Frank Bensel of Jupiter overcame a day of erratic ball-striking Friday to score a three-stroke victory in the second event of the 34th annual PGA Tournament Series.
A final round of 1-over-par 73 for 136 at PGA Country Club was made less stressful since Bensel started the final round with a seven-stroke advantage over the field of PGA professionals from around the country after opening with 63 Thursday.
"I didn’t hit the ball well but I was able to keep it together and made a few putts," said Bensel, 42, an assistant professional at
Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. "It was a tough day but any time you putt well, you’ve got a chance."
Bensel birdied three of the four par-5 holes, Nos. 1, 11 and 18, bogeyed the eighth and 13th holes and made double bogey at the fifth after hitting his tee shot out of bounds. He earned $2,625 from the $13,000 purse.
It was Bensel’s third victory of the year following the Westchester PGA in the spring and the PGA Assistants’ Championship at the nearby PGA Golf Club last month. He now has eight Tournament Series titles.
Tied for second at 139 among 52 starters were Floridians Ken Martin of Wellington and Rod Perry of Port Orange, each with 68 the final round. Martin made four birdies, Perry five birdies and a bogey. Each received $1,507.50.
Final Event No. 2 Standings:
PGA Tournament Series
PGA CC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
6,839 yards, par 72
Frank Bensel, Jupiter, $2,625 63-73—136
Ken Martin, Wellington, $1,507.50 71-68—139
Rodney Perry, Port Orange, $1,507.50 71-68—139
Danny Balin, Rockville, Md., $823.33 74-67—141
Rick Schuler, Chester, Va., $823.33 72-69—141
Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minn., $823.33 72-69—141
Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y., $620 73-70—143
Chris Krueger, Rehoboth Beach, Del., $620 71-72—143
Brian Cairns, Bloomfield, Mich., $620 70-73—143
Travis Johns, Oswego, Ill., $502.50 73-72—145
Bill Murchison, Canton, Ga., $502.50 73-72—145
Scott Ford, Palm Beach Gardens, $405 78-68—146
Simon McGreal, Greensboro, N.C., $405 76-70—146
Mark Brown, Glen Head, N.Y., $405 75-71—146
Chris Borgen, Eagam, Minn., $405 73-73—146
Jeff Ritchey, Westlake, Ohio, $405 73-73—146