NAPLES (June 27, 2019) – Justin Ahasic left Bonita Bay Club with a course record and a trophy.
Ahasic, owner of Synergy Golf in Naples, coasted to a five-shot victory in the E-Z-GO South Florida Open. His final-round 73 Thursday was workmanlike – he started with 13 pars and finished at 16-under 200.
Ahasic took control of the tournament with a course-record 61 on the Sabal Course in Wednesday’s second round. He had 11 birdies and no bogeys for his lowest career score by two shots. That gave Ahasic an eight-shot lead entering the final round.
“I’ve never had a lead close to eight shots before,” said Ahasic, who played collegiately at Santa Clara University. “It was difficult. It’s one of those things where you don’t want to blow it because it would be embarrassing. It was very stressful.”
Ahasic was 1-over through 11 holes of the first round, but shot a back-nine 29 for a 66. He had consecutive nine-hole scores of 29, 30 and 31.
He didn’t do much Thursday. Then again, he didn’t have to.
“I knew if I made 18 pars, I was going to win,” the 38-year-old Ahasic said. “I just played a little too conservative today.”
Amateur Scott Turner of Palm City, who runs the Minor League Golf Tour, was second at 11-under 205 after a 70. Kenny Leech (68) of Don Law Academy and Adam Miller (71) of Kingsway Country Club tied for third at 207.
Jerry Tucker of Stuart won the Senior Division at 8-under 136 with rounds of 66 and 70. Tucker, who runs Jerry Tucker Golf, beat Jan Urso, the PGA Assistant Professional at Inverrary Country Club by two shots. Mike San Filippo of Hobe Sound and Brian Peaper of Lost Tree tied for third at 5-under.
“Still playing after all these years,” Tucker, who recently turned 70, said, referring to the Paul Simon song.
The E-Z-GO South Florida Open, presented by TechnoGym and supported by Antigua, JaniKing, Precise, Tagmarshal, Winners Award Group and TurfHound, is one of the South Florida PGA’s major championships and features the top PGA professionals and amateurs in South Florida.
For complete results, go to https://sflpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/sflpga19/event/sflpga1952/contest/29/leaderboard.htm.