Chuck Moran is your winner at the 2005 South Padre Island Texas Senior Open, completed on Friday. Moran posted rounds of 69, 72 and 70 at South Padre Island Golf Club, then survived a three-way playoff against Dean Overturf and David Lunstrom. Steve Veriato nearly joined the playoff with a final round of 66, but fell a shot short and wound up in a fourth-place tie with Denny Stolhand.
The complete results are available here.
A couple items of interest come to mind looking at the results:
• Second-place finisher Lundstrom, of Houston, and fourth-place finisher Veriato, of Marcos, are among a handful of Texas who'll be playing the final stage of Champions Tour qualifying Nov. 16-21. Other Texans in the final field: Perry Arthur, Plano; Keith Fergus, Sugar Land; Doug Higgins, Fort Worth; Garry Rippy, Austin; Tom Strueber, Dallas.
• The golfer who tied for 12th at the SPI TSO was Joe Jimenez. I ran across his name a couple days ago browsing the About.com Golf site. It was an article about age-shooter records - you know, youngest to shoot his age and so on. Jimenez holds the record for youngest golfer on any of the world's major pro tours to shoot his age (firing a 63 in a Champions Tour event when he was 65). That was in 1991, which means Joe is around 79 years old today. Yet there he was finishing 12 at the SPI TSO, shooting rounds of 75, 74 and 72. I played a group behind Joe at The Republic in San Antonio not too long ago, and he still hits the ball a mile (compared to us mere mortals).