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47th Florida Senior Open Championship

Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club - Miromar Lakes

April 29 - May 1

Schuster Soars to Victory at Florida Senior Open


MIROMAR LAKES, Fla.- The 47th Florida Senior Open was nothing short of exciting, and at the end of the three rounds it was David Schuster who overcame a two shot deficit to capture the victory and raise the well-deserved trophy. Schuster fired a seven-under par, 29 on his final nine holes to finish with a tournament total of 11-under par, and outlast the field by four strokes. Schuster takes home a $12,000 check along with his victory.

Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club played host to this championship. The course features generous fairways, with difficult greens, and lush grass. Steve Vicellio stated, “The approach shots are key to getting around Miromar Lakes, the greens are really hard and it’s hard to get it up and down if you miss it in the wrong place because they are all elevated.”

In addition, Garrett Willis explained, “Just put it in play. This golf course is gettable because the greens are so good and the fairway complex is amazing, hitting off this turf allows you to really control your ball, and pinch the ball, control the spin, and trajectory.”

Indeed, the course set up perfectly for an exciting event. The leaderboard remained tight throughout the three days. Skip Kendall fired the low first round posting a seven-under, 65. He dropped six birdies on the back nine to post a 30 and hold the lead by one stroke over David Hronek.

When asked about his first round Kendall said, “I struck it really nicely and didn’t really miss any greens. I hit it a little closer to the hole on the back nine and took advantage of the opportunities that I had.”

Kendall finished the second round where he started, in first place. However, he would share his lead with Garrett Willis who fired a second round, 68 to move four places up the leaderboard. Hronek would still sit only one shot behind Willis and Kendall heading into the third and final round of the event. The lead pairing would be set for the final round comprising of Willis, Kendall, and Hronek. All eyes would be on the three contenders as the battle commenced for the trophy.

However, it would be the players that sat further down the leaderboard that began to make a charge in an ever changing leaderboard. First, Mark Mielke, who would start the day at four-under par, tied-for-fifth, birdied three out of his first five holes to get to seven-under-par and in a tie with Kendall. After making yet another birdie, Mielke would take a two shot lead over Kendall. Furthermore, playing in the same group as Mielke, Jeff Williams would insert himself into the picture rolling in a 14-foot birdie putt on the seventh hole to get to six-under for the championship and in a tie with Kendall and Willis, still only two shots back of Mielke. In addition, Brad Adamonis moved into a tie-for-second place after taking advantage of the two par-5’s on the front nine. Adamonis carded an eagle and a birdie on the respective holes to move to six-under-par overall. The leaderboard would remain unpredictable through the first nine holes as each player fought for the lead and attempted to make a run.

Yet, everything changed on the final nine of the event. With the lead groups making their way through the back nine, an untimely double bogey from Mielke would drop him to six-under-par, while a birdie from Kendall would vault him back into the lead at seven-under-par. The players kept trading off leads while bogeys and birdies happened almost simultaneously, it seemed as though a breakout performance was needed in order to win this championship outright.

At last, a break out performance is exactly what unfolded on the final nine holes. David Schuster, who would start the day at five-under-par, solo fourth place, made the turn at one-over-par and only four-under as a tournament total. Something sparked within him as he made a birdie on the eleventh hole, only to follow that with two more birdies on the twelfth and thirteenth holes. He then extended his run with consecutive eagles on the fifteenth and sixteenth holes, followed by a birdie on seventeen. His lone blemish of the nine came on the last hole of the day where he bogeyed after failing to get up and down from just off the back of the green, yet he still fired a seven-under-par, 29 to post a final round score of 66. Schuster outlasted his competition by four strokes.

Schuster said, “It feels fantastic to win. It was a great day.” He further explained, “No change in mindset on the back nine. Just got my game going and was able to make three birdies in a row and then two eagles and a birdie.”

Joe Alfieri and Chad Ibbotson tied for low-amateur honors each with a tournament total of two-under par. Bob Mathers secured third place with a tournament total of two-over par.

