Mark Hoover said it was meant to be Sunday after finishing a 1-under-par 71 that gave him a two-stroke victory in the Charleston City Senior Amateur at Municipal Golf Course.
An unorthodox par on the closing hole helped Hoover hold off Bert Atkinson who was in search of a third-straight in the event for players 50 and older.
Hoover, who turned 55 last month and is in the scrap metal business, finished the 54-hole tournament at even-par 216. Atkinson posted a final-round 72 for a 218 total and 2009 champion John Frye also shot 72 for a 220 to finish third.
Robert Fisk shot 217 to win the Super Seniors division for players 60-69 while Dean Howard shot 213 to win the Super Super Seniors category for players 70 and older.
On the 18th hole, Hoover’s tee shot hit a tree right of the fairway and caromed back into the fairway when it just as easily could have bounced out of bounds. His second shot was right of a greenside bunker in a sandy-grassy lie. He played the shot like a long bunker shot, got the ball on the green and jammed in a 10-foot putt for par and the win.
Hoover, who had two bogeys, a birdie and an eagle, said the 15th was key. He hit driver and a 5-iron to three feet on the par-5 hole.
“Eighteen had me all week,” Hoover said. “I was trying to get the ball in play. I was a little fortunate. I’ll tell everybody I hit it in the middle of the fairway. It’s not the way you would draw it up. This is a big to-do for me.”
CHAMPIONSHIP: Mark Hoover, 75-70-71—216; Bert Atkinson, 74-72-72—218; John Frye, 75-73-72—220; Andy Gianoukos, 75-72-76—223; Mike Bauer, 71-75-78—224; Winn Tutterow, 71-78-79—228; Patrick Harrington, 76-77-76—229; Christopher Pinckney, 73-77-80—230; John Ebersole, 73-76-81—230; Kent Hall, 74-79-78—231; Mike Harrison, 76-76-80—232; Warren Peper, 79-69-85—233. SECOND: Tony Morelli, 73-81-73—227; Jimmy Hyams, 83-76-72—231; Brian Lott, 72-84-76—232; Mark Danelon, 77-81-74—232. THIRD: Mickey Baldwin, 79-81-77—237; Mark Lipsmeyer, 76-84-78—238; Doug Miller, 84-76-79—239; Jack Stone, 82-82-75—239. FOURTH: Joe Masciale, 88-89-76—253; Peter Kouten, 87-80-86—253; Michael Wiggins, 79-89-88—256. FIFTH: Roger Burris Jr., 90-91-89—270; Richard Gress, 92-94-85—271; Robert Nichols, 92-90-91—273.
SUPER SENIORS (60-69)
CHAMPIONSHIP: Robert Fisk, 72-72-73—217; Billy Wise, 74-71-74—219; Nick Avery, 70-71-78—219; Ellis Greene, 73-74-77—224; Mo York, 75-73-77—225; Dick Greene, 74-75-78—227; John Weeks, 74-77-76—227; Bob Bacon, 79-71-78—228; Scott Schwarz, 79-74-78—231.
SECOND: Buddy Beard, 76-78-76—230; Barney Henderson, 78-76-77—231; Bubber Ulmer, 76-81-75—232. THIRD: Bob Stall, 82-85-78—245; Bobby Anderson, 83-85-79—247; John Mingo, 81-85-85—251; Joseph Losek, 84-84-83—251. FOURTH: Roger Burris, 88-90-83—261; John Van Patton, 91-88-83—262; Mike Walker, 94-92-92—277.
SUPER SUPER SENIORS (70-older)
CHAMPIONSHIP: Dean Howard, 71-71-71—213; Charles Relyea, 71-74-72—217; Hank Pinckney, 76-78-66—220; Jerry Weiss, 76-77-81—234; Frank Loftin, 77-81-83—241; Billy Ray Graybeal, 77-76-89—242; Jack DeStefano, 80-83-79—242; George Davis, 78-83-82—243; Richard Rieger, 78-81-85—244; Lowell McGauhey, 81-82-82—245; Elijah Funnie, 85-85-93—263; Roger Schroeder, 91-95-84—270.
Reach Tommy Braswell at 937-5591.