Ed Sabo Repeats as Vero Beach Shootout Champion

VERO BEACH – With the same score on the same golf course, Ed Sabo of Tequesta has won the Titleist Vero Beach Shootout for the second year in a row.

Sabo earned 44 Stableford points Tuesday (June 1) at Hawk’s Nest Golf Club, edging Alan Morin of Royal Palm Beach and Jerry Tucker of Stuart, who tied for second with 43 points. A year ago, Sabo beat Morin with
a par on the first playoff hole.

“But don’t ask me to compare the two,” Sabo, 61, said with a grin. “I may not remember much about this round by the time I get home today.”

Let the record show he shot two under par 70 on his own ball with six birdies, four on the back nine after beginning in the 12th hole in a shotgun start. All four of his bogeys were on the front side.

It was Sabo’s 10th Southeast Chapter victory since 1988, and his second this year. He won the Jupiter Classic at The Dye Preserve on May 10. He earned $1,123 from the $11,310 purse here, including an optional bonus pool, shootout and skins game.

Traditionally, a shootout among the top eight finishers follows the 18-hole main event. Tuesday, play was suspended by lightning after the first round and the $400 purse was distributed among the participants.

Less than 20 minutes later the all-clear horn was sounded but by then nearly everyone had left. “That’s too bad,” Sabo said as he packed up.

“The shootout last year was a lot of fun.”

Stableford points were awarded the 74 starters on the basis of one for bogey, two for par, four for birdie and six for eagle.

There were no skins and the money in that pool was redistributed in the general prize fund.

Next on the chapter schedule: June 21-22, Pro-Pro Championship, Jonathan’s Landing GC at Old Trail, and June 29, Senior Team and Assistants Team championships, Hobe Sound GC.


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