, Georgia+19827176229$0.00
16Bob CasamentoPalm Coast, Florida+21847572231$0.00
T17Don KuehnKansas City, Missouri+22817774232$0.00
T17Mark BaxterTequesta, Florida+22827971232$0.00
T19Larry WoodsLouisville, Kentucky+23777878233$0.00
T19Dave BellBluffton, South Carolina+23758177233$0.00
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21Frank CostanzoSavannah, Georgia+25788176235$0.00
T22Curt KnorrDunwoody, Georgia+26778376236$0.00
T22Dale PorterLeland, North Carolina+26838073236$0.00
24Charlie Van SwearingenW. Bloomfield, Michigan+27788475237$0.00
25Bob YoungDunwoody, Georgia+29848174239$0.00
26Frank WrennGreenville, South Carolina+30777984240$0.00
27Mike RayAtlanta, Georgia+37828283247$0.00
28Charlie AndersonJohns Creek, Georgia+53829289263$0.00
 WDJim de LeonBluffton, South Carolina7179 WD WD$0.00
WDJames CastagnaSandy Spring, Maryland9080WDWD$0.00
WDMills RendellWinnetka, Illinois8688WDWD$0.00
 WDChip WardSouth Burlington, Vermont77 WD WD$0.00
T otal Purse Allocated: $2,000.00


  1. Randy
    Palatka will present a different type of green design. I played this 1925 Donald Ross track for the first time last Friday; a number of greens are extremely tilted back to front; the practice putting green doesn’t duplicate that; the smaller greens are just a bit larger than a two car garage; largest green probably the equivalent of a four car garage; there’s no driving range or hitting net there; two small parking lots; best to arrive a little early to secure a space; it was windy Friday; I ran into one of the course maintenance and asked him about what grasses are on the course; he overseeded with rye and there’s some poana in the mix. It was the first time side-saddling w/ my new 47 inch, center-shafted two ball putter; left a lot of putts short; the maintenance guy said they’ll be moving them and will roll them prior to the azalea. One of the young bombers in my group said they can get them as fast as coffee table tops for a tournament. Hope to catch up with you next Saturday at Palatka. Paul Daniels, St. Augustine FL

    • Paul thanks for the info. I drove to the course today after my last round at Ocala. Looks like an interesting test at Palatka. Hope to see you with your side saddle putter!!

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