Trout Takes E-Z-Go South Florida PGA Open on 8th Playoff Hole

NAPLES – Chris Trout earned his first South Florida Section victory Friday (June 18) at the 26th annual E-Z-Go South Florida PGA Open when Mike San Filippo of Hobe Sound hit his tee shot into a lake on the eighth playoff hole.

"It's just a big boost," Trout told the Naples Daily News. "I've been knocking at the door. It seems like I've been in the final group five or six times in the last year. To close one out and play well, and really hit some quality iron shots and some nice putts, and I hardly really made a mistake out there (feels good)."

After they tied at 11-under-par 205 on final round scores of 69 and 68, respectively, on the Gold course at Tiburon Golf Club, Trout and San Filippo matched seven consecutive pars on a rotation of the par-4 18th and ninth holes.

Chris Trout

Playing the ninth hole for the fourth time, San Filippo, a conditional player on the Champions Tour the previous seven years, hit his drive left and into the water, allowing Trout, an assistant at Cypress Lake Country Club, to win with a conservative par.

San Filippo, the senior division winner Thursday, had eagled the par-5 17th hole when he holed a bunker shot. Moments later, Trout birdied the hole and both parred 18 to set up the first playoff since 2003.

In regulation Friday, Trout, the second round leader at 136, also birdied Nos. 1, 3, 8 and 10 and bogeyed the seventh and 15th holes. San Filippo had birdies at 6, 10 and 11 and also bogeyed the seventh.

San Filippo shot 68-69—137 the first two days to win the 50-and-over division for the second time, the first coming in 2007. Senior players had the option of playing for overall honors by paying an additional entry fee.

Olin Brown Jr. of Tequesta, son of the Champions Tour’s Olin Sr., closed with 66 to earn low amateur honors at 212, tied for 11th among
44 players who made the 36-hole cut. Browne had a pair of 73s the first two days.

After one round each at Tiburon and Pelican Marsh, the 104-player field was cut top the low 40 and ties, which came at five over par 149 with 44 players advancing to the final round at Tiburon.

In Global Golf Sales Tournament Series No. 2 on Tuesday, which served as a tuneup at Tiburon Gold, a team of teachers – Rafael Floriani, PGA Center for Golf Learning, Port St. Lucie, and Ken Martin, Village GC, Royal Palm Beach – were the winners with a four-ball stroke play score of 10-under 62.


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