Edmondson wins Durham Senior Am title; Boswell takes Super Srs.

May. 20, 2014 @ 08:22 PM

On a breezy day at Croasdaile Country Club, Preston Edmondson watched his good friend, Steve Sharpe, struggle to maintain his lead in the Durham Senior Amateur golf tournament Tuesday.

At the same time, Edmondson knew the basics were going to be the key for him to post a second consecutive below-par round.

“I had to keep the ball in the middle and knock it on the green,” Edmondson said, “because it was playing really, really hard out there.”

Edmondson did just that, firing a 1-under-par 71 in the tournament’s final round to surpass Sharpe and win the tournament championship at 3-under.

“He’s one of my good friends and I knew it was playing hard the way he was playing, because he is really good,” Edmondson said of Sharpe, who shot a 66 on Monday but came in at 8-over 80 on Tuesday.

In the tournament’s Super Senior division, open to golfers 65 and older, Jamestown’s Larry Boswell shot an even-par 72 in the final round to win the championship for the third consecutive year.

“I just wanted to play good, not make any mistakes and not get any high numbers,” Boswell said.

Like Sharpe, Boswell shot a 66 in Monday’s first round. He admittedly playing a little more conservatively on Tuesday while protecting his lead. Carrying a four-stroke lead into the final round, Boswell finished at 6-under for the tournament to win the division by five strokes over Jamestown’s Jim Pridgen.

In the senior division, Sharpe carried a three-stroke lead over David Eaker of Forest City into Tuesday’s play. Edmondson, four shots off the lead, joined those two in the lead group.

With steady play, Morrisville’s Edmondson made the turn at 1-under for the day after recording eight pars and one birdie on the front nine.

His round got off to an inauspicious start as he found the bunker at No. 1. But his ability to save par proved to show the kind of day he would have.

With Sharpe and Eaker on their way to 80s, Edmondson birdied the dogleg No. 12 before all but putting the tournament away with an eagle on the par-5 13th hole.

Using a 3-hybrid club, he found the hole from 247 yards out to lower his score to 4-under for the day and 7-under for the tournament.

“I played just about as good as I can play through 13,” Edmondson said.

Edmondson’s great play disappeared down the stretch as he three-putted 14 for a bogey and also bogeyed 17 and 18.

But that was enough for him to add his first Durham Senior Am championship after winning multiple Durham Amateur titles in his career.

“It’s cool to be old and win the Durham Senior Am, too,” said Edmondson, the only golfer in the field to complete two rounds below par in the 36-hole event.

Boswell was never seriously threatened for the Super Senior division championship. Dr. George Leight of Apex started the day four shots behind Boswell. But Leight shot a four-over 76 in the final round.

Don Ries of Columbia, S.C., was also four over after shooting a 1-under-par 71 on Monday. Raleigh’s John Deluise shot Tuesday’s lowest round at 69. But that, added to the 75 he fired on Monday, left him at even-par 144 for the tournament and six shots behind Boswell.

