Naples, Fla. – Joe Kern, PGA is the 2020 Naples Beach Club Senior Open Champion. The Naples Beach Club Senior Open, supported by The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, kicked off on Thursday, Oct. 8 and concluded Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Naples Beach Club.
More than 100 senior golfers from South Florida, consisting of both PGA Professionals and amateurs, competed in the 54-hole stroke play event.
Kern, Director of Instruction at The Moorings at Hawks Nest Golf Club, carded 16 birdies during the tournament to go 11-under-par. Kern’s victory began with an opening 68 and a second-day 67. Another 67 today in the final round helped Kern edge out Steven Vecellio, PGA Director of Instruction at Frenchman’s Reserve (66-70-68, 204). Tim Carpenter was the low amateur with a three-day total of 219.
Gene Fieger, PGA of Club Pelican Bay carded low individual honors in the 60-69 Division, Gary Baker, PGA won the 70-74 Division and John Mayer took home the 75+ Division.
Fieger shot a three-under 68 in the final round to edge out Tim Miller, PGA General Manager at Vanderbilt Country Club and Ben Sauls by four strokes. Baker led the 70-74 Division title after carding two rounds under par for a three-day total 211.
This year marks the final event at the Naples Beach Club. The Naples Beach Club Senior Open was one of several tournaments the South Florida PGA administered each year for PGA Professionals and golfers alike and was open to PGA Professionals aged 50 and over.
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About the South Florida PGA
The South Florida Section of the PGA of America is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards or practice; and enhance the well-being of golf professionals.
Approximately 1,830 members and apprentices are employed at over 475 facilities in the South Florida region, currently ranking South Florida Section the second largest Section of PGA Professionals amongst all 41 PGA Sections in the United States.
Back in 1979, the growth and golf population boom in the state of Florida caused what was once known as just the Florida Section to divide geographically into two Sections, now known as the North Florida and the South Florida PGA Sections. Geographically, the South Florida PGA extends as far North as Vero Beach on the east coast, to Punta Gorda on the west coast, south through the Florida Keys, in addition to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The South Florida Section PGA is further divided into four distinct Chapters, including the Southern, Southeast, Southwest and Island Chapters.