Erskine and Schneiter win PGA Sr. Stroke Play Championship titles

Steve Schneiter and Randy Erskine
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Steve Schneiter (l) closed with a 70 on Thursday to win the 50-59 division, while Randy Erskine finished with a 64 to seal his 60+ division crown.
By
Craig Dolch
The PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 5:59 p.m.
 
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Randy Erskine made so many birdies Thursday he couldn’t even remember them all.
 
That happens when you birdie half the holes.
 
“I don’t remember doing that in a long time,” said Erskine, a PGA Professional from Lake Orion, Mich., who shot 64 for an eye-popping 22-under to win the 60-90 division of the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship by four shots over Mike San Filippo at PGA Golf Club.
 
Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah made two clutch closing pars for a 70 to win the 50-59 division at 16-under 200, edging Walt Chapman by a shot. Schneiter had a three-shot lead with three holes left, but the gap was cut to one when he bogeyed the par-5 16th and Chapman birdied.
 
“I just played solid, hitting a bunch of greens. The putts didn’t go in today like they had the last two days,” said Schneiter, who has qualified for 12 PGA Championships. “It always feels good to win these PGA tournaments. I wasn’t expecting a lot, considering I was (snow) skiing two weeks ago.”
 
The quality of play this week was off the charts. Consider this: San Filippo shot three consecutive 66s, and it wasn’t really close.
 
“The best man won today,” said San Filippo, a Hobe Sound resident who won his age group in last week’s PGA Quarter Century Championship. “I would have taken a 66 before today’s round. I could have shot three 65s and I wouldn’t have won.”
 
Erskine, who played the PGA Tour in the mid-1970s, averaged eight birdies a round. It took him a moment afterward to realize he had reached 22-under.
 
“Everything just seemed to fall into place the last three days,” Erskine said. “My putting was phenomenal to shoot these scores.”
 
Meantime, Chapman came within a violent lipout for birdie at the 17th hole, or he would have forced a playoff with Schneiter.
 
“I hit it perfect; I was walking to get it out of the hole,” Chapman said. “But I’m really tickled with the way I played.”
 
J.C. Anderson shot 67 to finish third. Rick Lewallen (69) and David Carich (70) tied for fourth.
 
In the 60 and over, James Mason shot 68 to finish third.
 
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Thursday’s final-round scores from the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (ages 50-59) on the par-72 Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.: 
 
Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah    66-64-70–200
Walt Chapman, Knoxville, Tenn.    63-68-70–201
JC Anderson, O Fallon, Mo.    69-68-67–204
Rick Lewallen, Kannapolis, N.C.    69-68-69–206
David Carich, Noblesville, Ind.    65-71-70–206
Mitchell Camp, Aurora, Ohio    72-70-66–208
Kirk Stauffer, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    71-70-67–208
Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill.    66-74-68–208
Rick Morton, Jacksonville, N.C.    70-70-68–208
Gene Fieger, Naples, Fla.    72-67-69–208
Mark Mielke, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    66-72-70–208
Ed Kirby, Wakefield, R.I.    71-71-68–210
Rick Schuller, Chester, Va.    70-70-70–210
David Quinn, Marlton, N.J.    69-70-71–210
Craig Thomas, White Plains, N.Y.    68-70-72–210
Craig Stevens, Dallas, Ga.    72-70-69–211
Robert Thompson, Huntsville, Texas    71-70-70–211
Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga.    72-73-67–212
Brian Fogt, Wildwood, Mo.    69-74-70–213
Brian Cairns, Walled Lake, Mich.    72-68-73–213
Dirk Schultz, Hagerstown, Md.    72-67-74–213
Bill Andrews, Greenland, N.H.    70-74-70–214
Bruce Zabriski, Jupiter, Fla.    69-76-69–214
Kirk Hanefeld, Acton, Mass.    70-75-69–214
Gus Ulrich, Whispering Pines, N.C.    71-75-68–214
Rod Nuckolls, Overland Park, Kan.    72-69-73–214
Tom Atchison, Silver Lake, Ohio    71-73-71–215
Michael Tucker, Saint Louis, Mo.    70-71-74–215
Jon Hoecker, Rochester, N.Y.    72-73-71–216
Mike Diffley, Pelham, N.Y.    69-74-73–216
Rob Sedorcek, Ballwin, Mo.    71-71-74–216
Nash Haxel, Saint Louis, Mo.    70-76-71–217
Steve Barber, Victor, N.Y.    71-69-77–217
Bob Lennon, Wilmington, Del.    73-73-71–217
Mark Anderson, St. Simons Island, Ga.    82-67-69–218
Tim Krapfel, Centerville, Ohio    74-70-74–218
Bob Darling, Port St Lucie, Fla.    76-69-73–218
Kevin Savage, Baldwinsville, N.Y.    76-70-72–218
Brad Rollinson, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.    75-71-72–218
Paul Hollenbaugh, New Albany, Ohio    74-73-71–218
Mike Martin, New Haven, Conn.    70-74-75–219
Cary Hungate, Kokomo, Ind.    71-73-75–219
Chip Sullivan, Pearl, Miss.    76-71-72–219
Charlie Bolling, Glen Cove, N.Y.    76-71-72–219
Denny Dolci, Jupiter, Fla.    77-73-70–220
Rick Bronson, Mexico, N.Y.    74-74-72–220
Bill Breen, Nashville, Tenn.    71-77-72–220
Richard von Tacky, Titusville, Pa.    72-71-77–220
Doug Bauman, North Barrington, Ill.    72-73-75–220
Chris Dachisen, Warren, N.J.    71-75-74–220
Quinn Griffing, Fort Wayne, Ind.    74-72-74–220
Tim Fleming, Oklahoma City, Okla.    72-75-73–220
Kevin Healy, Sugar Grove, Ill.    78-69-73–220
Dave Laudien, Wall, N.J.    75-72-73–220
Kevin Muir, Birmingham, Mich.    73-71-77–221
Brad Peck, Madison, Wis.    76-70-75–221
Stuart Blasius, Midland Park, N.J.    75-74-73–222
Randy Wylie, Knoxville, Tenn.    73-73-76–222
Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio    72-69-81–222
Cory George, Lancaster, Ohio    74-75-74–223
Jeff Howerton, Evansville, Ind.    75-73-75–223
James Kane, Edmond, Okla.    75-73-75–223
Robert Meheran, Tampa, Fla.    75-73-75–223
Jack Druga, Southampton, N.Y.    75-71-77–223
Chip Johnson, Hingham, Mass.    74-76-74–224
Kammy Maxfeldt, Westport, Conn.    69-75-80–224
Bernie Hough, West Newton, Pa.    76-75-74–225
Bob Stephens, Springboro, Ohio    83-74-68–225
David Levine, O Fallon, Mo.    74-75-76–225
John Reeves, Bedford, N.Y.    76-73-76–225
Peter Serafimoff, New Smyrna beach, Fla.    73-73-79–225
Gerry James, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.    76-76-74–226
Peter Procops, Lawrence, N.Y.    75-76-75–226
John Paesani, Stuart, Fla.    74-74-78–226
Bret James, Cave Creek, Ariz.    73-75-79–227
Jim Boyle, Cadillac, Mich.    73-78-77–228
Chris Black, Lancaster, Ohio    74-78-77–229
Edward Humenik, Palm City, Fla.    74-77-78–229
Andy Santor, Boardman, Ohio    80-80-70–230
Tim Angis, Old Orchard Beach, Maine    76-75-80–231
David Ranney, Lamoni, Iowa    78-73-80–231
Bobby Cooke, Louisville, Ky.    77-76-79–232
Jim Smoot, Huntington, N.Y.    78-78-76–232
Steve Bosdosh, Clarksburg, Md.    75-79-78–232
Michael Lanzetta, Hightstown, N.J.    79-74-80–233
Jeb Boyle, State College, Pa.    77-79-77–233
Ray Sowers, Vero Beach, Fla.    84-78-71–233
John Kerins, Hermitage, Pa.    80-77-78–235
Scott Jenkins, Erie, Pa.    82-77-77–236
Bret Watzka, Pearl River, N.Y.    81-84-73–238
Mark Thomas, Miami, Fla.    82-78-79–239
Jeff Tucker, Oklahoma City, Okla.    81-81-79–241
Garrett Murphy, Old Greenwich, Conn.    84-82-75–241
Joe Potty, Medfield, Mass.    84-81-78–243
John Dalrymple, Stoughton, Mass.    84-80-82–246
Sam Bradberry, Geneva, Ill.    83-80-86–249
Tim VandenBerg, Battle Creek, Mich.    85-84-80–249
Vince Molesky, Newport, N.H.    80-86-85–251
 