Edward Jones Durham Senior Amateur
At Croasdaile Country Club
Tuesday’s Final Round
Senior Division
Preston Edmondson     70     71     141
Steve Sharpe     66     80     146
Lee Morris     71     76     147
Mike Bivins     77     70     147
Russ Perry     75     73     148
David Eaker     69     80     149
John Bunn     72     77     149
Bill Everett     74     75     149
Ron Carpenter     74     75     149
Lawrence Hicks     73     77     150
Ed Donlin     73     77     150
Bob Yow     73     77     150
Lennie Younce     73     77     150
Johnny Adams     74     76     150
Dennis Helms     75     75     150
Kim Mansfield     79     71     150
Eric Ardery     74     77     151
Tim Anderson     74     77     151
Gary Roberson     75     76     151
Marc Cox     77     74     151
Mark Wagner     75     77     152
Steve Southern     77     75     152
Ernie Newton     79     73     152
Gary W. Robinson     73     80     153
Wayne Pyrtle     75     78     153
Jeff Heath     78     76     154
Andy Burnette     74     81     155
Keith Waters     76     79     155
Garland Yates     76     79     155
Dave Rosendahl     77     78     155
John McCallie     78     77     155
James Dill     79     77     156
Jay Andorfer     77     80     157
Pug Taylor     77     80     157
Gordon Carver     78     79     157
Dennis Kuiper     76     82     158
Craig Lancaster     82     76     158
Joe Nevins     77     83     160
Blake McSherry     81     79     160
Will Alston     78     83     161
James Ribet     79     82     161
Jay Gardner     80     82     162
Barry Oakes     82     80     162
Dee Blankenhorn     81     82     163
Jim Guidici     88     75     163
Billie Biggs     80     84     164
Bill Muller     83     81     164
Matt Mullen     83     82     165
Bill Summerour     85     81     166
Pat Lawrence     89     77     166
Jerry Neal     79     88     167
Don Moore     82     85     167
Kelly Ritter     85     82     167
Joe Gucker     85     83     168
Chris Filiaci     81     88     169
Tom Kane     83     86     169
Brian Stevens     87     83     170
Bill Long     82     89     171
Mark Pennington     81     91     172
David Fridley     86     90     176
Gary Buck     91     85     176
Don Rutledge     88     92     180
Buddy Brown     85     97     182
John Michnowicz     88     99     187
Chris McDonald     95     92     187
Jack Tomkovick     90     98     188

Super Senior Division
Larry Boswell     66     72     138
Jim Pridgen     72     71     143
Roger Taylor     71     73     144
Mike Sprouts     73     71     144
John Deluise     75     69     144
Barry Delapp     74     71     145
George Leight     70     76     146
Rick Luzar     72     74     146
Don Ries     71     76     147
John Green     71     76     147
Terry Rathman     74     73     147
Russ McLauchlan     75     72     147
Charles Woody     76     72     148
Dan Anderson     75     74     149
Don Slater     76     73     149
Jim Deal     77     72     149
Gary Strickfaden     76     74     150
James Graham     78     72     150
Bill Burling     72     79     151
Gene Grubb     74     77     151
Charles Daley     78     73     151
Rick Lafata     76     77     153
Mike Hendley     77     76     153
Gary Pettit     77     76     153
Bill Beal     78     75     153
Bob Norman     79     75     154
George Kennon     78     77     155
Lea Couch     79     77     156
Steve Barnett     78     79     157
Bugsy Brown     82     75     157
Herb Conway     74     84     158
Ralph Wadlinger     74     84     158
Vance Whicker     79     79     158
Dink Andrews     81     77     158
Wayne Denton     81     77     158
Dave Robinson     79     80     159
Bob McQueen     79     80     159
Gus Neville     81     78     159
Steve Smith     82     77     159
Al Makila     83     76     159
Peter Fox     77     84     161
Ron Johnston     81     80     161
Hal Dugenske     83     78     161
Ray Gurtner     80     82     162
Dennis Toothman     81     81     162
Bill Martinson     81     81     162
Randy Harrison     81     81     162
Glenn Gulledge     82     80     162
Rick Zwicknagel     82     81     163
Jim Pearce     83     80     163
Grey Medinger     84     79     163
George Paris     80     84     164
Grady Strickland     81     83     164
Denny Adkins     86     78     164
Doug Stephens     83     82     165
Skip Pape     86     79     165
Russ Priddy     82     84     166
Gus Andrews     84     82     166
Stephen MacNeil     84     82     166
Henry Essey     87     79     166
Ron Russell     85     82     167
Frank Boone     86     82     168
Bob Richardson     80     89     169
Bill West     81     88     169
John Messner     86     83     169
Gerry Silva     83     87     170
Stan Osteen     83     88     171
Bill Tate     80     92     172
Charles Smith     82     91     173
Joseph Boyd     86     87     173
David Labarre     88     85     173
Clif Patterson     89     87     176
Harry Buzhardt, Jr     83     94     177
Dante Berini     93     86     179
Jack Simonds     94     86     180
George Kress     90     92     182
Robert Hubbard     93     91     184
Randall Barnett     91     96     187
Linwood Wright     93     95     188
Randy Hawkins     99     90     189
John Chesney     100     91     191
Ken Cook     98     97     195