Two former winners, Jerry Tucker of nearby Stuart, Fla., and Jim Logue of Canton, Ohio, rose to the top last week to again capture the 57th annual PGA Quarter Century Championship presented by Premier Golf and United Rentals at PGA Golf Club.
Despite making a double bogey on his 36th hole, Tucker, 61, was the overall low scorer on the Wanamaker Course for age groups 49-younger through 60-64, with a 69-71-140 performance to win by three strokes. He won the same title in 2006.
On the adjacent Ryder Course, Logue, 70, was low among players 65 and older for the fourth time in five years, scoring 69-70-139. He also won overall honors for the six oldest age groups in 2007, '08 and '09.
There were 156 starters in the tournament for professionals who have been members of The PGA of America for at least 25 years. Setting the pace for the eight who are Half Century members were Bob Ross of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 75-79 age group; and Tom Talkington of Port St. Lucie, 85-89 age group. Each had a pair of 78s for 156.
Tucker and Logue received $1,500 apiece. The balance of the $42,000 purse was distributed among 10 age groups.
"I wasn't sure where I stood but I knew I was playing pretty well, at 6-under-par," Tucker said while trying to explain his shaky finish. "I thought if the only way I could lose was to hit the ball into the water at 18, I would play as far left as I could."
As a result, Tucker hit a 9-wood second shot into a swale short and left of the green, his third was short and he eventually two-putted for six. "I should have laid up," Tucker added. "But I played well for two days and I'm pleased with the win." Tucker made five birdies each day and hit 14 greens in regulation Friday, 13 on Saturday.
Tucker is a PGA teaching professional at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., and co-founder of the Stuart-based Treasure Coast Senior Tour.
Mike San Filippo of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Bobby Heins of Purchase, N.Y., tied for second at 143 and shared the 55-59 age group title.
Logue, pro-emeritus at Brookside Country Club after serving as PGA head professional for 35 years, edged first-round leader George Glenn of Tulsa, Okla., and Dewitt Weaver of Braselton, Ga., who tied at 140 on final round scores of 74 and 71.
"How does everybody stand," Logue recalled Weaver asking after holing out on 18. "He said he was 4 under. I made my putt (for 5-under) and then Glenn missed," to three-putt the final green.
Logue made but two birdies but hit significant par-saving shots at the par-3 16th from behind the green and at the par-4 18th with a run-up from left of the green to about six feet.
The PGA of America's Winter Championships presented by Premier Golf and United Rentals continue with the 27th annual Senior Stroke Play Championship, Jan. 11-13. PGA Village Verano, Golf Pride and the PGA Golf Club are supporting sponsors.
The overall and age-division leaders:
PGA Quarter Century Championship
Presented by Premier Golf & United Rentals
Wanamaker Course (par-72, 6,558 yards)
Overall – Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla. 69-71—140
49-under – Peter Procops, Lawrence, N.Y., 79-74—153
50-54 – Chris Dachisen, Wayne, N.J., 72-72—144; Frank McAuliffe, Ann Arbor, Mich., 71-73—144
55-59 – Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla. 71-72—143; Bobby Heins, Purchase, N.Y., 70-73—143
60-64 – Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla. 69-71—140
Ryder Course (par-72, 6,095 yards)
Overall – Jim Logue, Canton, Ohio, 69-70—139
65-69 – George Glenn, Tulsa, Okla., 66-74—140
70-74 – Jim Logue, Canton, Ohio, 69-70—139
75-79 – Al Kelley, Eustis, Fla. 71-75—146
80-84 – Bill Erfurth, Northbrook, Ill., 81-79—160
Ryder Course (par-72, 4,999 yards)
85-89 – Tom Talkington, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 78-78—156
90-older – Jack Wilkins, Chapel Hill, N.C., 101-94—195