Thursday’s final-round scores from the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (ages 60-90) on the par-72 Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.: 
 
Randy Erskine, Lake Orion, Mich.    64-66-64–194
Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla.    66-66-66–198
James Mason, Dillard, Ga.    66-68-68–202
Jim Sheerin, Rye Beach, N.H.    67-71-66–204
Bob Ackerman, W. Bloomfield, Mich.    69-68-67–204
Jerry Impellittiere, Palm City, Fla.    71-69-65–205
Peter Oakley, Palm City, Fla.    70-67-68–205
Ed Sabo, Pinehurst, N.C.    67-70-68–205
Dan Wood, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    70-71-65–206
Chuck Milne, Vancouver, Wash.    70-67-69–206
Lon Nielsen, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    71-68-68–207
Bill Schumaker, Columbia City, Ind.    66-70-71–207
Rick Pohle, Hatfield, Pa.    67-75-67–209
Bob Meyer, McMurray, Pa.    70-70-69–209
Bob Dickson, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.    69-72-69–210
Reed Hughes, Senatobia, Miss.    70-70-70–210
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla.    69-71-70–210
Stephen Stull, Richland, Wash.    71-70-70–211
Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla.    73-71-68–212
Bob Bilbo, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    72-73-68–213
Freddy Gibson, Orlando, Fla.    73-70-70–213
David Glenz, Hamburg, N.J.    72-71-70–213
Ken Krieger, Cheyenne, Wyo.    69-76-68–213
Lynn Janson, Hastings, Mich.    75-70-68–213
Bobby Heins, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    70-72-71–213
Marion Heck, Fort Myers, Fla.    72-72-70–214
Gary Baker, Pepper Pike, Ohio    70-74-70–214
Donald Padgett, Pinehurst, N.C.    72-73-69–214
Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa.    73-72-69–214
Mike Harrigan, Chicago, Ill.    72-74-68–214
Kevin Morris, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    72-72-71–215
Dave Kendall, Saline, Mich.    71-73-71–215
Don Brigham, Port St Lucie, Fla.    70-73-72–215
Steve Benson, Palm City, Fla.    68-75-72–215
Brian Lowe, Windham, N.Y.    71-72-72–215
Denny Ford, Indianapolis, Ind.    70-72-73–215
Mal Galletta, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    72-75-68–215
Wendell Coffee, Peachtree City, Ga.    72-71-73–216
Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio    72-71-74–217
Michael Turnesa, Rockville Centre, N.Y.    69-76-73–218
Gary Baker, Naples, Fla.    70-75-73–218
Gary Anderson, Hampton, Va.    75-76-68–219
Gary Ostrega, Westfield, N.J.    71-73-75–219
Jim Holmes, Northbrook, Ill.    71-73-75–219
Herb Moreland, Schenectady, N.Y.    72-73-74–219
Bill Erfurth, Northbrook, Ill.    72-74-73–219
Michael Zaremba, Pueblo West, Colo.    72-76-71–219
Jay Horton, Chestertown, Md.    78-74-68–220
Butch Butler, Lusby, Md.    73-77-70–220
Lynn Rosely, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    72-75-73–220
Jack Seltzer, Linden, Mich.    72-75-73–220
