Golfers from The Villages earn medals at  Florida State Senior Games

On day five of the Florida State Senior Games Wednesday, golfers from The Villagers shined.

Over two days of 36-hole competition, The Villages’ Rick Butler was the only golfer to record back-to-back days of scores in the 70s. 

Over two days of Florida Senior Games 36-hole golf competition, Butler was the only golfer to record back-to-back days of scores in the 70s. He shot a 73 on Tuesday and followed up with a 70 on Wednesday for a 143 to win the 55-59 age group gold medal and set a new 36-hole all-time best score.

Silver medalist Judy Stillman, Gold medalist Rick Butler and Bronze medalist June DeRousse, from left.

His two-day score of 143 bested the previous record by four strokes.

Fellow golfer Nick Kent, also of The Villages, shot a 147 (75-72) over two days in 2015 competing in the 70-74 age group.

Butler’s 70 is the lowest Florida State Senior Games 18-hole total since St. Cloud’s Robert Cunningham shot a 69 for a gold medal in the 60-64 age group.

Besides Butler, only seven other golfers had scores in the 70s.

For his two under par score, Butler had 35’s on both the front and back nine. The Villager had five birdies on the day, including one on a 450-yard par five. He also shot par on nine holes.

 “I hit 13 or 14 greens today and didn’t have any three putts,” said Butler of his gold-medal winning performance. “I also chipped in from the fringe a couple of times. 

Butler played golf at Gannon University, a Division II school in Erie, PA, where he earned All-America status in 1986.

Judy Stillman, resident of The Villages, entered the second round of the ladies’ 65-69 age group three strokes ahead of Lakeland’s Judy Brown.

Brown, made a big comeback to take the gold medal with Stillman settling for a silver medal.

Brown won her 14th gold medal in the past 15 years with a two-day total of 174 (87-87).

On the front nine, Brown cut Stillman’s lead to one stroke with a 44 while Stillman had a 46. Brown shot a 43 on the back to Stillman’s 50 to take the gold medal.

 

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