Brendan Flood, Ken Martin Winners in So. Fla PGA Event

STUART, Fla. – Brendan Flood and Ken Martin were the winners Tuesday at Sailfish Point in the Global Golf Sales’ Assistants and Seniors championships conducted by the Southeast Chapter of the South Florida PGA Section.

Flood, 25, an assistant professional at Hobe Sound Golf Club, shot 69 with 10 birdies in the afternoon round for 139 to win the Assistants division.

Martin, 51, teaching professional at Village Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach, fired a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 to capture the 18-hole Seniors title.

After a conventional morning round of 70 on three birdies and a bogey, Flood scored five birdies on each nine in the afternoon, three in a row starting at the eighth hole and then the last four holes of the oceanside course. He made three pars, three bogeys and two double bogeys on the remaining eight holes.

“I was close all afternoon,” Flood said, “so I didn’t get too upset. On the two doubles, I hit one out of bounds by less than six inches and one in the water. By comparison, the morning round was pretty boring.”

Paul Scaletta of The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, the morning round leader with 69, added 72 for 141 to take second.

“Nothing spectacular,” Martin said. “All the birdie putts were in the 8-15 foot range."

Martin’s best save was at the par-5 14th, his last hole of the day, when he got up-and-down from the left rough on his fourth shop by chipping to within eight inches.

“It definitely helped to have played here last week,” Martin said. “I didn’t play well the first day but I came back with 32 and a 70 for 145 to qualify for the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in October. “I was surprised 145 made it.”

Ed Sabo of Tequesta shot 68 and was second among 17 PGA professionals 50 years and older. Starting at the 14th hole, Sabo made three bogeys on his first five holes, then birdied seven of nine from No. 3 through No. 11.

Flood earned $600 from the $5,000 Assistants purse, Martin $550 of the $2,725 for the seniors. There were 28 assistants and 17 seniors.

 

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