Jack Weinerth shot a 3-under-par 68 in the final round to win the 39th annual Apogee Investment Management Senior Championship on Aug. 6.
Weinerth rallied from a three-shot deficit after the first round which was held at Radisson Greens on Aug. 5. Weinerth, 58, was comfortable playing on his home course at Highland Park Golf Club. He was 3-under at the turn then finished with one bogey against one birdie on 15.
Weinerth’s birdie on the par-4 375-yard 15th hole was key because it maintained a two-stroke lead over defending champion Mike Naton (Tuscarora GC).
Naton, playing in the last group, had his opportunities to catch Weinerth on the back nine. But he went bogey, par, par, bogey on his last four holes and settled for second place. Naton, 58, was going for his fourth straight title.
First-round medalist Tim Scheemaker, playing in his first AIM Senior event, shot a 1-under-par 71 and was the only player to shoot under par at Radisson. Scheemaker (Beaver Meadows GC) struggled to stay in contention with 10 bogeys against three birdies in the final round at Highland Park.
Scheemaker finished with a 7-over 78 for a 149 two-day total, good enough for fourth place with Todd Dischinger (76-73—149).
Ray Young, who lost to Weinerth at the Cayuga County Men’s District Golf Tournament on Aug. 4, finished third (73-74—147).
The AIM Senior Tournament also awarded trophies in five age divisions. Those winners were:
75-over: (tie) Perry Noun, Robert Mitchell; 70-74: Joe Oddo; 65-69: Don VanGorder; 60-64: Randy Young; and 55-59: Mike Naton