Tucker, Robison capture titles in the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship presented by Premier Golf and United Rentals

PGA of America


Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 5:19 p.m.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. –- Jerry Tucker of Stuart, Fla., and Gary Robison of Canton, Ohio, were the big winners Jan. 13, at PGA Golf Club, in the 27th PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship presented by Premier Golf and United Rentals.

Tucker, a PGA teaching professional at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla., closed with a 5-under par 67 to edge Fred Gibson of Orlando, Fla., 202 to 203 for overall honors in age groups 60-64 through 90-and-over on the Ryder Course. Gibson birdied the last three holes for his second 65 of the week. It was Tucker's fourth career PGA Winter Championship title.

On the adjacent Wanamaker Course, Robison, PGA head professional at Brookside Country Club, nipped Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., 208 to 209, on final round scores of 71 and 69 to earn overall honors for the 50-54 and 55-59 age groups. They were tied at 9-under par after 17 holes but Skinner, playing in the group ahead of Robison, hit into the water at 18 and made double bogey. Moments later, Robison drove into the edge of a bunker, laid up on his second shot and won with a safe bogey.

Skinner was the PGA's Senior Professional Player of the Year in 2010 after earning Professional Player of the Year honors in 2008. He is the first PGA Professional to win both titles. The Player of the Year award dates back to 1984, the Seniors to 1995.

Tucker and Robison each received a $1,500 bonus. The balance of the $62,000 purse was distributed among the nine age groups. Tucker received an additional $1,700 for the 60-64 flight, Robison another $2,000 for the 55-59 division.

Coincidentally, Tucker was the overall winner on Jan. 8, on the Wanamaker Course in the PGA Quarter Century Club Championship for age groups 49-under through 60-64. He earned $6,200 for the week of Jan. 7-13. Tucker also owns Winter Championship titles with the under-60 Quarter Century in 2006 and the 1999 Match Play.

Tucker is the second player after Larry Mancour of Conway, Mich., to win overall honors in the Quarter Century and Senior Stroke events the same year. Mancour swept honors in 1989 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

"I played about the same in both tournaments," said Tucker, 61, who made 18 birdies and four bogeys in 54 holes. "The courses were a little shorter this week," because of the older players against whom he competed. "I drove it well, putted OK, and didn't make any big mistakes. Yea, I got a little nervous today. It's still a thrill to win."

Robison, 56, had five birdies and four bogeys the final round. "It was cold all afternoon," he said, "and it was hard to get a good feel of things, but I putted well, especially the last two days." It was Robison's first victory in the PGA Winter Championships.

The second of six tournaments, which comprise the PGA Winter Championships, drew 231 starters. The two youngest age groups played the Ryder Course the first and third rounds, the Wanamaker the second. The older flights were on the Wanamaker Tuesday and Thursday, the Ryder on Wednesday. Next on the schedule is the Senior-Junior, Sunday through Wednesday on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses.

Premier Golf and United Rentals are presenting sponsors of the PGA Winter Championships, and with supporting Golf Pride, PGA Village Verano and PGA Golf Club.

PGA of America Winter Championships
27th Senior Stroke Play Championship
PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Wanamaker, 6,558 yards, par-72; Ryder, 6,585 yards, par-72

Overall, 50-54 and 55-59
Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio, $1,500 69-68-71—208

Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga., $2,500 69-71-69—209
Chris Starkjohann, Carlsbad, Calif., $1,950 70-68-72—210
Frank McAuliffe, Ann Arbor, Mich., $1,357.50 67-73-71—211
Ken Martin, Wellington, Fla., $1,357.50 66-72-73—211
Robert Thompson, Huntsville, Texas, $1,000 68-72-72—212
Bob Gaus, St. Louis, Mo., $865 70-73-71—214
Bob Darling, Lewiston, Maine, $865 66-69-79—214
Chris Dachisen, Warren, N.J., $760 73-73-70—216
Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio, $655 73-73-72—218
Denny Dolci, Sharon, Pa., $655 72-73-73—218
Dan Farquhar, Wichita, Kan., $655 70-70-78—218
Louis Bartoletti, Wellington, Fla., $541.25 71-75-73—219
Tony Kelley, Holyoke, Mass., $541.25 71-75-73—219
Robert Linville, Greensboro, N.C., $541.25 71-75-73—219
Rick Lewallen, Kannapolis, N.C., $541.25 71-75-73—219
Gerry James, Ponte Vedra Beach, $431 72-72-76—220
Jack Druga, Southampton, N.Y., $431 74-74-72—220
Quinn Griffing, Fort Wayne, Ind., $431 71-71-78—220
Walter Siemsglusz, Bridgeton, Mo., $431 71-71-78—220
Dennis Winters, Bishopville, Md., $431 70-70-80—220
Edward Humenik, Palm City, Fla., $360 69-76-76—221
Kevin Syring, Demarest, N.J., $360 71-74-76—221
Larry Emery, Carterville, Ill., $360 71-73-77—221
Brian Fogt, St. Louis, Mo., $360 72-73-76—221
Peter Serafimoff, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., $360 73-71-77—221
Mark Kirk, East Aurora, N.Y., $360 71-73-77—221

Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio, $2,000 69-68-71—208
Buddy Harston, Kingston Springs, Tenn., $1,415 72-69-72—213
Mike Lawrence, Easley, S.C., $1,200 72-69-73—214
Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla., $925 72-72-73—217
Rusty Gunnarson, Mattapoisett, Mass., $925 73-68-76—217
Michael Zaremba, Pueblo West, Colo., $740 69-76-73—218
Gordon Johnson, Houston, Texas, $640 76-70-73—219
Mike Hamilton, Simpsonville, S.C., $480 69-77-74—220
Fran Marrello, Plymouth, Conn., $480 72-72-76—220
Bobby Heins, Purchase, N.Y., $480 73-75-72—220
Pat Delaney, Springfield, Ohio, $480 75-74-71—220
Paul Jaycox, Cobleskill, N.Y., $358.75 69-76-77—222
Gary Baker, Pepper Pike, Ohio, $358.75 77-71-74—222
Mike Parrish, Madison, Ala., $358.75 74-74-74—222
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla., $358.75 74-75-73—222

Ryder, 6,080 yards, par-72; Wanamaker, 6,049 yards, par-72
Overall, 60-64 through 80-84

Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla., $1,700 66-69-67—202

Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla., $1,700 66-69-67—202
Freddy Gibson, Orlando, Fla., $1,300 65-73-65—203
Randy Erskine, Lake Orion, Mich., $1,075 69-70-68—207
Greg Farrow, Marlton, N.J., $925 69-70-69—208
John McNaney, Catonsville, Md., $790 69-72-71—212
Mike Smith, Titusville, Fla., $573.34 67-76-70—213
Mike Zinni, North Mankato, Minn., $573.33 70-71-72—213
Ronald Durham, Jackson Hole, Wyo., $573.33 71-72-70—213
Larry Hall, Wayne, N.J., $400 69-77-70—216
Mike Harrigan, Chicago, Ill., $400 72-72-72—216
Jim Sheerin, Rye Beach, N.H., $400 74-73-69—216
Rick Pohle, Williamstown, Mass., $345 71-72-74—217
Paul Ryiz, Shelton, Conn., $345 68-73-76—217

Bob Leaver, Oak Ridge, N.C., $1,600 67-74-75—216
Gary Groh, Highland Park, Ill., $1,125 70-76-71—217
Martin Bohen, Port St. Lucie, Fla., $1,125 72-71-74—217
John Long, Henderson, Nev., $850 71-72-75—218
Michael Turnesa, Rockville Centre, N.Y., $672.50 71-74-74—219
Bob Bilbo, Olney, Md., $672.50 69-75-75—219
Roger Stern, Bethlehem, Pa., $540 77-72-71—220
George Glenn, Tulsa, Okla., $436.67 77-74-71—222
Tom Gorman, Pompey, N.Y., $436.67 77-71-74—222
Roger Kennedy, Stuart, Fla., $436.67 73-76-73—222
Bob Bailey, Stuart, Fla., $352.50 75-73-75—223
Bob Afton, West Palm Beach, Fla., $352.50 73-75-75—223

DeWitt Weaver, Braselton, Ga., $1,326 67-71-69—207
Tom Joyce, Long Island, N.Y., $1,100 73-72-72—217
Lynn Rosely, Port St. Lucie, $825 70-73-77—220
Bob Zimmerman, Port St. Lucie, $825 68-75-77—220
Bob Joyce, Southampton, N.Y., $533.34 74-72-75—221
Jim Logue, Canton, Ohio, $533.33 74-73-74—221
Michael Joyce, Amelia Island, Fla., $533.33 69-74-78—221
Jay Dolan, Haines City, Fla., $362.50 73-78-72—223
Bob Thatcher, Pinehurst, N.C., $362.50 69-76-78—223

Al Kelley, Eustis, Fla., $1,200 77-75-76—228
Hal McComas, Dallas, TexaS, $800 73-77-79—229
Jim King, Palm Beach, $525 77-76-79—232
Larry Mancour, Conway, Mich., $387.50 76-80-78—234
Earl Puckett, Palm Beach Gardens, $387.50 76-76-82—234

Bill Erfurth, Northbrook, Ill., $500 71-77-75—223
Ryder, 5,000 yards, par 72; Wanamaker, 4,941 yards, par 72

Tom Talkington, Port St. Lucie, Fla., $250 75-78-81—234

Jack Wilkins, Chapel Hill, N.C., $250 92-95-94—281