44th Florida Senior Open Championship

Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club - Miromar Lakes
April 26-28, 2021

Branshaw closes in fashion to capture 44th Florida Senior Open!

MIROMAR LAKES, Fla. – David Branshaw used the low round of the championship to capture the 44th Florida Senior Open Championship on Wednesday at Miromar Lakes Golf & Beach Club. The Tampa resident fired a final-round 66 to take home the win at 12-under 204.

Branshaw began the final round in a tie for fourth place, two shots behind the leaders, after rounds of 67-71 to begin the championship.

He got off to a quick start in the final round with birdies on four of his first five holes to quickly move to 10 under. Despite back-to-back bogeys on the sixth and seventh, Branshaw made the turn at 2 under for day. Continuing his strong play on the back side, Branshaw birdied the 10th to take the lead at 9 under. 

"When I birdied 10, I thought I could be in the thick of it now," Branshaw said. 

He went on a commanding run, playing No. 14-17 at 5 under with three birdies and an eagle. The Avilia Golf & Country Club member ran into some trouble on the final hole, finishing with a double bogey, but it was still enough to earn the two-stroke victory.

His final-round 66 was the low round of the championship, as he picked up the win in his first Florida Senior Open appearance.

Miles McConnel secured Low Amateur honors and a runner-up finish, putting together rounds of 68-68-70 to finish the championship at 10-under 206. McConnell, who was also the Low Amateur at the 2018 Senior Open, finished the final round with a bogey-free back nine, with two birdies.

Daniel Olsen and Joe Alfieri finished tied for third at 7-under 209. Olsen posted rounds of 71-68-70 to take a share of third, while Alfieri used rounds of 69-68-72 to finish inside the top three in his Senior Open debut. 

Professional Purse

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Round 1 6,599 yds. 71.8/128
Round 2 6,562 yds. 71.8/128
Round 3 6,619 yds. 71.8/128

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Sunny Light breeze, mostly sunny 88 °F
Sunny Sunny and breezy 86 °F
Sunny Light Breeze 81 °F
Tournament Results
(a) = Amateur
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 David Branshaw 67 71 66 204 0
2 Miles McConnell (a) 68 68 70 206 4200
T3 Joe Alfieri II (a) 69 68 72 209 2700
T3 Daniel Olsen 71 68 70 209 0
5 Gene Fieger 68 69 73 210 0
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$52,000 Professional Purse

$10,000 Winner

$1,000 Minimum to Top-20 Finishers

Top Senior Amateurs & PGA Golf Professionals, age 50 & over, compete for a $50,000 purse in Florida's most competitive Senior Championship!

Tournament Summary

Format54 holes of individual gross stroke play

Eligibility Florida Resident at least 50 years of age; 
                   Professionals & amateurs

Handicap:  Florida GHIN 10.0 or less (amateurs)

Entry Fees:  Qualifying: Professional - $125 |  Amateur - $100
                      Exempt: Professional - $375 | Amateur - $250

Qualifying:  Six local qualifying sites

Exempt Players

Schedule of Events

Past Results

Championship Format

  • 54 holes of individual gross stroke play
  • Championship Field Size - 156 players
  • The field is cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes
  • The lowest score for 54 holes is the Champion

Eligibility

  • 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.
  • Florida Resident
  • At least 50 years of age as of the first day of the Championship
  • A valid Florida GHIN not exceeding 10.0 at time of entry (amateurs and amateurs awaiting reinstatement only)
  • Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA
  • PGA class A-3 members are ineligible
  • Playing Activity - Players that have played in more than 8 select professional tour events are ineligible

Estimated Purse

  • $52,000 Professional Purse - Click here to see estimated payouts
  • Winner's Check - $10,000
  • Top 20 professionals - $1,000 minimum

Entry Fees

  Qualifying Fee Championship Fee  Exempt Fee
 Professional
 $125  $300  $375
 Amateur  $100  $200  $250
  • 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 $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the qualifying field. 