Steve Wells, Dowagiac, Mich.    76-72-72–220
Mike Lawrence, Anderson, S.C.    72-80-69–221
Bruce Martins, Cortland, N.Y.    75-75-71–221
Mike Caporale, Manhasset, N.Y.    74-71-76–221
Fred Harkness, Jupiter, Fla.    75-72-74–221
Roger Kennedy, Stuart, Fla.    72-75-74–221
Bob Placido, Indianapolis, Ind.    76-73-72–221
Nick Manolios, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    74-75-72–221
Pat Delaney, Springfield, Ohio    76-77-69–222
Carl Pedersen, Gulf Breeze, Fla.    75-75-72–222
Bob Zimmerman, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    73-74-76–223
Jerry Swain, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    73-79-72–224
Steve Heckel, Carterville, Ill.    76-75-73–224
Jim Logue, Port St Lucie, Fla.    72-78-74–224
Jimmy Williams, Christiansburg, Va.    71-73-80–224
Tom Cann, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    78-75-73–226
Ken Corliss, Columbus, Ohio    72-79-75–226
Tom Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn.    74-76-77–227
Tom Fortuna, W. Bloomfield, Mich.    76-78-74–228
Bill Moser, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    75-78-75–228
Buddy Goodwin, Elyria, Ohio    78-74-76–228
Kevin Wilczewski, Lexington, Mass.    74-78-76–228
Curt McCormick, Crewe, Va.    72-80-76–228
Earl Puckett, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    77-77-75–229
Earl Svenningsen, Sedona, Ariz.    75-76-78–229
Gary Groh, Highland Park, Ill.    80-76-74–230
Randy Hunt, Portland, Ind.    74-82-74–230
Lloyd Monroe, Spring Lake, N.J.    79-77-75–231
Gregory Hurd, Manhasset, N.Y.    76-76-79–231
Bill Miller, Fort Wayne, Ind.    77-77-78–232
John Long, Henderson, Nev.    81-79-72–232
Patrick Fitzsimons, Wilsonville, Ore.    77-75-80–232
Charlie Moore, New London, Conn.    77-81-75–233
Mike Hall, Cedar Rapids, Iowa    78-75-80–233
Gary Benoit, Palm City, Fla.    79-76-79–234
Art Proctor, Edmond, Okla.    81-79-74–234
Kim Gianatsis, Hammond, La.    77-85-72–234
Jim Buchanan, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    76-78-81–235
Tom Joyce, Huntington, N.Y.    78-82-75–235
Robert Moreland, Ottumwa, Iowa    78-78-80–236
Stephen Lundquist, East Kingston, N.H.    79-76-81–236
Matthew Kleiner, Callicoon, N.Y.    81-79-78–238
Frederick Gipp, Yaphank, N.Y.    83-77-78–238
Gary Lockie, Fort Pierce, Fla.    75-87-77–239
Bob Joyce, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    81-84-74–239
Larry Mancour, Conway, Mich.    79-85-76–240
John Rainieri, Uniontown, Ohio    83-80-77–240
Doug Main, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    79-85-77–241
Gregg Baker, Yarmouth, Maine    80-76-86–242
Denny Lyons, Fort Pierce, Fla.    82-84-79–245
Sonny Rhodes, Austin, Texas    88-78-80–246
Ray Goddard, Terre Haute, Ind.    81-87-80–248
John Scheffler, Brewster, Mass.    89-84-85–258
Mike Joyce, Amelia Island, Fla.    83-91-85–259
Pat Kenny, Landrum, S.C.    88-87-86–261