Round 1 Recap     Round 2 Recap

Tee Information


Yardage / Info

Senior Open

6,632 yds. 71.8/128

Par: 72

Weather Information




Heavy Breeze, Cool Morning, Hot Mid-Day

88 °F

Tournament Results

(a) = Amateur
PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 TotalTotal Score Points
1 David Schuster 68 71 66 205 0
T2 David Hronek 66 72 71 209 0
T2 Skip Kendall 65 72 72 209 0
T4 John Nieporte 67 75 68 210 0
T4 Mark Mielke 71 69 70 210 0
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$65,000 Estimated Total Purse

Florida Residency Residency Requirement

Open to Amateur & Professionals over age 50

Tournament Summary

Format54 holes of individual gross stroke play

Eligibility: Florida resident, Male Professional or Amateur at least 50 years of age

Handicap:   Florida GHIN 10.0 or less (Amateurs)

Entry Fee:  Qualifying: Professional - $150 |  Amateur - $115
                      Exempt: Professional - $400 | Amateur - $300

Qualifying: 6 local qualifying sites

Championship Format

  • 54 holes of individual gross stroke play
  • The field is cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes
  • The lowest score for 54 holes is the champion

If necessary, there will be a hole-by-hole "sudden death" play-off for the Championship - it is the player's responsibility to be present for any playoff


  • Florida Resident
  • At least 50 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • Male amateur and professional golfers
  • Professionals
    • Must have a SSN, EIN, ITIN for tax reporting purposes. This will need to be confirmed before the entry deadline, or they will be in-eligible to participate.
    • Must have valid Florida Mailing address. As of the entry deadline & Championship proper, must have ownership OR be actively leasing a Florida residence.
  • Amateurs
    • A valid Florida GHIN not exceeding 10.0 at time of entry
  • PGA class A-3 members are ineligible
  • Playing Activity - Players that have played in more than 8 select professional tour events are ineligible

Entry Fee

Qualifying Fee -

Amateur $115 

Professional $150

Championship Fee -

Amateur $250 

Professional $320

Exempt Fee -

Amateur $300

 Professional $400

Late Fee - $20

  • Qualifying Fee: Qualifying Fee includes entry fee and cart fee
  • Championship Fee: Fee paid by those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying. Includes tee gifts and gift certificates, course and cart fees, and range balls
  • Exempt Fee: Exempt Fee includes Championship Fee and Entry Fee for those individuals eligible for exemption
  • Late entries will be subject to a $20 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the qualifying field

Professional Prize Purse

  • $65,000 Professional Purse - Click here to see estimated payouts
  • Winner's Check - $12,000
  • Top 20 professionals - $1,000 minimum

Schedule of Events

  • Monday, April 29th
    • 7:45 AM - 9:32 AM - Round one tee times off #1 and #10
    • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Complimentary Players' Lunch Buffet for before or after play
    • 12:15 PM - 2:03 PM - Round one tee times off #1 and #10
  • Tuesday, April 30th
    • 7:45 AM - 9:32 AM - Round two tee times off #1 and #10
    • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Complimentary Players' Lunch Buffet for before or after play
    • 12:15 PM - 2:03 PM - Round two tee times off #1 and #10
    • After 36 holes are complete, the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties
  • Wednesday, May 1st
    • 7:45 AM - 9:32 AM - Final round tee times off #1 and #10
    • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Complimentary Players' Lunch Buffet
    • Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play

Local Qualifying

  • 18 holes of stroke play at  6 qualifying sites qualifying sites
  • Cart fees are included in your qualifying fee
  • The number of qualifying spots will be posted at the host site and will be proportionate to other qualifying sites based on the size of the field
  • Ties for the last qualifying spot will also qualify (there are no playoffs)
  • Alternates will be determined by ordering the players that just missed qualifying, and ties for alternate spots will be broken by the USGA suggested method (last 9, last 6, last 3, etc.)

Championship Practice Rounds

  • Practice rounds are available one week prior to the championship on a space available basis and after 12:00 PM on the weekend prior
  • Practice rounds for the weekend prior can be scheduled after 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 27 and after 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 28
  • The cost of the practice round is $50 plus tax. To book your practice round call the golf shop at (239) 482-7644 

Championship Information

Championship Policies

Player Information

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Host Site


Host Hotel

Exemptions Earned From This Tournament

  • Winner

    • Next five Florida Senior Open Championships
    • Current year's Florida Open Championship

    Players finishing in the top twenty and tied

    • Next year's Florida Senior Open Championship

    Amateurs finishing in the top thirty and tied

    • Next year's Senior Amateur Championship

    Low Amateur

    • Current year's Mid-Amateur Championship
    • Next year's Florida Senior Open Championship