 

Schedule of Events 

Monday, April 26th

  • 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
  • 12:30 PM - 2:18 PM - Round one tee times off #1 and #10

Tuesday, April 27th

  • 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
  • 12:30 PM - 2:18 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, April 28th

  • 7:45 AM - 9:32 AM - Final round tee times off #1 and #10
  • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM - Complimentary Players' Lunch Buffet
  • Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play

Pre-Registration

Those players who advance to the Championship through local qualifying must pre-register and remit the appropriate Championship Fee (see above) at www.fsga.org under the "My Account" section, located in the top right hand corner of the web-page. Payment must be received by Wednesday, April 21st by 3:30 PM or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship.

To Pre-Register:

  • Log on to the FSGA website at www.fsga.org using your email address and password
  • Click on "My Account" in the upper right hand corner of the homepage
  • Under "My Tournaments", click on the "Pre-Register" button to the right of the tournament name
  • Enter your credit card information and then click the "Charge My Card" button on the bottom right hand corner of the page

Refunds, Notice of Withdrawals

Qualifying Entry Fee - Requests for qualifying entry refunds received prior to entry closing date will be honored (less $20 per entry administrative fee). Requests received after the closing date will be honored (less 50% of entry fee). No requests will be honored within two days of the scheduled start date of the qualifier.

Championship Fee & Exempt Entry Fee - Requests for refunds of Exempt or Championship fees prior to the pre-registration deadline will be honored (less $20 per entry administrative fee). No requests will be honored after the pre-registration deadline (See pre-registration date displayed on this page).

Course Set-Up

The golf courses will be set-up at approximately 6,600 yards.

Local Qualifying

18 holes stroke play at 6 qualifying sites.

Transferring Qualifying Sites

Players may submit one entry for the Florida Senior Open and choose the site at which they will attempt to qualify.  However, if any site requires adjustment (including, but not limited to, the receipt of more entries than can be accommodated), players will be transferred to another site based on their preference listed on the entry application and date of receipt of entry application (i.e. later applicants will be subject to transfer).

Cart and Caddie Policy

During qualifying and the Championship proper, each player must use a golf cart which is included in the qualifying and Championship entry fees. Caddies are not permitted thru 5/1 of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Championship Practice Round and  Practice Facility Information

Practice rounds will be available to the competitors one week prior of the competition on a space available basis and after 11:00 AM the weekend prior. The cost of a practice round is $30 plus tax. Players will be responsible for direct payment of any fees for the practice rounds. To schedule a practice round, call the pro shop at 239-482-7644. 

Practice Before & Between Rounds

A player may not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty for first breach: General Penalty. Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.

Defending Champion

This event in 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, David Morland, of Palm Harbor Golf Club, overcame a six stroke deficit to capture the Florida Senior Open, at West Bay Golf Club. Matthew Avril (a), of Vero Beach, finished tied for second, alongside Victor Tortorici, and captured low amateur honors. Click here for 2019's results. 

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

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here
  • Caddies - Caddies are not permitted in thru 5/1 of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
  • Local Rules and Terms of the Competition - Click here.
  • Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
  • Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
  • Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.

Host Hotel and Accommodations

TBD

Dress Code

  • Proper attire for competitors and caddies is required at all times at the golf facility. Failure to comply may result in withdrawal of entry. 
  • Golf Shorts are permitted
  • All hats must be worn properly.
  • Collared shirts or shirts specifically designed for golf must be worn and tucked in at all times.
  • This code supplements any course or club guidelines, which shall take precedence.

Publicity and Promotion; Broadcasting

By participating in The Florida Senior Open you grant the FSGA/SFPGA and those acting with the FSGA/SFPGA, permission, authority and the permanent rights to use your name or likeness for publicity and promotional purposes. Participants understand that all Media, including film, photographic prints, audio or digital files are the exclusive property of the FSGA/SFPGA. Participants in FSGA/SFPGA events waive their rights to inspect or approve all media produced by the FSGA/SFPGA and those acting on the FSGA's behalf. Participants waive their permanent rights to compensation for use of their name and likeness by the FSGA/SFPGA.

Directions

Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club
18520 Miromar Lakes Boulevard
Miromar Lakes, FL 33913
239-482-7644

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