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Paul Fireman, who made his fortune as CEO of Reebok International, will buy Willowbend CC back from its equity members. The transaction will occur a year before scheduled and will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2011.
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., made a two-putt par on the first playoff hole Tuesday to win the opening event of the 34th annual PGA Tournament Series. It was Skinner’s third Tournament Series victory, all coming on opening day, the last two years on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club and in 2006 on the adjacent Ryder Course.
Skinner and Adam Rainaud of South Hadley, Mass., had tied at eight under par 136. The latter closed with the low round of the tournament, a 66 with three birdies on each nine, then losing when he made his only bogey of the day in overtime, at the par-4 18th.
“I knew I was in trouble when Sonny hit his tee shot into the fairway in the playoff hole,” Rainaud said. An assistant at Orchards Golf Club, Rainaud, 24, drove into a fairway bunker, hit the lip of the bunker with his second shot and watched as the ball careened across the fairway and into a lake After taking his drop, Rainaud hit the green and sank a 12-foot putt for bogey.
“He made me make that three footer to win,” smiled Skinner, 50, who two-putted from 25 feet for the victory. A teaching professional at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., Skinner, 50, made four bogeys in 36 holes, two each day, all by three-putting. “I still feel I played pretty well,” with an eagle Monday and five birdies each day for 67-69. “I was eight under par after 12 holes today, bogeyed 13 and 14, then birdied 15 and 16.”
Gary Trivisonno of Aurora, Ohio, who had shared the first round lead with Skinner and Simon McGreal of Greensboro, N.C., bogeyed the final hole for 70-137. He had birdied Nos.15, 16 and 17 and overall made seven birdies and five bogeys. McGreal closed with 78-145 to miss the money list by a stroke. He had a triple bogey at the par-4 14th hole, two birdies, three bogeys and a double.
There were 54 starters and a purse of $13,500 for the first of six events this season. Skinner earned $2,700. Play moves to the nearby PGA Country Club Thursday and Friday.
PGA of America Tournament Series PGA GC, Port St. Lucie, Fla. Wanamaker Course, 7,000 yards, par 72, Nov. 29-30
Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga., $2,700 67-69—136 Adam Rainaud, South Yardley, Mass., $1,950 70-66—136 Skinner won playoff, par-4 on first extra hole. Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio, $1,225 67-70—137 Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y,, $858.33 69-69—138 Dwayne Randall, Findley Lake, N.Y., $858.33 68-70—138 Blanton Ressin, Vail, Colo., $858.33 68-70—138 Mark Brown, Glen Head, N.Y., $675 69-70—139 Ken Martin, Wellington, $560 72-68—140 Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, $560 71-69—140 Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minn., $560 70-70—140 Bill Murchison, Canton, Ga., $560 69-71—140 Chris Borgen, Eagan, Minn., $455 72-70—142 Mike Smith, Titusville, $455 72-70—142 Colin McKern, Hoover, Ala., $412.50 71-72—143 Frank Bensel, Purchase, N.Y., $412.50 68-75—143 Rick Schuller, Chester, Va., $100 74-70—144 Devin Gee, Oakmont, Pa., $100 71-73—144 Frank Dully, Salem, Mass., $100 69-75—144 Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill., $100 68-76—144