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Former U.S. Amateur golf champ delivers big blows at $10,000 Timacuan Scramble

Winning foursome at $10,000 Timacuan Scramble
Mike Jamison

There was plenty of excitement generated during the 6th Annual $10,000 Timacuan Scramble Monday in Lake Mary – an ace on 13, a double-eagle on 15 and a shot on 16 that came within inches of being a $100,000 hole in one.

But in the end, the biggest shots at Timacuan Golf Club were fired by a former U.S. Amateur champion on his team’s final hole. Bubba Dickerson, a Web.Com player who won the 2001 U.S. Amateur, hit a driver and four iron to within 20 feet on the par five 3rd hole, then sank the putt for an eagle, capping an 18-under-par total of 54 for his team, which had started the day on No. 4.

That proved good enough to win the team title by one shot, earning $2,500 each for Dickerson, Spence Fulford, Chad Chancey and Mark Side.

The tournament is part of PGA Merchandise Show week in Orlando, where the majority of the golf industry gathers for three days of sales and meetings

“We started a little slow but a couple of lengthy putts got us going,” said Side, a London native. “Then Bubba did it all on the last hole.”

All four teammates agreed that they loved the golf course, a 26-year-old Ron Garl design with brand new Mini-Verde greens.

“Good track, great greens,” said Dickerson.

“Yes, the greens were fabulous,” said Side. “And it is a pretty course; lots of shape and movement. I really enjoyed it.”

The fast, true putting surfaces were the talk of many of the 108 players in the field.

“I was so impressed with the greens,” said former World Long Drive Champion David Mobley, playing in this event for the second straight year. “The new Mini Verde greens really force you to golf your ball. You have to put it in the right places on these greens. It’s an excellent layout, and these new greens make you play the golf course the way it is suppose to be played.”

Mobley was the “elder statesman” in a pairing that included Symetra Tour player Cindy Feng, the world’s No. 1 ranked 14-year-old Robin Wang and Carl Yaun, ranked among the top 10 15-year-olds in the world. They shot 58.

“That was such a treat to play with the kids,” said Mobley. “I will be back again next year if I can get that same team.”

Runners up at 55 and splitting $3,500 were Willie Mack, Tim O’Neal, Tommy Schaff and Harold Varner. Among other bigger names in the field were former PGA Tour players Jim Thorpe and Fulton Allem.

The four players who knocked it closest to the flag on the par 3s earned a shot at a $100,000 hole in one, sponsored by Just One Golf. Just One uses technology to provide every player a chance to win cash and prizes for a hole in one or a ball that stops within the length of the flagstick. Just One preserves these great shot moments on HD video for a lifetime, The new game is installed at Timacuan’s 16th hole.

Jim Milford, Justin Martinson, Mark Silvers and Chris Marinaro, a club professional in Long Island who earlier aced the 13th, each took one shot on the 200-yard 16th, with an ace paying $100,000. All four hit the green, but it was Martinson’s shot that stopped just inches from the hole.

Timacuan Golf and Country Club is a semi-private club located just off I-4, 15 minutes north of Orlando.

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