Richard Terga Takes Palm Beach Open in Playoff Finish

WEST PALM BEACH – Richard Terga of Palm Beach scored his fourth victory of the year when he won the third annual Grey Goose Palm Beach Open at the Banyan Golf Club of Palm Beach.

None was more exciting than Sunday’s.

An instructor at the John Webster Golf Academy at the Breakers Hotel, Terga, 34, edged Alan Morin, 41, of Lake Worth after they tied at 11-under-par 205.

Moments after Morin birdied the first playoff hole, the par-5 first, for a momentary advantage, Terga nudged his ball 15 feet down a slippery slope for an eagle and the victory.

“I did all I could,” said Morin, a seasonal assistant at The Falls Country Club who made up two strokes with a final round 66. “I did my part…I made my birdie after chipping up to within a foot from in front of the green. Then he made his putt, but I knew he would. You always have to believe your opponent will make the putt.”

Morin won his third South Florida PGA Section Championship in August.

Terga said he got some help from one of his playing partners, Darryl Osler of Boca Raton, who had a similar putt in regulation.

“I had seen Darryl’s putt so I knew it was going to be very fast, down hill and down grain,” Terga said. “But I could see the line. All I had to do was nudge the ball a little.”

In regulation, Terga had an eagle, three birdies and a bogey for 68 while Morin, playing one group ahead, made six birdies. Terga also eagled the par-5 14th hole with a cross-green 60-foot putt to regain the lead. Morin had pulled even at 10-under with birdies at the 13th and 14th.

Earlier this year, Terga won a Minor League Golf Tour event by three strokes; teamed with Kevin Compare of Stuart to capture the South Florida PGA Senior-Junior, also by three shots; and beat Jerry Tucker of Stuart 2 and 1 in the finals of the Southeast Chapter Match Play Championship.

Terga earned $5,000, Morin $1,350, from the $19,795 purse.

“Winning a tournament like this should give me credibility as an instructor," Terga said. “The people should listen to you when they know you can play, too."

Osler, 49, a pool contractor who won the Palm Beach County Challenge a week previous (Sept. 11), had played himself into the final threesome with a 64 at Banyan on Saturday, the lowest score in the brief history of the tournament.

He closed with 72-210, sixth overall and was the low amateur.

“I was happy to shoot par today,” Osler said. “I had some opportunities to go lower but it was great experience just watching how those pros go about their business.”

What did he learn that might help him in future Palm Beach County Golf Association play?

“Make more putts,” he smiled.

Previous county open winners were Chris Campbell, 68, in 2008 and amateur Greg O’Mahony, 66, last year, both at Emerald Dunes GC. This was the first time it was conducted at 54 holes.

The tournament was a joint venture of the PBCGA and the Southeast Chapter of the SFPGA. There were 55 entries, including 19 amateurs and 36 pros.

After the first round on the Champion course at PGA National and the second at Banyan, the field was cut to 25 and ties at seven over par 151.

 

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